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Performing and Arranging Using Our Voices

Aim: What are the different ways that we can use our voices?
Summary: Students explore whispering, speaking, singing, and calling voices.
Standards: US 1, 6; NYC 1, 2, 3
Grade: Kindergarten
Concept: Singing
Artistic Process: performing, creating
Materials: paper, pencil, picture cards, situation pictures, songs/poems
Time Required: 20 minutes


  1. Lead the class in call and response using and naming each of the four voice qualities: singing, whispering, speaking, and calling. (Example: This is my whispering voice.)
  2. Using the Teacher Worksheets with four pictures that each illustrate a voice quality, point to a picture, and have the class respond accordingly. (Example: Point to a picture of a boy telling a secret, and the class responds “This is my whispering voice!”)
    Download Teacher Worksheet (PDF)
  3. Have students identify situations for which each voice is appropriate on the student worksheet Using My Voice.
    Download Student Worksheet (PDF)

Going Deeper

Arrange a class song or poem using all four voices. Place picture cues at the beginning of each line and sing, speak, whisper, or call accordingly.


Kindergarten Summative Assessment Exemplar: Performing

This video is an exemplar of an activity from Carnegie Hall’s Music Educators Toolbox entitled "Identify Voice Types." Students listen to the teacher sing, speak, whisper, or shout and circle the corresponding picture of each voice type on the Student Worksheet.


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