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Teaching Training Choir I
Learning a new song: Training Choir Style
The song is simple: Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow. Many of you probably know it, or would at least recognize it. But here’s how Kathryn Barnard, director of the Oakland Girls Training Choirs, lays it out.
First, she teaches the first line in solfege. These 6 – 10 year-olds are pretty well-versed in the stuff, already. They say the solfege first, and then sing it. This helps them to connect the songs they learn to the theory they’ve begun.
Then, she teaches it to them by rote. She sings a line, they repeat it. This helps train their ears and listening skills.
Then, she makes it fun! She makes it into a game that gets them moving and making sounds in a healthy way.
Last, but definitely not least, she helps them to explore tempo by letting them choose how fast and slow each verse should go. By the end of the exercises, they have learned a new song, practiced solfege, and gotten some of the wiggles out so they can focus more on the harder songs that come next.
There are two Oakland Girls Training Choirs for 1st- 4th graders and 4th- 7th graders. These training choirs help lay the fundamentals of healthy singing and music theory in a fun and welcoming environment.