Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Singing Emotions: A Simple Singing Game

Singing Emotions - A Simple Singing Game photo
A simple singing game

When we talk, we use the tone and the mood of how we say the words to convey our feelings.  

Sometimes we use the same exact words but we change their meaning by changing our tone.

When we answer the question, "How are you?"

We may answer "I'm fine."  

If we say it with a smile on our face and in a pleasant way, it will mean we are happy.

If we say it sarcastically or angrily it will convey that something is wrong and we are really feeling the opposite of fine.

Singing is just like speaking.  We can change the emotions of the words by changing the emotions and moods of our singing voice.

Pick a song everyone knows such as Jingle Bells; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; or Happy Birthday

Have everyone sing the song using different moods.

I have a die I found from an old game that has emotions on it and I have my students roll to see how we are going to sing the song.

Emotion ideas:  

Happy - it is your birthday and you have a pile of presents to open

Sad - your pet has just run away from home

Laughing - everyone loves to laugh their way through a song!

Goofy - sing as silly as possible

Angry - you are really mad because someone has just kicked your dog!

Scared - you are afraid of the monster under your bed

In love - you are very much in love and feel wonderful

Gross or weird - this is another popular one, especially with the boys!

The whole point of this exercise is to show that it doesn't matter what words you are singing but you can control the mood of a song by thinking of that mood and making your voice match your ideas and thoughts.



  1. What a fun game! We will be trying it today!

    1. Thanks for letting me know you are going to try it out! I hope you all have fun. :)

  2. This is wonderful for both helping children learn about and name their emotions, and building background knowledge for expressive reading. Music helps children learn so many things and is so important!

    I just tried twice to comment from my iPad and the comment disappears. I have to figure out why.

    Nice post!

    1. Isn't it amazing how a simple game can teach so many different things? Emotions are an important concept to grasp! Thanks for commenting Carolyn!

  3. Thanks for sharing! My second graders are going to be learning about singing expressively and with emotion...I will be using this, this week!
    Newest follower to your blog!

    1. Cool! I know they will have fun while learning!