Vocal Exploration. I'm sure many of you are doing this frequently. It is so good for young voices! I use exploration with my younger students to discover high vs. low, smooth vs. choppy, long vs. short, and so much more. I have some pre-made sets that I show on my white board, or have the students draw on the board with a marker. They've even followed a leader as they wave a scarf or some object, and students will follow that with their voices. We pick a neutral syllable, and off we go! As simple as it sounds, the kids really do enjoy it.
Movement Exploration. I'm Kodaly trained and have been doing vocal explorations forever. But, I recently have been working on my Orff certification, and have been using lots and lots more movement activities in my classroom. To clarify - I've always been moving in class, but it used to be really structured all of the time - folk dances, specific actions, etc. I still do all of that, but in Orff, a huge push is for improvisation and exploration. This past summer, we really worked on exploring different pathways through movement - zigzag, spiral, straight, etc. And then it dawned on me - why can't I use the same exploration activities through movement that I'm already using with voice?
So easy, and maybe I'm the only one that hadn't thought of this - but it's so much fun! The kids love finding pathways through the music room. Fun really happens when they use their voices and movements at the same time.
So, I uploaded this little file to Teachers Pay Teachers - free from now until Thanksgiving 2015. You can click here to get it.
Included are some basic exploration slides, like this: