student not echoing back accurately
Date: May 19, 2015
I direct a choir of youth in grades 3 through 7 and we use the RSCM "Voice For Life" program as well as other materials. A 7th grade student with whom I have been working on some of the individual goals is having a difficult time hearing a short melody or rhythm and echoing it back accurately. I have tried a few different tactics: playing the melody on piano versus singing it versus playing it on flute; asking her to cover one ear; recording her and asking her to listen to the recording. None of these tactics seem to measurably improve her accuracy, although her accuracy improved somewhat when I sang the melody versus playing it on an instrument. The melodies and rhythms she is being asked to echo are short, like 6 to 8 beats long, and not terribly complex. Echoing something back is something we do frequently in our rehearsal time, but I wonder if you all have some other techniques to use to help individuals develop such a skill?
Thanks in advance!
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