Kazoos you say? Yes, at Sing Squad I tend to use kazoos each week to help with warm ups, tricky bits in pieces. They are a brilliant tool to use for warm ups and to encourage sustainable singing as they remove the tendency in beginners to push their voices. They are lots of fun – so the students tell me. It’s the teenagers who seem to enjoy using them the most.
In the infants and junior classes as well as singing some fantastic songs, which are musical theatre and some charts, we look at fun ways to explore the voice that are healthy (hence the kazoos), ensuring that students use all areas of their voice from low to high, and using some fun tongue twisters to get ‘the tip of the tongue and the teeth and the lips’ moving. I also teach them Solfège, a way to learn intervals – do re mi fa so la ti do. This is the favourite part of the lesson for some of them.
In the seniors class, I adopt a similar approach to Harmonix, and focus on an area of voice each week, but it tends to be on a smaller scale (it’s half the lesson time) and we still use the kazoos – I mean they LOVE them for some strange reason. They also do more complex harmonies to push them further.
Don’t worry about sharing the kazoos, each child has their name written on theirs, so they use the same one each week.
All of the sessions are held at the BHVA studio at The Yards, Market Street, Kettering NN16 0AH. Each session lasts for 45 minutes and costs £6 per week.
To book your child’s place you can contact use the following ways:
Call 01536 519201 (if I’m not about please leave a message)
Text 07786 544087 (you can always call this number too)