- Children learn lyrics much faster than adults do
- When they sing in time and together they melt my heart
- Children love to support and encourage each other
- Children LOVE getting rewards like praise in abundance, stickers and ribbons
- Good conducting results in a cohesive, blended sound
- Singing and movement are intrisically linked
- Choir kids rock
- Children will sing and enjoy a song from any genre and decade if it is in a key that suits their pitch range
- Some children will develop vibrato easily
- The sound of 50 students singing in tune makes every second worth living
Over the last year I have had the pleasure of working with 50 Grade 3-6 students to form a school choir and these are the things the students have taught me...
I have been popping open the champagne bottles and throwing my hat in the air and shouting hip hip hooray because I just completed a Graduate Diploma in teaching last week. It’s been a busy year! I am now keen to look into how I can develop a music program for teachers. I will also be focusing on all the other music making projects I have on the go like developing my singing teaching work at a local secondary school, making a CD with my choir the Pollyphonics and performing with my partner Andy Rigby in duet’s and bands. This Sunday Andy and I will be broadcast on ABC Radio National, the Rhythm Divine show at 1.30 pm. It was absolutely terrific to perform at Woodford Folk Festival in QLD at the start of the year in the gorgeous Folklorica stage and now ABC can bring a little bit of that vibe to you via the wireless! http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rhythmdivine/the-heavenly-harp/6888340
Polly, Andy and daughter Sylvie began the New Year at Woodford Folk Festival- it’s big, it’s hot, it’s muddy…it is Australia s largest folk festival and it is full of amazing musicians, circus performers, traditional dance troupes, wacky street scenes and one of of the 20+ stages Andy and Polly performed their unique blend of Celtic and Latin American songs and instrumentals. Andy had his regular harp fans (affectionately called “harp nutters”) sitting in the front rows marveling at his handy work on the strings and Polly moved from playing the joropo rhythm on the 4 stringed Venezuelan cuatro (small guitar) to singing a celtic ballad, to her original compositions. We also had the great fortune of playing in the Folklorica Stage for New Years Eve which will be broadcast later this year on ABC Radio National, (Rhythm Devine, with Geoff Wood).
One of my personal highlights form the festival were the Fez Hamadche Sufi Brothers. A group of 5 men and two women singing, chanting and dancing performing ancient mystic rituals. It was hypnotic and incredible to witness ritual in action. I spoke to one of the women in the group and found out this particular brotherhood is very supportive of sisters. What an opportunity to meet such beautiful Muslims.
I also really loved the Flying Fruit Fly Circus performance: a group of five young graduates from the school in Albury. The physical skill and incredible group trust was totally exhilarating.
We then came back to Victoria and headed down to Koroit Lakeschool Music Camp and I will blog about that next!