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Singing with Kodaly & Curwen Hand Signals

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Maggie Bristol

on 25 November 2013

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Singing with Kodaly & Curwen Hand Signals
I would like to show that the use of the Kodaly sight singing method, along with the Curwen hand signals for the elementary music student can help facilitate stronger interval recognition skills for singing.
Literature Review
Close to 90% of students are still struggling with basic singing (Reifinger, 2009).
Levinowitz found that up to 90% of students are categorized as inaccurate singers (Gadberry, 2010).
Researchers have found that only 35% of students are able to sing the song "America" on the correct pitch (Gadberry, 2010).
"It is probable that the music experience a child receives in the younger grades can have a profound effect on their pitch and singing ability" (Kenney, 2011).
Based on research and study, my thesis was proved that the Kodaly Solfege Method along with the Curwen hand signals show a significant improvement in interval recognition skills in singing for elementary students. I will continue to use this method in future classes to support successful sight singing and ear training.
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Presented by - Maggie Bristol
All Songs by - Spotlight on Music - 2nd Grade
Gadberry, David. "Patterns for Sight-Singing: Are We Sure?" 2010
Kenney, Susan. "Teaching Young Children How to Sing." 2011
Reifinger, Jr., James L. "An Analysis of Tonal Patterns Used for Sight-Singing Instruction in Second-Grade General Music Class." 2009
Spotlight on Music by MacMillan/McGraw-Hill - 2nd Grade

Introduce So and Mi
Review So and Mi
Introduce Do
Review Do
Introduce La
Review La
Introduce Re
Review Re
Review Do, Re, Mi, So
Review Do, Re, Mi, So, La
National Arts Standards
1a. Sing Independently on pitch and in rhythm.
5a. Read eighth notes, quarter notes and rests.
5b. Read simple pitch notation.
Georgia Performance Standards
M2GM.1 - Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
M2GM.3 - Reading and notating music.
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