Voice is our very own instrument. It already exists. You have one. Each voice is unique. Some people claim they can't sing. But I believe everyone can sing, they just haven't developed an ear for it. I am a firm believer in beginning early. At a young age, a child can freely, without hindrance sing. They don't care what their voice sounds like. As we become adults we hold back or feel self-concious. If a child can use their voice to sing often and listen to music I am sure they will have a fine tuned voice as an adult. I sing with children everyday. My son learned to sing by participating in my music classes. He has always been around singing and music. He has a fine singing voice. Our voices are natural. I think we all start at the same place. You may argue that your parents or grandparents weren't musical, it's in the genes or it's not... But, I still believe if a child is exposed early, he/she will have developed a well-tuned instrument.
As an adult, there are vocal exercises to help get started.
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I KNOW A SHY FELLOW WHO SWALLOWED A CELLO by Barbara S. Garriel, John O'Brien. A great introduction to a few orchestral instruments.
coloring page (not sure who gets credit for this artwork): https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/ce/b9/e5/ceb9e51dc3f9388f02b3f322f82ec6b6.jpg
THE RUNAWAY PANCAKE by John Lithgow
This is a great sing-a-long book. The class will love singing the main theme by the Runaway Pancake every time... including the volume needed at the end of the story.
HIP CAT by Jonathan London
It's all about Jazz. Here is a Reading Rainbow link for the story read by Ann Duquesnay.
MAMA DON'T ALLOW by Thacher Hurd
There is a copy of the sheet music at the back of the book. It is a fun story.
ABIYOYO by Pete Seeger
This is a story about a giant named Abiyoyo and the creative battle of the father and son to win.