Monday, May 22, 2017

Are you a singer with hearing loss? Steps you can take to make life easier in your choir

Last week there was a guest post about what choir leaders can do to help singers who have hearing loss.

ear trumpet

This week I want to look at steps you can take yourself if you’re a singer who is experiencing hearing loss.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Singers with hearing loss: how choir leaders can help

More and more older singers are in choirs these days. Many of those singers will have some kind of hearing loss.

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Joshua Reynolds "Self-Portrait as a Deaf Man"

How can you, as a choir leader, help them? Here is a guest post by Bettina Gellinek Turner*.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Some people take pride in saying they can’t sing – but is that just fear talking?

You’ll know by now that I believe that everyone can sing.

mute

Apparently this irritates some people who really think that they can’t sing. Why is that?

Monday, May 01, 2017

How to lead your choir when you’re just not in the mood

We all have off days, even choir leaders.

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Here are a few hints on how to cope when you’re feeling low or burnt out.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Is there an alternative to being patient when leading a choir?

I’ve been praised many times by the singers I work with for being so patient.

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Which makes me wonder: what’s the alternative?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Do you need to practice outside choir rehearsals?

Many singers come to choir – especially “singing for fun” groups – to get away from the stresses of regular life. They love to sing and find it a relaxing escape from the daily grind.

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photo by Aka Hige

But if your choir performs, there comes a time when you need to be “off the book”, know all the lyrics and be totally familiar with your part. Can that all be done within the rehearsal sessions?

Monday, April 10, 2017

What singing subjects would you like me to write about?

I’ve been writing this blog since December 2006 and have written over 600 posts. I keep thinking I’ll run out of things to write about, but I’ve not done so yet!

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However, there may well be subjects that I’ve not considered or haven’t got around to yet. Which is where you come in.