I like structure, and though I am blessed with creativity, I find structure and organization comforting and makes lessons go much more smoothly! I always begin lessons with the same format; knees-a-knees-a-pizza-pie, see the post about that here. Echo clapping and singing, vocal exploration in some format, sometimes like this (always asking "Does it start high or low" and vocally demonstrate where to start. Email me for full set of winter vocal exploration cards at musicquilt@Hotmail.com :
We also do a variety of movement activities; I consider all this to be warm-up activities.
There are several lessons I use to prepare "high/low"; some of the warm up activities also include elements of high and low; I play the slide whistle while the children move (or sing) up and down; they love it when I play one scale degree, then another, slowly, make 'em wait for it, then quickly slide back down, (or up if we began high), adding a scale degree each time. Hysterical giggles in the music room when I play very fast glissandi up and down.
Someone Standing on a Big High Hill
I recently found this song and love it for it's flexibility to teach many concepts!
Up, Up, Down by Robert Munsch
Can I just say, BUY THIS BOOK!!! Wow... rife with possibilities for teaching high and low. It's also a bit naughty.. hahaha... in a good way, people! It is about a little girl, Anna, who likes to climb things, but usually she falls down. Can you see the musical values already? I have the students go to the instruments after moving with the story up, up, up, up, fall..... down, then we learn to play up, up, up, up, faaaaall down (glissandi up and down). We also sing "ow, ow, ow, ow, ow" (in the book) as S M L S M each time. This is a definite keeper and the book and illustrations are pure Munsch magic! Book available from amazon.com here.
Mortimer by Robert Munsch
So there are a few things to get you started, hope you enjoyed some of these. What are your favorite ways to teach high and low?