Chapter 3 - Four Simple Guidelines for Great Singing
(From The Nick Page Sing with Us Songbook, based on Sing and Shine On! An Innovative Guide to Leading Multicultural Song)
I have been leading songs to all ages for many years. I encounter non-singers, inexperienced singers, singers who haven't learned how to sing in tune (everyone can learn), and people who simply hate to sing. I have developed simple tricks to help them on their way. They work with all ages. Children are always more receptive to singing than adults. Something happens, particularly with males, when puberty sets in. The voice changes and something that used to be fun suddenly becomes awkward. Adolescence is also a time of rollercoaster emotions. Singing is, in part, the act of vocalizing one's emotions. Adolescence is an age when letting out one's emotions is a risky thing. The challenge for the song leader, both with adolescents and adults, is to make singing emotionally acceptable. The following guidelines work with all ages and are intended for all song leaders, whether they be non-musicians or seasoned pros.
- Guideline One: make every group sound fantastic
- Guideline Two: create confidence
- Guideline Three: teach songs as if you were teaching them to yourself
- Guideline Four: honor cultural traditions
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
- Spirituality and the Arts in Children's Programming
- Making Music Live
- About the Author(s)
- Chapter 1 - Where and How to Make Music
- Chapter 2 - Movement, Expression, and Creativity
- Chapter 3 - Four Simple Guidelines for Great Singing
- Chapter 4 - How to Choose a Song
- Chapter 5 - Song-Teaching Strategies
- Chapter 6 - More Song-Teaching Strategies
- Chapter 7 - Activities for Listening to Music
- Chapter 8 - Culture and Music
- Chapter 9 - Closing Thoughts Becoming Magnificent
- Chapter 10 - Resources