The power of the voice!

Two recent articles have drawn attention to the part that singing in a choir can play in music education. This article describes the ‘holistic’ experience that a recent overseas tour of the school choir formed for the students while in this piece, there’s a suggestion that it’s becoming less ‘cool’ to sing in a choir at school.

At Musical Futures we advocate that vocal work should be embedded into the culture of all schools, given how successful many primary schools have been in getting everyone singing. This can be done by bringing more singing and beatboxing into music lessons to create ways to integrate mobile technology into the classroom. Breaking down the barriers that can be created by a lack of teacher confidence, the inevitable self-consciousness that many adolescents feel when singing, these were compelling reasons for devising our Musical Futures: Find Your Voice approach and how much we love some of the innovative and exciting vocal work that students around the world have produced.

Yesterday’ss RSL course was absolutely outstanding. The school was awe inspiring and just walking round the corridors gave me some excellent ideas to implement at my own school. With regards to the RSL aspect of the course, I now have a strong understanding on how to run it and know how my assignment briefs should look etc. etc.

Jack Cotton – Broadgreen International School, Liverpool

Have learnt so much today, will revolutionise my teaching. Super, uplifting, motivational, inspirational.

Angela Lesslie, Peripatetic Instrumental Teacher

The children I am working with are responding to positively. They are very keen to learn new music and don’t not feel threatened to play. They enjoy the ‘have a go’ and ‘just play’ strategy.

Mhairi Easton, Southesk primary School