Best Resources for Teaching the Changing Voice
Date: February 4, 2014
I know that this is a common problem and there are probably other threads out there, but I thought I would throw the question out there anyway and see if there is anything new or if people could point me to their favorite resources.
I am a young female teacher who was primarily in a women's choir in HS. Because of this my experience with the changing male voice is very very slim. I have done a lot of reading and watched the dvds from Patrick Freer but I am struggling with the best way to help my jr. high and high school boys. My jr. high boys are almost unable to match pitch at all and have a very limted range. I have done individual voice checks with all of them so I know where their voices are I just don't know how to help them stretch and grow as singers. My 'basses' (jr. high and hs) tend to sing in the "basement". When I encourage them to sing in the correct octave, many of them CAN reach the notes but it feels odd to them and they don't know how to stay there. Others say they just can't sing that high. Some of them I believe this is true, others I know they can but again, the feeling is foreign and so they think they can't. I am a soprano and I am unexperienced. I want nothing more than to help them but I need help myself! I am currently looking for someone to come in and work with the boys (a young male) but I am having a hard time finding someone in my area. Does anyone have any good tips for someone like me or know of any good workshops in the MN area, books, or dvds that might be helpful. I want to be better! :) Any help would be great.