The right pitch (DE)
Singing becomes even more fun for children when they sing at the right pitch. When you present songs to children, be careful that the song is not too low. For children age 6-7, a d will be low enough, while children age 9-10 can reach a low b easily. Neither should children sing too loud. This is not good for their voices: their throats could get sore or they could sing the wrong notes. Inga Mareile Reuther of the German JeKISS-project shows this in this short and easy video (in German).
JEKISS (Each child its voice) combines working with a children’s choir and advanced vocal training for teachers. With this combination it is possible to mobilise a whole school community for music making.
The idea and the pedagogical concept for ‘JEKISS, Jedem Kind seine Stimme’ (“every child it’s voice”) were developed by Inga Mareile Reuther, music pedagogue at the Westfälischen Schule für Musik (Music school of Westfalen). What is special about ‘JEKISS’, is the combination of working with a children’s choir and advanced vocal training for teachers. With this combination it is possible to mobilise a whole school community for music making.
School choirs are the nucleus of singing schools
The biggest challenge is for the children in the school choir, which is the nucleus of a ‘singing school’. Those children receive intensive vocal training. In parallel with the school choir, all schoolteachers (independently of their subjects and qualification) receive intensive training. This training enables them to use singing as a daily musical diet at school that can be used in many ways. Each class contains one or more members of the school choir. These children are familiar with the repertoire and can help the teacher and the other children to sing. In this way, the whole school community becomes a ‘singing school’. Singing becomes a regular activity during school events, like school parties or school religious services. It also helps to develop a sense of togetherness at the school.