I love to teach. Being a private music instructor can be challenging, but I’ve always looked at it as an adventure. My young vocal students are at a fragile time in their formative years. So, I take my role as their instructor very seriously.
When I first began, I was always struggling to find material that fit the needs of my studio. Piano is easy. There are countless curriculum choices and an endless supply of arrangements suited to a student’s level of learning. Voice is a different world. While there are many great resources, finding a reliable curriculum that gives the student a clear set of goals and expectations is often a challenge. A teacher often has to gather the resources and align them to each student. I align my studio with the Royal Conservatory’s Music Program and my students enjoy the clearly outlined program.
In the process of getting to a well-outlined course of study, I’ve done some writing of my own to supplement my studio needs. Many of the songs from “IN MY BACKYARD” were the result of that work. “Busy, Buzzy, Fuzzy Bumblebee” is a fun way to sing a chromatic scale. If you use the songbook, you’ll discover that solfege syllables are included.
In fact, “Owl in the Tree” is a great warm up on the pentascale. The solfege can be substituted readily for the entire song to teach and reinforce Do Re Mi Fa Sol. For those students a bit more confident with solfeggio, try using it with “Give a Hoot.” The descending scale of the chorus is a great vocal or choral warm up that your students will enjoy singing time and again.
Download it or order the songbook today. In My Backyard is a great addition to your repertoire and supplemental library!