When I take students to Eisteddfods I often get amazed by how other teachers can get the kids to sing certain songs. If I get my students to sing those baby songs at that age, my students will complain to no end.
And I totally understand.
We love the songs that's challenging, can show off what we got, but also the songs have to be COOL. At least 'cool enough'.
So from today I will introduce some songs that students love. Trust me, my students all have big personalities. These songs belong to the 'never fail' category for young singers age 6-11. (from Age 12, then things are getting a little different, even repertoire choices)
1. Better Place by Rachel Platten
The meaning for this song is fabulous. The melody is easy to learn and it's a very good song to learn about phrasing and control. I have never had any kids who don't love this song.
2. "It's Possible" from the Musical "Seussical"
This one I will give it to kids age 6-9.
This is an easy musical number to learn, especially for young beginner singers. They often have trouble singing with backing track. This one is a good one to start with very strong rhythm and a style. The range is also good for beginners so you can work on the resonance quite easily. Everyone loves this happy musical song.
3. "What are words" by Chris Medina
This song is more advance technically. But if they have the tone for high notes this is a winner for competitions. The kids can master both the technical parts as well as the interpretation quite easily. I am never sick of teaching this song. What an awesome song Chris Medina wrote!