Accompaniment, Boys & Singing
Dianna V., Minnesota
I have a group of six boys (three families) in a lesson, and I have been having a time getting them to sing with accompaniments during practice time at home. They’re a pretty quiet group (and two are my little brothers, which can really make the territory issues interesting). I’ve talked to them about accompaniment being incomplete without the melody. Last week I stressed again that the only time they are allowed to not sing with accompaniment is if someone else is singing, the audio track is playing, or their brother is playing the melody as a duet.
So, if their next lesson rolls around and there hasn’t been much improvement, what do I try next?
My brothers like to say that they’re “singing in their head” as they play, but I’ve asked them to make the words pass their lips. 🙂
My mom’s wondering if it’s really important for the melody to be out loud–if it isn’t ok as long as they’re hearing the melody in their mind while they play the accompaniment. Am I making too big of a deal out of it?
The problem with boys singing is that they have to have really good role models. Have you ever noticed how many hummers there are when you sing the National Anthem? It’s because boys typically stop singing by age 6-7 years (my experience anyway) unless they are encouraged by a strong male figure in their own family.
Start with your dad and tell him how important it is. If you can get him to help, you are more likely to find success. The really important thing to remember is to tell them they don’t have to have perfect pitch to sing along. You may also try pointing out their favorite rock band is full of guys singing!
Just my experience, from teaching 3-6 year olds.
Cindy B., Illinois
Have you ever given the responsibility of singing to the parent? Not all students can manage singing and playing at the same time.
Marlene H., California
I ask children who are shy to “say” the words. Sometimes they naturally follow the melody and sing. Other times they say it.