I decided to explore a variation of Irina Gorin’s “jello” image to teach an 8-year old how to produce a deep, resonant singing tone. She’d been studying piano with me for two years and relished the opportunity to plunge her tiny fingers into a wad of putty that I had acquired at the Dollar store. It took several plastic eggs worth to provide an adequate sample, but we could definitely have used more. Play dough would have been a better alternative.
The videotape below illustrates how the student and I collectively realized a creative goal by kneading the “clay” and practicing “Walking and Running” from Book I, Dozen a Day, by Edna-Mae Burnam.