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This is how we organized the Great American Singing Challenge that started in 2008 and ran about three years. Unfortunately, the software program Singing Coach that we used is no longer available.

1. Pre-test using the song, "My Country 'Tis of Thee" on Singing Coach software.   

2. Practice at home, in the school music room or computer lab.

3. Post-test using "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

4. Hold a Sing-Along in the spring (optional) to build community through singing together and to motivate students by honoring those who are the most improved and highest scoring (50% of each).

Many schools and districts held singalongs and honored the students who were most improved and highest scoring (50% of each) by having them sing up front on stage. Des Moines Public Schools bused all 2400 third graders to a huge Sing-along in 2009.

Sing-Along for 2400 third graders
Des Moines, IA Public Schools