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Getting boys to join chorus!

Apr 18, 2013 1:25am

I teach chorus to students in grades 5-8. Every year, I struggle with getting boys to join chorus. Between changing voices and peer pressure, not many are brave enough to try! I make sure to include music that boys would enjoy singing (this year one group is singing "A Tribute to Queen"), but it is not enough. I had run an after school Men's Chorus for male students and staff members, but I only got two students and two teachers to join...the two students are already in my chorus anyway!

Does anyone have any great tricks for convincing boys to join (and stick with) a middle school chorus???

  • Arts
  • 6-8
  • Engagement


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    • Apr 19, 2013 3:36am

      Put your ladies to work. You could challenge the girls to see who can get their male friends to join. I find that works for school dances, when boys don't want to attend. Just have your girls remind them about singers like Usher, Bieber, and Adam Levine, who have beautiful voices and huge following. I was a dancer in college, and we had the same problem getting boys to take the class. The teacher challenged us each to have a friend come, and there was a reward program for referrals. It could really get everyone into the Glee spirit!

      Good luck!

      • Apr 26, 2013 11:48pm

        The best way to get boys involved is to appeal to their needs. What songs are they interested in? What songs would they like to sing? When you answer those questions, you have your answers to get them involved.