- February 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm #534916
1) I currently have a Middle School class of 25 that learns very quickly. But the problem I am having is getting students to sing. I have about 5-7 that just won’t sing very much. I don’t usually call them out individually as I try to be careful with developing singers gaining confidence. I work with smaller groups individually sometimes but keeping the others quiet becomes an issue. Any thoughts or suggestions?
2) The other issue with my boy section of singers is their behavior. Keeping them on track and hands to their self is a challenge. Grade deductions do not seem to be working. If I split them up they will not be singing with their section which would pose another challenge. Any thoughts or suggestions?February 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm #534956
Welcome to the world of Middle School! Encouragement and Consistency are the key words. When they sing, even if it is close, give them positive feedback and encourage them to keep it up; give praise when they improve. If you are consistent with this, they will come around. MS kids, especially boys, are fiercely loyal once they know you are behind them and care.
As for the behavior, MS boys (and girls) will do dumb things and test you; it is the “nature of the beast”. Your job is to let them know exactly how much is the limit. Once they know this you will gain their respect and attention. Once again, consistency is the key.
I’m sure there are some newer procedures that are and will be “touted” ,but these have gotten me through the last 30 years with success both in classroom management and musically.
Dane Moore, Choral Director
Cattaraugus Little Valley Central School
Jamestown Community College
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