Boom Chicka Boom | Drama Game for Improved Vocal Awareness

Boom Chicka Boom is an excellent vocal warm-up with so many uses! It can be played while social distancing or teaching virtually.

COVID-19 Update!
Please ensure your children are spaced two metres apart. If you don’t have enough space for a circle, it won’t affect the game to have the children randomly spaced.

Instructions

  • Ask the students to stand in a circle.
  • Say or sing the following lines to them. Pause after each line so the students can repeat:

I said a boom
I said a boom chicka
I said a boom chicka racka chicka racka chicka boom
aha
oh yeah
one more time

  • Once you have finished the first round, choose a different vocal style, e.g. whispering, and start again.
  • Keep repeating in various styles.
  • If any of the students have an idea, allow them to lead.

Top tip: Use this game to help students develop accents or vocalise emotion, e.g. in a sad voice.

In my experience

This is a great way to do a real vocal deep dive with kids, without them feeling overwhelmed by theory. Ask them to try speaking through their nose for a certain round. What kind of character do they think would have a voice like that? Ask them to try a villainous voice. Where was that voice placed? What was the quality of that voice?

Doing a few silly rounds, followed by a few rounds with questions can get the students thinking about their voice in a different way. After this game, I often ask the kids to find a space to try a few different voices for their character, thinking about everything we have run through. By continuing to play Boom Chicka Boom, you give the children space to try different things without feeling self-conscious.

Need help keeping your students socially distant? Try marking a space using the following:

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Rebecca is the founder and chief executive officer of Silly Fish Learning Ltd. She is a children's playwright with a vast and varied career in education, primarily teaching drama and English.

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