Music Lesson: Solfege
(Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music)
What is solfege?
Solfege is an important part of learning to read music and is a technique used to teach sight-singing or sight reading. Each note in solfege is sung to a different syllable do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti, and each note has a corresponding hand sign (as seen in photo below).
To teach your child solfege do the following:
1. Sing do (doh) to the first pitch of any major scale (i.e. if you choose the major C scale, C would be your first note).
2. Now, sing and sign do with your hand (as seen in photo below).
3. Have your child sing and sign do. If needed, help mold your child's hand into the do shape until he or she can sign do his or herself.
4. Continue to teach your child every solfege sign and syllable.
5. Note: Solfege is a great way to introduce music to your baby!
Do = Doh (For the C scale you will sing C pitch)
Re = Ray (For the C scale you will sing D pitch)
Me = Mee (For the C scale you will sing E pitch)
Fa = Fah (For the C scale your will sing F pitch)
Sol = Soh (For the C scale you will sing G pitch)
La = Lah (For the C scale you will sing A pitch)
Ti = Tee (For the C scale you will sing B pitch)