What Kind of Voice Is It? #006

Discovering the different vocal registers of women and men: the children explore high- and low-pitched sounds by listening to musical pieces sung by a woman and a man.

Musical concept : Pitch  High/Low


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Language : Expands their vocabulary


  • Cognitive : Draws upon their capacity for attention and memory
  • Emotional : Engages in experiences suited to their abilities


  • Physical and motor : Explores sensory perceptions


  • Social : Participates in
    group activities


Prerequisites : None

Necessary material

  • A melodic instrument: xylophone, chimes, bells or piano, for example.                                                                                                                    OR                                                                   
  • Two glasses containing sufficiently different quantities of water to produce sounds of different pitches when tapped with a utensil.

Optional material

  • An interactive whiteboard, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone


  •  Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Squirrels (pitch)

Music to listen to online or to download

Woman’s voice : Pauline Viardot : Hai Luli!, sung by Hélène Guilmette.

Man’s voice : Healey Willan: Loch Lomond, sung by Philippe Sly

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

1. Setting the scene

Introduce the activity: “Today we’re going to ask ourselves questions about high- and low- pitched sounds so that we can get better at recognizing the differences between them.”


1. Listen to the two musical pieces.

2. Ask the children:

“What’s the difference between the two voices we heard?”

3. Explain the differences in pitch between these two voices:

  • The woman has a high- pitched voice.


  • The man has a low-pitched voice.

4. Ask for a volunteer to sing a note at the pitch of their choice: low or high. Then ask the rest of the group:

“Was the note low or high?”

5. Produce two sounds of different pitches using a musical instrument or the glasses.

Ask the children: “Is the second sound at a higher pitch or a lower pitch than the first?”

To go further

Tell a story and ask the children to invent the voice of each character by choosing a high- or low-pitched voice.

Play the first game in The World of Squirrels with the children.