If you're like me, you first learned solfege from Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. This film classic is still beloved today - it's a favorite among my elementary piano students!
So, why the funny syllables? What exactly is solfege and how do you use it?
First, a little history.
Solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) is a method for introducing and teaching understanding of pitch and a system used for sight singing.
Solfege dates back to the 11th century and the work of music theorist Guido d’Arezzo. There are two primary solfege systems: fixed do and movable do.
In fixed do, syllables are assigned to pitches (e.g. do = C). In movable do, syllables assigned to scale degrees (e.g. do = 1st scale degree of major scale).