Have you noticed how many songs we sing that use non-sense syllables instead of words? This week we will gallop to “William Tell’s Ride,” play with jingle bells to “Bim Bam,” click our sticks to “Dee Da Dum,” and hum “Cloud Song” as the lullaby. All these songs use vocables instead of words and this is why:
Words in songs can get in the way of a young child’s ability to process the music
Singing songs with vocables can give children direct access to the melody and rhythm of the music without the distraction of language
You can do this at home with any tune. Pick a fun vocable like “dee” or “la” and sing the tune together!