Students Compose Sight-Singing Warm-ups

Students Compose Sight-Singing Warm-ups

Andrea Reinwald
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Pawnee CUSD #11

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software


Middle School




Finale Notepad in a computer lab


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students should be familiar with eighth notes, quarater notes, haalf notes and whole notes as well as quarter rests. They should also be familiar with the pitches Do, Re, Mi, Fa, and Sol. In addition they should be able to use Finale Notepad.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 


piano Worksheet – Junior High Four Measure Warm-up by Step pencil


Students will create a four measure vocal warm-up using correct musical notation and following the guidelines set aside on their worksheet. These warm-ups will later be sung throughout the week as sight-reading exercises.


Lead the students in vocal warm-ups, including at least one that uses the pitches Do, Re, Mi, Fa and Sol. Then review with the students how to locate the pitches on a staff.

Hand out the worksheet (which follows) and go over the directions with the students.

–Please note, the music notes ( which on my worksheet i used another font) did not appear here. You will need to draw them in and add a blank staff at the bottom of the page.

Name: __________________
Junior High
Four Measure Warm-up by Step

1. Divide the staff below into 4 measures.
2. Draw a double bar at the end.
3. Place a 4/4 time signature at the beginning of the first measure.
4. You may use the following notes and rests for your composition
a. = half of one beat
b. = one beat
c. = two beats
d. = four beats
e. = one beat
5. Use the following pitches in your composition DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL
6. Begin on DO and end on DO (DO is shown for you)
7. Go from step to step Don t jump around. You may repeat notes. For example begin on do then your next note could be re or another do if you chose re then your next note could be do, re or mi.
8. Each measure should be different.
9. If you have any questions raise your hand.
10. When you finish turn your paper over.

Upon completion of the worksheet the students will proceed to the computer lab where they will transcribe their four-measure composition into Finale Notebook. Students will be allowed to modify their compositions upon hearing them.

After the student has typed in the composition he/she will print it out and turn it in.
I will then compile the compositions and distribute copies to all of the students.

I will select one or two compositions for the class to sight-read together.


Grade the Finale notepad work as you would any other.

Follow Up:

Additional Use For Lesson; The remaining compositions can be used throughout the week as sight-reading exercises

Items to Purchase:

none needed – Finale Notepad is free.

When budget should be submitted:


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