The Power of So and Mi
Something happened recently that proved how powerful solfege can be! My fine arts department hosted a math competition for all grade levels during their fine arts time. We gathered the classes under the pavilion where they have P.E. When first grade arrived, I grabbed their attention with echo clapping. I still heard some talking. Then, I started to sing So/Mi patterns for my students to echo back to me. It was a remarkable sound! Imagine around 140 first graders singing together, and they were mostly in tune!! The power of that sound moved me.
It sparked so many ideas. If my first graders can sing So/Mi patterns beautifully, imagine if they sing actual songs together. I could build a choral program starting in first grade. I know I may be jumping ahead of myself. But, I encourage you to try it out, if you haven't already. Primary students are capable of more than we give them credit for, and my recent experience proved it!