K-12 Rote Procedure for Teaching a Song

Seven Easy Steps for Highest Quality of Rote Teaching Students to Sing a Song

The following 7-step rote procedure is 100%, no-fail every single time for teaching students of any grade to learn a song with perfect accuracy.
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The procedure contains five rules that must never be forgotten or altered.
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Whether the song to be learned is an easy Preschool/Kindergarten song of 4 one-measure phrases like "Hot Cross Buns," or complex like Grades 4-5 "The Erie Canal" or "The Star-Spangled Banner," this procedure is accurate and precise every time.

RULE 1: The teacher NEVER sings with the students.
(Students are responsible for their own part without any help from the teacher.)

RULE 2: Students always perform motions on the beat while singing or chanting.
(Always have students perform motions while singing or chanting. These motions can be the meter (see Step 1 above) or dramatizing the words in an interpretive manner. Whichever is used, all motions must always be on the beat.)

RULE 3: Immediately correct all inaccuracies.
(Never let the students get away with any inaccuracy. It will come back to haunt you many times over. When the students sing wrong notes or wrong rhythms, without telling them what was wrong, simply repeat that part, emphasizing a little louder the particular notes or rhythms that were inaccurate. This draws the students' attention to the notes or rhythms on which they need to focus and fix. Continue this until they achieve accuracy. Compliment them and continue on.)

RULE 4: Never play any instrument or accompaniment, with yourself or with the students singing, until after step 6 is 100% successful.
(Neither you nor the students should use any "crutch" to substitute for independent musicianship. Add an instrument or sound track or the teacher singing along with them only after the song is accurately learned.)

RULE 5: Continuously promote vocal principles.
(When students become familiar with a song, they sing with excitement which is often increased volume. Never allow them to turn forte singing into yelling. Also, insist on proper posture with every singing event: sit tall, sit forward on chair, support from diaphragm, proper diction and mouth shape for all vowels and consonants, etc. The whole class should automatically "assume the position" whenever singing begins.)

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