Increasing student participation
Date: March 26, 2014
I am a first year teacher teaching one section of 6th grade choir at a middle school in a very low socio-economic demographic. I also happen to be the assistant band director, and my primary duties revolving around the band program. Teaching choir is a new experience for me which I have realized is fairly common for many band/choir/orchestra directors in other states outside of Texas.
My class has about 22 girls and 8 boys, all 6th graders. Many of the students were not enrolled in choir at the beginning of the year, and were later added due to other scheduling conflicts, and many students who were intially in my class at the start of the year had not selected choir as an option on their choice sheets and were placed in the class because of the size and fullness of other electives offered to 6th graders.
What strategies and techniques can I use to encourage participation from students who don't have any interest in singing? I've been focusing 50/50 on "traditional" middle school choir music that I obtained from the high school choral library, and simple arrangements of pop songs that I've made myself.
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