Having a healthy choir starts with you, the director. Be sure that you’re proactive in creating a culture of love and openness in your choir each and every day. Here’s what you need to think about today!
- Do things together
- Do things as a group! Anything from a basic outing (no singing), lunch/dinner, retreats, camps, festivals, competitions.
- Change your Language
- Change how you say things to your class. Instead of “I” say “we”. Also by nature we are quite negative, change it up. Don’t just focus on what needs improvement, let them know what they did well. Don’t flower it, just be HONEST!
- Have discussions
- Foster communication in your group through discussions. Discuss what was good, bad, needs improvements, etc. Many directors do this with little response from the class but be open to trying it. Also ask the class for suggestion on activities, and how a piece should be performed.
- Take care of yourself
- Let the choir know you’re human. As much as many of want to come off as perfect (students have the same feelings) let them know that you make mistakes. For example, when you get sick, stay home and don’t spread it to your group. Let your kids know that it’s ok if you’re having an off day, but you’re going to bring it the next day (and expect them to) Getting enough sleep, having a solid morning routine, finding me time, are all parts of this point.
3 Key Takeaways:
- It’s not about you, it’s about us. Make sure your language reflects that sentiment.
- Include your choir in the discussion.
- You should always lead by example as a happy and healthy leader, so take care of yourself.
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