Do re me fa so la ti do
We all know or are aware of these eight syllables. We've all sung them at some point in time, whether as children or as adults.
They are what is known as the fundamentals of singing and music theory education. These syllables bring with them a lot of history. From their ancient origins in 991 AD and even earlier, they have been used to teach music theory for thousands of years. These syllables are also simple enough for children to learn and really help them get a good grasp of music theory; without them even knowing! The notes are simple enough for them to quickly sing along to and the syllables are simple enough for them to pronounce or mimic in the best way they can.
Since we are still moving through our "Ocean" theme and seaweed segment, it is obvious that this activity focuses on seaweed using the final product from our Seaweed Arts and Crafts Project. We simply just placed the seaweed on the floor so our students could see the letters and sang the word seaweed using the do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do melody.
How did it go?
As simple as this activity is the essence of it was clearly understood more by our older students, whereas our younger students enjoyed pointing at the letters and in some cases attempted to say the word seaweed! The success of this activity definitely depends on how it is introduced to your students and what your expectations are. Your expectations should vary based on the age of your students. As a whole, though, we were very pleased with how it was received by our students; of all ages. Even though our younger students couldn't really do much more than watch and point at the letters, they all patiently sat through the activity and were excited to interact with the prop. In our opinion, once our students are engaged and learning something, that is an indicator of success!
One suggestion we have to make this activity more music theory based would be to sing the solfege up and down different octaves.
Take a look!
So if you are looking for a solfege based, ocean-themed music activity for your music class then feel free to watch our video. We are confident that your students will benefit greatly from it!
Tiva & Randa