An excerpt from The Singing School Handbook by Michelle James Published by Sing Up and Faber Music.
Sing Up makes transformative change happen in schools to enhance children’s development and learning through the power of singing. Developed by teachers for teachers, we have been supporting singing schools for over a decade, and today Sing Up is used around the world.
The Singing School Handbook is a how-to guide to help you – a teacher (with or without musical knowledge) or singing leader – harness the power of singing and turn your school into a singing school. The book has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Music Education Resource category at the Music and Drama Education Awards 2020. This excerpt is taken from Chapter 9: Making progress and improving singing. We hope you enjoy singing with us.
In this Chapter we are going to think about ways to improve the quality of the singing you are hearing when you are in your school; how to recognise good singing; how to spot areas that would benefit from support, guidance and practice; and suggestions and techniques for helping your young singers to make those improvements and adjustments over time.
It needs to be recognised first that every school will be working from their own starting point, as will each individual child and so ‘improvement’ will mean a range of different things in different contexts and stages. In our view, this isn’t about benchmarking particular vocal ‘targets’ that ought to be achieved by a given age.
Improving the quality of singing in your school requires three things:
- A conscious commitment from you and other staff to improve the quality of singing
- Your ability to hear and to identify what can be improved – and over time, the children’s ability to do the same
- Knowledge of some technique and approaches to allow you to support the singers to make those improvements with practice
Sing Up makes transformative change happen in schools to enhance children’s development and learning through the power of singing. Developed by teachers and experts, it has been supporting singing schools for over a decade, and today Sing Up is used by teachers around the world.
Through its award-winning digital solution, Sing Up provides you with the complete singing experience. Membership includes access to almost 1000 songs, specially arranged for young voices. The wide range of resources, training and songs aid you in delivering cross-curricular classroom learning and act as a foundation for music across the school.