Immature high school choir members
Date: August 24, 2015
First let me say I know that every high school kid is immature. But I have an Intermediate class of 25 who act more like a begginer choir (my beginners are actually more mature than they are). Almost half of the group only desire to sing Gospel songs and other pop songs and grow weary during our warm up time, etc. Their tone is all over the map and intonation mostly flat. It's a young program and they are considered intermediate becasue they have had choir before, but this combo of students is a tough one - and obviously they are still beginners. I feel I have to keep my hand heavy on them because they like to talk out and get off task. But if I demand what they aren't willing to give they give it half heartedly and perhaps that's why they're flat so much of the time. We ARE doing a variety of music - including a Gospel song and a Spiritual. I don't need to cater to their whims but I need to know how to balance getting them interested and getting them to commit to excellence. Any ideas on this? Ideas on good warm ups to work on intonation?
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