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.
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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmWKcJP2dho 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!