How to teach singers who didn't have a good foundation
Date: July 20, 2013
A little about me. For the past 4 years, I taught band and choir at a small school. My background is this: been an instrumentalist all my life and my degrees are both instrumental. However, I was in choir all through college. No voice lessons. I never thought I would teach choir.
But the moment I started teaching choir I just fell in love with it! I feel like I did a decent job despite not having a choral degree. But, this August I start at a new school and I definitely want to be the best I can be. But due to my lack of experience, there are things I just do not feel like I do well.
This school has both a junior high choir and a senior high choir. There are about 20 singers in the junior high group and about 20-30 in the senior high group. The director before me was kind of a trainwreck and all the kdis did was sing unison, usually to karaoke tracks. They need to be taught from scratch.
Here are my questions!
1)What is the BEST WAY to teach these kids to sing? I know that is a broad question. With the junior high kids, how do you get them started? How do you teach them to sing in their head voice?
2)With senior high, I'm going to have to break bad habits. HOw can I do this? How can I show them what the correct sound is? How can I show them that choral singing is just as cool as they think pop music is?
3)What is the best way to build excitement at the beginning of the year? All ideas welcome...ice breakers, team building things, just anything!