1.Unison, divide class into 2 groups. Only the group that the conductor directs toward sings. When the conductor directs toward the other group, that group sings at whatever point the other group left off. The entire class should be tapping a steady beat on their legs while they sing and while they don’t.
2.Melody with repeated ostinato: While one part sings the melody of “Jesus Loves Me,” another part repeats: “Jesus loves me” on “titi ta two” all sung on “do” then add another, “Je-sus loves me” on “ta ta ta ta” singing “so-mi-so-mi”.
3.Canon: One group starts and another echoes 2 or 4 beats later. This can be done on songs not traditionally sung as rounds. For this exercise, it’s OK if the harmony is dissonant at times. Try a 2-beat echo on “Jesus Loves Me.”
4.Follow teacher hand-signs: Both parts begin on do. T hand-sign group 2 up to “re”, then “mi”, and both parts hold out their notes and listen. Conductor moves each group independently with step-wise movement.
5.Melody with descant, words not sung at same time (“Silent Night”, “In Repentance and Rest”)
6.Melody with high tenor that parallels the words and notes of melody line (“I’ll Be List’ning”, “I Got Shoes”)
7.Melody with alto that has different rhythm (“Hide Thou Me”)
8.Two lower parts that parallel each other with descant (refrain of “The Music of Heaven” and “The Lord is My Light”)
9.Now the children are ready to sing traditional homophonic music (“How Can I Keep From Singing?”)