124 young men from 9 different schools participated in Men Only Aloud - a Choral Workshop for the Middle School Boy this year!
The Men Only Aloud workshop is an awesome experience for middle school boys, and this year was no exception.
Not only does this event allow them to sing with lots of other boys (where they may be one of only a few in their school choir), but it also gives them one-on-one attention where the needs of a male singer can be addressed. As a female director that is often challenged by the changing male voice, this festival is a great learning experience for me to gain tips and techniques from the clinicians. My boys love it and look forward to it every year.
Here are a few things, Ms. Hudson's students had to say about the workshop this year:
“The director was very fun but also could get things done.”
“I liked how he had jokes during the festival.”
“I felt that the songs, the director, and the experience have taught me many things. They've taught me to sing at a higher pitch, the importance of having a smile on my face when singing, and to be more confident in my abilities. I felt lucky to have participated in such a wonderful and memorable event. The thing I enjoyed most was just the whole experience in general. This experience has helped me raise my self-esteem and the importance of this is that you sing better when you feel good about yourself. If you don't feel good about yourself and you try to fake a smile, the performance will always go horrible one way or another. In the end of it all, I feel like if I could go through it all over again, I would for the whole experience.”
“I liked how he taught us some songs with only words, no sheet music. It was a new experience that I thought was pretty cool.”