What is Solfa?

Solfa–also called “solfège” (French) or “solfeggi” (from the Italian solfeggiare)–is a way of showing pitch with your hands and notating (writing down) music using the first letter of each Solfa note.

Solfa is used around the world to learn music. I love Solfa because it is a kinesthetic (physical movement) way to learn pitch and note relationships (intervals). I didn’t understand intervals as well until I learned Solfa!

We use Solfa notation in Delicious Music to help children learn how to write music in a very simple way before they learn absolute note names (such as C or F#, etc.).

Solfa signs chart

(Click on the image above or this link Solfa hand signs to view the page full size and print. )

In our — lesson, we introduce these Solfa notes and hand signs to the children.

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Suggested tasting songs for this lesson:

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Lesson 4 adaptations for this lesson from DM teachers:

Classroom Resource Box materials available for you to use:

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To learn more about the history of Solfa and see all the handsigns for a chromatic scale, go to

Here’s a link to another great video for practicing the whole Solfa scale (with memory tips!).
Do super strong like a fist
Re always sliding up and down
Mi super stable so it’s flat
Fa always feels falling down
Sol also strong like a slap
La a balloon floating up
Ti always pushing to the top
Do super strong like a fist


Lesson Plan: How to use “Hot Cross Buns” to introduce do, re and mi.