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Friday, 16 December 2016

Remember when?

She stood with the primary choir and sang every word of the first song. The second one had actions which she did with enthusiasm. As I watched my granddaughter, Sylvie, sing with the other children, it brought me back to the days when I was a child, singing with the many choirs I enjoyed over the years.

 

A choir is a great experience for a child. You learn your part and listen to the others around you as you raise your voice with theirs. You exercise your memory as you learn the music and the words. You follow the director as she helps you explore the dynamics of the music. The discipline of the practice and the proper behaviour as you stand and sing are valuable lessons. Sylvie knew what she could and couldn't do as she stood on stage with the other children. Five is not too young to learn appropriate behavior for this setting.

 

Times have changed however. The music at this concert was secular Christmas music. When I was young, going to a Catholic school, the music was religious carols. In addition, today the teacher puts the music on Youtube for the children to watch and sing along, repeating as often as they need for mastery of the music and lyrics. I was accustomed to hours of repetition with the music teacher directing. Technology has changed most aspects of our lives, including choir training.

What hasn't changed however, is the dedication of wonderful choir directors and the way children enjoy singing together and performing for others. Technology won't change what is really important.

30 comments:

  1. I'm really looking forward to Wednesday when the twins will be singing in the Kindergarten concert. They have been practising their parts at home but it's all a big secret! I hope it's as entertaining as the spring concert when Max's trousers came undone and he had to sing, do all the actions of the song, and haul his trousers up at the same time. And we have it all on video!

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    1. Our little sweeties are young for so short a time. We are so fortunate to be able to spend time with them. Enjoy the concert on Wednesday!

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  2. Brings back memories of the only time I was in a choir as a child. I must have been around ten or twelve, and I still remember the words to the songs we sang. But as an Air Force brat who moved constantly, that was the only time I was able to sing in a choir. Thanks for the reminder! :-)

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    1. You are such an adaptable person that I imagine you childhood involving the military had a hand in it. Along with your parents of course.

      Choirs are wonderful experiences for children. It sounds like your choir experience, though short, was great.

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  3. Such a lovely post,Marie. Your grand daughter, Sylvie had a wonderful experience,singing with others. Those little students are pretty.I studied at a music college for 4 years. My major was piano, but I like to sing at a choir too.I enjoyed singing with other members as an alto singer, actually my voice was soprano though. My part had to be alto because there were many soprano singers. When we practiced singing I was carefully listening to other members'melodies in its in harmony between soprano, alto,tenor and bass together. It was a long time ago. Of course I have no video,CD and you tube!

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    1. Those days, without social media, are etched in our minds only, Tomoko. Today, everything is recorded in one form or other. I guess it's a good thing?

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  4. So dear at that age! I agree....choirs are wonderful at teaching beauty and discipline. It is amazing what choir directors can do with children and young adults in our schools! I love school concerts also! Andrea

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    1. It was a great concert, Andrea. The kids were wonderful!

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  5. I have many fond memories of junior church choirs and glee clubs too!

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    1. We were lucky to have such great experiences in choir, Debra.

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  6. Yes, times sure have changed and although I never sang in a choir it was wonderful to listen to one. A symphony orchestra has rented our church for a performance this Saturday evening and two local school choirs will perform as well and I will enjoy every minute.

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    1. What a great opportunity for the kids, Judith. Enjoy!

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  7. Danica will be in the school choir next week. It's a Catholic school, so there will be plenty of the traditional Christmas message.

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  8. you were so lucky that you were able to attend!

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  9. Children's concerts are the best thing this time of year. Love the music and the sweet faces.

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    1. They make the season special, Tabor.

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  10. I remember the choir we were in grade school. I remember being the end person on the top riser and fainting and hitting the ground, too.

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    1. Good heavens, Joanne. I hope you weren't badly hurt.

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  11. It is so good for the kids to participate in school concerts or church Christmas program! It does indeed teaches them good things. It seems to me that it was only yesterday that our kids were singing in those programs and now they are grown adults. Your granddaughter looks so cute!!

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    1. Thank you, Angela. She is one of our sweeties. Time goes by too quickly! We must enjoy every minute we get to share with them.

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  12. So very cute.
    I suspect the warm hearts of family and friends filled the room. And would be very surprised if there weren't a few leaky eyes at the triggered memories.

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    1. There were tears indeed, EC. The circle of life is a powerful realization!

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  13. Sometimes I wonder what went wrong. Even the Morman Tabernacle choir's annual performance is a circus.

    Your granddaughter is an angel.

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    1. She is, as are all the little ones, SS.

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  14. I have wonderful memories from my choir days too! I agree that technology brings changes that are not all good, but of course, not all bad. We must strive for balance in all! Hugs to you today - hope the storm there hasn't been too awful for you! I've seen it on the CBC news. I don't miss those high winds at all! LOL.

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    1. We had sustained winds of 90 km/h, -30 with the windchill and it was snowing. Just awful, but as you know, that's life on the island.

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  15. I was told by the choir director to stand in the back row and just move my lips!

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    1. I had friends who were told the same thing, FG. Now, everyone sings!

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