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Repertoire Corner

Repertoire Corner remains, I am afraid, rather infrequent, but I have some new music that I hope to review over the next few weeks, starting with Lin Marsh’s Serendipidy Solos


The Cuckoo Clock – Lin Marsh

I’m quite new to Lin Marsh’s work, but I’m pleased to say that this is a great example of music which has been specially written for new and young singers. The melody is fairly straight-forward, but there are variations as the music progresses, so it is worth taking time over learning this song. Once the basic structure is in place, there is plenty of instruction for dynamic variation and change of moods which need to be included to really give a great polished performance. Young singers should enjoy this song and other works by Marsh.

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Part of Your World – Composer (The Little Mermaid)

This stalwart of the Disney songbook is a popular choice, but requires careful attention to really perform well. Watch for the rests – they come in irregular places! Once the rhythm has been mastered, this song needs to be sung with imagination to convey the curiosity and wonder of Ariel’s character. This might be a good song to use for introducing some theatre games to young singers, or exploring how to mix singing with semi-spoken phrases.

[Lyrics] [YouTube]

Friday Favourites

Take a friday pause

I’ll be honest, it’s been a long month, but now, a new year is well under way, and so are the best blog posts about music and music teaching!


Posts on learning

3 Elements of Showmanship (The Musicians’ Way) – Find out what three traits you should be developing to really add pizazz to your performance.

What Leads to Better Performances: Telling Yourself to Calm Down? Or Get Excited? (Bulletproof Musician) – How to manage your emotions to boost your stage presence.

Posts on teaching

How to be a choir leader Part 1: Why lead a choir? (Total Choir Resources) – A great introduction to why leading a choir is worth all the work!

Conducting Your Choir: From Novice to Know How (Total Choir Resources) – A lovely review of the ABCD (Association of British Choral Directors) beginner and intermediate courses which makes me even more keen to take part in one eventually!

Posts about other things

We are Music Therapists (Listen & Learn Music) – Ever wondered what music therapists do? Find out here.

Music in the News

Music therapy class strikes a chord with autistic children in Beijing

Arts head: Mark Tinkler, English Pocket Opera Company

Music improves young minds

Classical music improves concentration and social skills

Mike Russell to hold talks on music tuition