In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we play a love-filled classic, Skidamarink!
In "Skidamarink" we...
-Sing about the hand-signs, letters and colors
-Start a song on the G note (instead of the C note)
-Sing with our falsetto voice
-Learn that the falsetto voice is also referred to as our head voice, high voice, grandma voice, etc)
-Practice with the note “Ti”
The end half of Chapter 8 is going to focus mostly on playing songs that put our musical skills to the test and it’s worth firing up the videos for some extra practice with the songs.
This version of Skidamarink is a simple accompaniment based on the melody. In other words, it doesn’t play every note of the melody, but rather plays a simplified version that’s easy to follow.
The end section of the lesson (after the song) explains a little bit about singing with your falsetto voice. Young kids might not have to jump to their falsetto to sing some of the Gs, As and Bs, but most will want to jump to a falsetto for some of the highest notes (like the High C and High D).
It can be a little tricky to get people singing in their falsetto voice, but trying to put on a “grandma voice” is a fun an easy way to communicate the high pitch nature of singing falsetto.
If you remember 8.1, Mr. Rob sang from a low C, up to a middle C, up again to a higher C and up even further to Sol. Getting children to try and sing from the very bottom to the very top of their range can introduce an exciting and fun twist on singing Solfege, and it’s worth revisiting this idea, this time focusing a bit more on activating your falsetto voice in the highest range.
You can further engage your learners by asking them
“Can you show me how you sing in your falsetto voice?”
“What’s the highest note you can sing without your falsetto?”
“What’s the highest note you can sing WITH your falsetto?”
In the next lesson, we'll practice our rhythm skills with Sweet Beets 7!