Looking for a new choral warm-up?

Though it may be summertime (or almost summertime!) for many teachers, it’s never too early to start thinking about next school year! You may find yourself on the hunt for new resources and activities that you can use to engage your students. Never fear! Your QuaverMusic resources are FULL of ideas, just waiting for you to explore.

Today, we’ll be walking you through a warm-up that can be used with your choir or music class.

If you’ve attended a Quaver training or workshop with Austin Otto, you may remember this fun and engaging activity. It’s an excellent way to warm up your choir or class vocally and physically.

This hand clapping, “pattycake” exercise challenges students to sing and move at the same time, following the numbers 1-8 up and down the scale. Students start with “1,” which coincides with a pat on their legs. They then sing “1, 2, 1” which adds a clap in between the two pats. And so on.

Here’s Austin Otto himself with a handy video demonstration of how the movements should look!

Watch the video here!

How to access the Canon Vocalise activity:

  1. Visit QuaverMusic.com and log into your Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER Tab
  3. Navigate to Resource Manager
  4. Search “Vocalise” in the Resource Manager search bar

Use the following key:

1 = Patchen (Patting your legs)

2 = Clap

3 = Snaps

4 = Clap

5 = Partner (Pattycake)

6 = Clap

7 = Partner

8 = Clap

We hope you find this quick and easy warm-up helpful as you prepare for a new year!

Enjoy your summer! And don’t forget to enter our summer contest!



How will you use this warm-up in your class next year?


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2 thoughts on “Warm Up Your Choir with Vocalise!

  • June 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    My students LOVE the “Canon Vocalise” Song and this hand clap will only enhance their love of it! It helps them to truly grasp the magical difference of Major and Minor songs.

  • June 29, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Yay! So glad that this is a helpful exercise!

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