Encouraging/Empowering Female Singers?
Date: December 3, 2015
There are so many discussions invovling "How do I get boys to join choir?" "How do I get boys to match pitch?", etc. While the pitch-matching issue can be frustrating, and so mysterious sometimes, I find that once boys/men do buy-in, they are frequently easier to manage . They enjoying singing big, they aren't afraid to audition for things, and they love being physically engaged in singing. In addition, if I tell redirect them because they are doing something they shouldn't, most of them will apologize quickly and get their other friends on board. (Don't get me wrong, my men's choir is not a perfect place!)
I am looking for resources and suggestions for empowering and encouraging female singers? I feel that many times, we take for granted that the women will just sign up, regardless of whether we encourage them too. However, within the classroom, I've found that they are extremely self concious, are afraid to take risks, and as a result their singing and self confidence suffers even more. You would think as a female that I would know how to relate with this, but I seem to struggle with those skills that come to many choral directors naturally. I love rehearsing, love the music, and when the kids get it, we/they connect emotionally. But, I have a very hard time finding that connection until all of the music is learned. I was reading a forum today that suggested the book "I teach Sousa's Not Sopranos!" While my focus since college has always been choral, and I sing much better than I ever played my band instrument, I feel like this is the kind of resource that I need to look to.
So-what do YOU do with your female singers to empower them within the rehearsal? I know they have to feel comfortable before they are willing to sing strongly, but I just can't figure out how to to the "heart" first!
Thanks so much!
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