I recently blogged about Mozart the Marvelous Mouth Magician and his wonderful hat, the hat that helped him get into his head voice. The first graders love Mozart and were really excited that I told them that they would make their own hats. I will admit that this was a spur-of-the-moment idea and not aesthetically planned out well. But we do what we can! I gave each child a 12x18 piece piece of construction paper to decorate. I then took them home and rolled them into a cone so the kids would have their own "Magical Mouth Hat". I assess head voice during Echo Roll Call, which I have used for years. I learned it from the book One, Two, Three, Echo Me by Loretta Mitchell. The students sing a so-mi pattern to respond. When the students performed roll call on this day, I told them to aim for the point of the hat and see if their ears would tickle. When the kids put on their hats, suddenly many sang out. Some of my chest voice kids sang at least 3-4 pitches higher. Two of m...