Here are 6 principles that I follow for working with the changing male voice!
- Schedule your boys together for lessons if possible – It’s great for them to develop a safe peer group
- Have one-on-one evaluations in front of the other boys – Get them used to singing/cracking in front of each other. Makes it even safer for them!
- Don’t be quick to judge them – …and certainly stop using the word “tonedeaf”. If you spend enough time evaluating them, you’ll find that they aren’t as “bad” as you think, just in a tough spot where the brain and the voice are being rewired to talk together.
- Map their ranges and reevaluate often – Do some simple exercises and find out their range whenever possible. Map it out, and choose repertoire based on the sum of ranges in your boys section.
- Have them only sing pitches that are comfortable on any given day – Literally tell each boy what notes are safe for them to sing in any given piece. This changes often, so be sure to do number 4 as often as possible!
- Have you boys sing a song together in concert – This creates more of a bond and helps for recruitment! And who doesn’t like listening to boys sing? They don’t even have to be that great. Good or bad, you’ll melt your audience’s heart either way!