Emotion Flashcards for Singers


Hey Voice Teachers! I haven’t forgotten about you 😉 These Emotion Cards have been up my sleeve for a while now, and I finally got around to formatting them for the blog.

What are Emotion Cards?

You’ve probably asked your students to “sing with more emotion” before, right? Sometimes it works wonderfully, but sometimes emotions fall… a bit flat. This semester I wanted to come up with a fun way to get students thinking about how to portray emotions physically and vocally.

They’re super easy to make – just download and print double-sided on card stock. (Try colorful card stock if you want them to look a little fancier!) Toss all the cards into a container such as a shoe box or small plastic bin, and you’re ready to go.

We use these cards in the studio during warm-ups or while singing repertoire. Here’s one of my favorite ways to use these cards during a lesson:

Super Emotional Warm-Up Exercise:

  1. Choose a familiar warm-up exercise and put some fun words to it, such as “Oh what a beautiful day” 1-3-5-8-5-3-1 arpeggio up and down, or “I take a test today” on a 1-5-4-3-2-1.
  2. Mix up the emotion cards in a shoe box and have your students draw one card at a time. Whatever emotion they draw, they must sing the exercise with that emotion!
  3. Once they “master” that emotion, have them draw another card.

Download the Cards

Click the image below to download. As always, be sure to download the file first before printing. Open it with any PDF reader for the best printing results.

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Teaching Tip: 

Some of the emotions might be a bit confusing for young singers, so I suggest sorting the emotions into age-appropriate piles before using them with your littles! Stick to the basics for beginners, and then add more complex emotions as they get more advanced. I hope you and your students enjoy using these flashcards!

Look out for future vocal resources!

I’m working on another set specifically designed for young singers, and I’ve got a few other resources spinning around in mind. Stay TunedBe sure to SUBSCRIBE to the blog and follow me on Facebook  for announcements about new freebies and resources!

What are some of your favorite games to play during vocal warmups? Share descriptions or links in the comments below!

P.S. Did anyone else notice the Inside Out reference in the image at the top of this blog post? I LOVE that movie!

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