Fostering a love for traditional and classical choral music
Date: September 7, 2013
I was hoping we could start a discussion on developing and fostering a love for traditional and classical choral music in our young people. I don't think I am alone when I say my students are almost exclusively interested in pop music and roll their eyes and sigh when I present them with a beautiful piece of traditional choral music. They couldn't look more bored and getting them to invest in it is like puling teeth. I have no problem with pop and jazz music, but it saddens me that the students don't see the beauty, excitment, and fun in choral music. As I choose repertoire I find myself trying to "please them". While I don't want to spend the semester pulling teeth, I want them to see how rewarding and wonderful this music can be. Has anyone had success in expanding their student's musical horizon's?