Middle School Chorus: separating students by gender
Date: May 9, 2013
We have a growing chorus program at our 6th-8th grade middle school (last year we had 180 students... this year 320, and next year, projected to be 400!). We are trying to decide if we should try to separate the students by gender in the 7th grade. I'm relatively new at working with changing voices, but we're trying to figure out if a single-gender class might make the kids feel more confident and help us target specific issues better. Does anyone have experience with this that they'd like to share? Bad idea/good idea? The overall 7th grade chorus (when everyone is combined) would end up being about 150 kids, including at least 60 boys. The individual class sizes, which will meet once every three days for 55 minutes, will have between about 32-38 kids.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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