I recently saw a box of "Whispys" in my librarian's office and asked her what they were (see a similar product on the Lakeshore website). She said students would read aloud to themselves while holding the Whispy to their head like a telephone so that they could better hear what they were saying and reading. I thought this could be a cool idea to transfer to the music room. I borrowed the Whispys and tried them out with my quietest class. They use something like this in their classroom when they read during their reading block, but they'd not used them for something like singing. This class is very timid when they sing and seem like they're not very confident in their singing voices. I encouraged them to listen to themselves while they sing and to make sure they were using their singing voice and not their speaking voice. I even demonstrated the difference between singing and speaking and let them echo me with the Whispy at their ear.
I'm not totally sure that it made a huge and lasting change but I did hear something different coming from them that day. I'm interested to use these again and see how this might help us as we continue to struggle to match pitch (especially in Kindergarten) and how it can help some of my little ones transition to their singing voice all the time.
Has anyone else used something like this? I'd love if you would share with me how you use it and what you think. Leave me a comment below and help me figure out how to use these more effectively! They seem like such a great tool!