Singing Piano Club Wrap-up, January 20th 2021 - Introduction

Notes/Outline from today’s meeting:

Singing Piano Club Notes: How Singing and Piano Build on/Help Each Other

  1. Singing and piano help us develop our musical ear.
    a. As we learn vocal exercises to do with our pianos, we will be able to better hear & pick out (either vocally or in our heads) scales, intervals, harmonies, and melodies. We can use our pianos to help guide our voices to correct tones/notes, and we can use our voices to help guide us to what notes to play on the piano. As we develop our musical ear with singing and playing, we will be able to better hear what does and does not fit as we sing or play the piano.

  2. We can also use piano and our voices to guide us to what keys certain songs are in.
    a. By singing a song, we can take the first note we sing and find it on the piano. Once we have the correct note, we can use that on the piano to find our tonic and key. This will also help us by giving us the ability to determine what key we should be in to fit our voice more comfortably – guiding us on where we need to transpose the music to. We will also be able to pick up on when we are (or are not) singing in the correct key with the music.

  3. Piano and Singing can work together to create a deeper emotion to a piece/song.
    a. By singing along as we play piano, or by adding piano to our singing, we are adding another layer of emotion and sound to our piece/song, giving it even more depth and beauty.

  4. Singing and Piano can work together to help us create melodies, or to add our own sounds to existing ones. a. We can use our voices to guide us on what notes or chords we would like to add to our music, and we can use our piano to help guide our voice as we create progressions and melodies.(edited)

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: Try singing along as you play the first 5 notes of the C major scale (C, D, E, F, & G) in ascending and then descending order. Middle C is a great place to start. If your voice is deeper, you can move down one octave to the C below middle C. You can sing using an “ahhh” sound or you can hum along instead. Please try to go up and back down the 5 note scale in one fluid motion. As you do this, pay attention to what you’re feeling and how your voice sounds. Do you feel like you are hitting the notes well? How is your breath? Are you tense or relaxed? Focusing on how you feel and how your voice sounds will help us know what to focus on as we progress.