Monday, February 27, 2017

Don’t be too quick to dismiss songs that aren’t in English

Some people are put off when they come across a song with foreign words. They prefer to sing songs in English.

Xhosa singers
photo by Chell Hill

Not only are they missing out on so much great music, but it also widens your cultural horizons. Here’s why you should consider songs that aren’t in English.

Monday, February 20, 2017

How to give and receive starting notes 3: all the ways it can go wrong

There are many ways that starting notes for a song can be given out. There are also plenty of ways that starting notes can be confusing or misheard!

out of tune

Here are some useful tips for making sure you start off on the right note. In Part 3 I look at all the ways in which giving and receiving starting notes can go wrong.

Monday, February 13, 2017

How to give and receive starting notes 2: receiving your note accurately

There are many ways that starting notes for a song can be given out. There are also plenty of ways that starting notes can be confusing or misheard!

recording_Mountain_Chief

Here are some useful tips for making sure you start off on the right note. In Part 2 I consider how starting notes are received by the singer.

Monday, February 06, 2017

How to give and receive starting notes 1: giving notes out

There are many ways that starting notes for a song can be given out. There are also plenty of ways that starting notes can be confusing or misheard!

chromatic pitch pipe

Here are some useful tips for making sure you start off on the right note. In Part 1 I consider how starting notes are given out.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Should you pander to your choir or just run things your way?

Many choir leaders have a strong style and particular choice of repertoire. They lead large, thriving choirs which have a strong vision.

We_Want_Beer

Other choir leaders involve their members more and ask their opinion on repertoire, warm ups, performances, etc. Is one approach better or more successful than the other?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Do your singers know what kind of choir they’re in?

When you lead a choir you have a clear idea of what you want that choir to be. But have you made sure that your choir members are on the same page as you?

animal choir

Everyone makes assumption and you may be surprised at how many different views there are within the same choir.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Before you use songs from other cultures check your sources!

Just because a song is in a foreign language, you still need to respect its origins.

sami
Sami family by Morten Oddvik

There is a huge amount of misinformation out there when it comes to songs from other cultures. Before you pass a song along, make sure you know as much about it as you can – and make sure the information is accurate.