Every class in Chestnut Oak, Laurel Oak, and Post Oak at The Parish School has at least one performance in the next three weeks. Chestnut Program on the 12th, Post Oak at City Hall on the 14th, and Laurel and Post Oak in the Sing-A-Long on the 21st. It is the holiday season and performances are a great way to celebrate!
To prepare students to feel comfortable singing and performing, I have them singing in front of each other. Taking a familiar song, “Jingle Bells” or their class performance song, I have students sing into a microphone while next to me. It puts a mini spotlight on the student and most of them want a turn!
Depending on the student, singing for their peers is their chance to display their strong vocal skills or to be heard for the first time because they have a quiet voice. Through this process, students learn to be a good audience member, listen, and to take turns. For the students who are shy, they still want a turn. Holding the microphone and standing in front of their peers is a big accomplishment for them.
This is my second year at Parish, and I am proud to watch students who learn to speak and discover their singing voice. Some students started singing this year or even in the last month or so. Realizing they can make music with their voice, they want to share it with others and to sing for themselves. Though all this, the self-confidence increases and students are proud of themselves and their voice!