Date: October 31, 2015
I am working individually with a young man who inadvertantly ended up in my HS choir. In 8th grade he droned an octave or more under the bass part. When I discovered he was in HS choir, my admin. let me require that he can stay only if he comes to me 2x per week for individual help.
I am delighted that I have seen some progress. (He even said 'thank you' after our last session). We have 'found' his middle register, a normal singing range and he's gaining flexibility. We have also discovered that he can hear any pitch discrepancy if I sing it (even minute tuning problems).
The problem is, he can't hear himself. Unless I tell him he cannot hear that he is off-pitch. His best success at correcting to the right note is when I sing for him what he is singing (off) and play the right note at the same time. He then can often fix it.
But...in the context of choir he is still not matching most of the time. Even in simple warm ups.
Any thoughts about how to help him hear himself?