By John Gardner
See Teens At Their Best
This is a followup article to, “14+ Ways To Volunteer For A Show Choir To Help Teens Sing Their Hearts Out“, which focused on ways to share your talents and abilities and experience the youthful, enthusiastic atmosphere around a show choir during competition season. It is also a re-tooling of the article, “10+ Values Marching Band Students Learn“, with THIS article’s focus on values show choir students learn.
Show choir competitions can involve two dozen groups with two thousand students with nothing resembling the level of supervision in a high school before or after school or as classes change. For the most part, choir parents and the directors are the only ones with direct oversight….. and after a performance, most students are free to roam the building or move freely in and out of the performance areas as they mix and mingle.
In costume, before a performance, you’ll see focused faces as students prepare to do what they are there to do. You might see them move quietly, in lines or couples, from their homeroom to warm-up to performance.
Show choir students learn dedication, commitment and
that striving for excellence is a worthy goal.
Show choir operations are very structured with responsibility and accountability. There are seniors, section leaders, dance captain(s), staff, directors (where do I put parents in this list) all with authority over the ensemble student. They understand the ‘why’ of the structure – and they comply.
Show choir students learn the value of,
and respect for chain of command.
Unlike a basketball team with its starting five, there is no bench in show choir. Everybody is in. Everybody is a starter. Few other types of groups will involve people from such varied backgrounds. There are children of doctors and lawyers performing with children of single-parents working multiple jobs or utilizing government help. There are the students who have their own cars and those who need rides, those with the iPhones and the free phones or no phone. You will find students from every church in the community and others who have never been inside a church. And yet, with all these differences, when they are in costume (actually, even before they dress)…..they are all on the same team, all equal. A good result requires the best from everyone. Students learn teamwork and cooperate with those outside their friend circle.
Show choir students learn to
cooperate and collaborate
with those from different
backgrounds and capabilities.
Go to a Show Choir competition and watch students cheer and applaud for good performances of other groups, including those with whom they compete. You’ll see them wishing each other good luck, especially when a group is transiting through the pre-performance stages and passing others who have either already performed or have a while yet to go.
Show choir students learn good sportsmanship.
Show choir is not a normal class-only choir activity. Unlike a marching band, which has about two full weeks of all day rehearsals prior to the start of school in the fall, show choirs are generally learning their shows during the late fall and early winter months in rehearsals that often start after school, go through the dinner hour (group meal in the hallway) and into the later evening – PLUS Saturdays. Some rehearse over the holiday break.
Show choir students learn to commit, persevere and endure.
You’ll see both excited and disappointed students as the results are announced, but they will display professionalism many adults would be good to observe and learn from.
Show choir students learn that there are no shortcuts to success.
show choir “taught them” responsibility and accountability.—————————————————————–
Show choir students learn that they are individually important.
Show choir students learn to accept criticism, and that
self-esteem is raised through the achievement of excellence
Show choir students learn time management skills.