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By learning you will teach;
by teaching you will understand.
- Latin Proverb

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How to Teach a Song

 

Introduction

 

         Tell the group the title of the song.

         If you can give a little of the background history of the song, it

      adds interest.

         Tell your singers the story contained in the song.

         Suggest what mood you would like to create in the song you

      are going to teach.

 

 

Methods of Teaching

 

         Present the song by singing it through.

         A recording or tape may be a help.

         Next, say the words, first in poetic style, then in the rhythm of

      the music.

         Learn the tune by singing it line by line.

         Then sing the whole tune, putting the melody and words

      together.

 

 

Song Interpretation

 

         The most important thing in singing is to “tell a story.”

         The words must be clearly enunciated and endings are so

      important.

         Begin to phrase your song.

         Change your tone color to suit the words and mood.

         Work for a good unified sound.

         Try to blend the voices to sound as one.

         Encourage singers to listen to the person on either side of them

      and keep their musical sounds alike.

         The leader must give an accurate tempo.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
- Albert Einstein