This one is one of my favorite videos to show to my little people. I show it during the first quarter/semester to help them when we talk about singing voice, but it can come back in the second semester because they love the video and because lord knows that we need as much reinforcement to remember concepts as we can get! This version of the song (the clip that’s available on YouTube) isn’t really very good quality. I would seriously recommend that you go and buy the DVD of “Enchanted” from your local video store, from Target, or online. Now is the time to buy, friends. People have great sales in January because they know that lots of folks aren’t buying anymore. They put out sales to entice post-Holiday shoppers out. And the DVD is cheap anyway. In fact, here it is on Amazon for $4. Bam! Go get it! There are other songs that I use from this DVD to teach other things so worth buying the whole movie, but this song is the best. Worth the $4.
I tie this in when I teach singing voice. There’s a place in my room called Arioso Island (this is a John Feierabend idea/trick that I’ll try and blog about later… he’s great) where we only use our singing voices. For my mostly Hispanic, English Language Learning students, this is hard. They don’t grow up singing at home and they rarely get that reinforcement. It’s weird for them to use their singing voices and they initially feel uncomfortable with it. So I leave this spot in my room as a place where we only sing. If you use your speaking, whisper, or shouting voice I won’t be able to understand you; I only understand your singing voice (again, this is from Feierabend’s books—Conversational Solfege and First Steps In Music—which are both worth a look. You can get them from Groth Music which is cheap, West Music, or straight from his website).
We talk about the different voices, we spend time at Arioso Island and they get used to me using my singing voice to talk about all sorts of things, and they get a chance to identify singing and non-singing voices. Then we get to the video!
And that’s the lead-in to the video. I left my copy of the DVD at school, so I can’t tell you the exact minute where I start the video, but this YouTube clip comes very close to where I start and end the video. We come in right before the song “That’s How You Know…” the song in the park. Again, I reinforce that she’s going to use her singing voice but that most people in this city only use their speaking voice. “Watch and see what the other people do when they hear her using her singing voice!”
So, in conclusion, go buy Enchanted on DVD and don’t use this YouTube clip unless you have to. Number 1 this YouTube clip is breaking copyright laws and Number 2 the clip when shown from a DVD will be much clearer and have better audio. It’s worth the few dollars that you’re gonna spend on it. I also use a video from earlier in the movie (when she’s cleaning up the apartment with the rats) to act as a preview when we talk about princesses and fairy tales, to talk about singing/work songs, and to reinforce other things. It’s a cute movie and, again, it’s cheap. This video is smack-dab in the middle and is easy to find. Go and get it!