Wrapping the Arms of Structure Around Your Middle School Singers
I’m not sure whether it’s a good thing or not, but I have been asked many times after a concert with my 300+ middle school choral music students, “What do you SAY to the students that keeps them so disciplined?”
When I hear that, I chuckle inside because it isn’t just one thing. I wish it were. It would be so much easier!
Middle school students thrive on structure. How many times have your students walked into your class and said, “What are we doing today?”
I usually make up a funny thing like “We are going to dissect cockroaches and sing songs about it” and then point them to the promethean board where the first activity of the day is ready for them.