Your thoughts on Middle School Boys?
Date: September 2, 2012
I see a lot of you asking questions about what to do with certain boys.
I have always wondered why educators in the Middle School do not let boys sing Treble, after all, that's what they are.
From my experience teaching several 13 - 15 year olds each year, some of the boys that feel they can not sing the top line anymore really just want to
sing a different part. They may be just on the cusp of voice-change. But, there are plenty of 12 - 14 year olds that have NOT gone
through voice-change yet and are powerhouse trebles.
I would like to hear your thoughts on why, as an educator, you would place these boys in an alto section (for those of you choosing SATB choirs).
I would also like to hear, if you can, how the boys feel about being placed in those upper parts.
I'm not trying to step on any toes, but maybe that's what we need? I understand most college education programs do not cover the boys
changing-voice. And, I'm almost convinced that we truly need gender-segregated choirs until a few years after voice change (Senior year?).
If we're not careful, we just might end up with all SSA choirs.
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