Please, let the choir lead!
We will never inspire a new generation of great Catholic musicians, so sorely needed at this time, if we don’t open their eyes to the “Lost Tools of Learning Music” and point them to the One to Whose praises we hope to sing for ever in the Heavenly Jerusalem.
I hope this might serve as a foundation for your future work with young singers in your parish.
A light of Revelation to the Gentiles!
Watch the debut of Colin Mawby’s “Ave Maria” in Rome.
The greatest gift was to be in Rome during the Holy Year of Mercy!
Mr. Mawby emailed me two weeks after sending the music, saying he’d already purchased his plane ticket and would see us in Rome!
“God has no grandchildren. Every generation must be a first generation follower of Christ.”
Here is the entire set of lesson plans I use for training our Probationers.
Kids love this!
Please, please don’t ever underestimate the power of good music to touch hearts in either the work of evangelization or catechesis.
I feel that solfege is the fastest and most secure route to establishing the scale and the way its notes function within that scale in the minds of singers.
If there are only two concepts you are able to instill in a child in the early stages regarding breathing, they would be 1) fill and empty the stomach with air just like a balloon (don’t use the chest) and 2) keep the shoulders down and relaxed.
I like to cover (or re-cover) all of the basics with the boys and girls.
Simply dive in and do it. Remember how quickly your children grew up and left home? That is all the longer it takes.
“This honest, magnanimous and public statement made my struggle totally worthwhile.” —Colin Mawby
This book is invaluable for the church musician.
At the end of the audition, most of the students experience a great sense of accomplishment and really consider it an honor to be accepted into the choir!
There is a proper balance between an impossibly hard formal audition and the usual “any child can join” policy that exists in the typical parish children’s choir.
Pastors and music directors, this is for you!