Done plenty of reading/research...Now what?
Date: March 5, 2013
For those who are new to my situation, in a nutshell, I just started a choral program at a k-7 school about a month ago. The school hasn't had any kind of music for 4 years. K-4, no problem. 5-7 not sure what to do now. I meet with all of the kids in the school. The 5th grade classes meet en masse twice a week 76 students), the 6th grade classes 5 times a week (68 students), and the 7th graders 4 times a week (65 students). Because we just started and are working towards a concert on May 21st, the 5th, 6th, & 7th graders will be combined for one massive choir. Not so much of an issue with the 5th grade boys, but I don't have to tell you what the 6th & 7th grade boys voice classifications are like.
So what does one do with a y'all come choir? I've read how you can get the boys to sing in 3- and 4-part harmony, but frankly, I don't see how that's going to work in the time frame I have left. Many of these boys have a difficult time matching pitch even within their range. To get them trained to sing in any kind of harmony I feel would take too long, then they would still have to learn a song for the concert. Ideally, yes, I would love to make the choirs gender-specific, but that is not going to happen.
Maybe this is a call for very narrow-range unison songs? Between G and E?
Any suggestions as to what I should do?
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