My studio suddenly has a handful of younger boys, several with recently-changed voices, and one who is not there yet.
I’m building a list of songs that are appropriate for them, both vocally and temperamentally. I’m looking for texts that are also age-appropriate.
Here goes, with what I’ve taught in the last few months (song, show):
- Just one person, Snoopy
- Giants in the sky, Into the Woods
- Wonderful day like today, Roar of the Greasepaint
- That kind of a day, Sheldon Harnick song book
- Leaning on a lamppost, Me and My Girl
- If I ruled the world, Pickwick
- Love I hear, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
- There’s me, Starlight Express
- If the world only knew, Scott Evan Davis
- Edwina, Edwina
- I’m home, Captains Courageous
- When I get my name in lights, The Boy from Oz
- Just wasn’t meant to happen, Calvin Berger (or any of Calvin’s songs)
- Sara Lee, Kander and Ebb songbook
- Try me, She Loves Me
- Rhyme for Angela, Firebrand of Florence
- It’s not where you start, Seesaw
- The kite, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
- Suppertime, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
- Put on a happy face, Bye Bye Birdie
- All my devices, Stephanie Salzman
My student C. has a weak spot in her voice at E5. She knows it. I know it. We hear it. We feel it.
She’s now a senior, and we need to get this fixed before she leaves college.
So today I gave her a simple isolation exercise, moving over the E5 on five basic vowels. The idea here is to slowly connect over the E5, really feeling the move from one pitch to the next, and deal with this one little corner of the voice the same way an athlete would isolate a particular muscle.
After singing this five times in D-flat, move up a half-step to D for five more reps, then up to E-flat for five more reps.