Middle school boys: I KNOW they have the range, but...
Date: March 8, 2014
Some brief background: Experienced middle school teacher working with some very talented and dedicated boys in my very large middle school choir. Here's the situation...
All of these guys are in 8th grade and have been working with me since 6th grade, so they're experienced and certainly no strangers to how we run the ship. Now, naturally they've all experienced significant changes in their voices, some more extreme than others, and thus has a problem arisen with how they approach their ranges...
I have one core of boys who now insist on singing everything down an octave. For example, G, top space of the bass clef staff, they sing as bottom line G, and everything is relative from that. I have no problem that they have those notes obviously, but not when the music calls for the higher ranges that they most certainly have. The problem is that they see this lower range as a comfort zone of sorts, and I have had limited success in getting them to sing consistently in anything but that low range.
Ideally, I'd be able to tackle this issue in sectional or individual sessions, but scheduling issues put limitations on that, and there's only so much time I can dedicate to working them in regular rehearsal. So, I turn to your collective wisdom to see what new tools I can discover to get them up where they should be, and feel just as good about it. Thanks!
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