|A simple singing game|
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.
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.