The Elementary School Musical is in 9 days, on May 10th! The Elementary class had another combined class musical rehearsal today. We reviewed our steps to know what is expected behavior to be part of the musical. Being on stage, using microphones, singing, acting, and dancing are exciting experiences and can be overwhelming for some students. With every student having a line, they all use the microphone. They love singing into it like a star and talking in it.
The microphones are incentive to speak louder, slower, and clearer. It inspires students to talk and to find their voice; even when it’s not their turn to speak! Many love speaking in silly voices. With memorized lines, students can feel comfortable speaking into the microphone in front of their peers, battling stage fright while gaining confidence. Some students are shy and continue working on hearing their voice through a microphone.
Personally, I had to overcome the same shyness when I first learned to be a coxswain, the person in charge of steering a boat and coaching the rowers. It was intimidating to lead 8 people with my voice, speaking into a microphone. I was quiet and spoke sparingly. My rowers commented, “We need you. Talk to us.” With coaching and practicing, I found my coxswain voice. I learned how to inspire and command 8 rowers to row in sync, feel ones’ heartbeat in the oars, and to encourage teamwork. My voice led our boats to fly on the water.
It is powerful to hear one’s voice amplified.