Preparing High school students for college
Date: February 12, 2014
As a preface, I apologize if this seems unclear. I am feeling overloaded with thoughts and ideas after hours of research.
I am a essentially a first year college student, and assuming my audition at the end of the semester goes well will be pursuing my degree in Music Education. I am currently writing an essay, with three more to follow through the semester, about teaching proper singing technique in a choral setting vs. private instruction. I sang in choir all through high school, including a chamber group my senior year. After one semester in college, I had to put my education on hold for a while due to personal reasons. After 4 years I am back in the game. What I am finding is that although I was taught proper technique all through high school and my previous semester, having had a wonderful high school director and equally wonderful professors, I feel crippled in my voice lessons right now by years of bad habits in my singing. While all the correct information and the foundations were laid, there was very little individual attention to address these habits and to make the necessary changes in high school before they became cemented in my singing.
My question is this:
Are there systems in place, or is it even feasible, to have "master classes" or "clinicals" through out the school year and bring in other choir teachers/voice instructors/college professors/soloists to take the choir(s), break them into smaller groups and have the ability to make adjustments as needed on a more individual level? This could take place after school or on a saturday morning once a month or even every two or three months.
The scope of this would have a few purposes. Number one, to address the issues of singing technique, help correct wrong technique and prevent bad habits from forming over long periods of time. Number two, to allow experiences and insights to be shared from other professionals besides the teacher the students work with on a daily basis. Number three, to give a glimpse in to the benefits of private voices lessons and continuing vocal training beyond high school. There is no good substitute for private lessons, but since there are students who can't afford private lessons or don't have the time or maybe the interest to pursue singing beyond high school this could help provide something closer to private lessons for those who want it and will help improve the rest of the choir regardless of their interest level in singing as a career.
What are your thoughts on the matter, your experiences with having tried something like this, or your desires to have something like this as well? Or is this just not possible?