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Singing was something I always enjoyed though I could never say I was good at it.
I sang in the school choir, I did a few solos; I sang a duet or two as well.
When I began teaching I worked in a school in the bush where we didn’t have a music teacher and so music was either not taught or someone was given a music class and a bunch of old vinyl records to play.
I decided I would put on a musical and so I wrote a short play and in order to hasten the teaching of the songs I ‘borrowed’ melodies from radio songs that were popular at the time. My theory was that was an easy way to teach the songs thinking they already knew the melodies.
It went well and so I got a bit adventurous and wrote some original songs for the next one and so took on the teaching of song.
Kids love to sing. The shows were a lot of fun and when I moved to a bigger school with a music teacher we went from strength to strength with longer shows and most importantly an orchestra as opposed to a few friends who could play a few instruments.
My biggest moment came with the production of a show that took me a year to write and develop but it was a great success in the school I worked in at that time. Kids responded well to the story, the actors worked hard and the band played with great expertise.
Singing was enjoyable but always a great challenge to kids who didn’t feel confident. Our leading lady was a wonderful actress but she lacked confidence in her singing so we fudged her singing as best we could. She had one main song in the play and we attached our best singers to her, as back up singers, so when she was singing so were they.
We got away with it and she was happy, we were happy and the show a great success.
Singing always makes us happy campers. We all are concert standard when we are in the shower or home alone and belting out a favourite track that is playing.
I think that no matter what age you are there is always and will always be magic in exercising your vocal chords in some good old fashioned singing.