Sing Out Loud

If someone said that it’s easy to teach a kid singing, then he must’ve been never singing when he was a kid. It’s hard for teaching a kid how to sing, coz we pushed a kid to reveal his voice in certain tones and rhythm, and it only can be done by a brave kid. No wonder that lotta parents send their kids to vocal course only to teach their kids how to be brave and discipline.

Better ones, dancing allowed. The Santa hats coloured the plain costume. But it’s necessary to teach kids about stage art, instead just bunching on the corner. Those mics prohibited them for exploring the space. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

Better ones, dancing allowed. The Santa hats coloured the plain costume. But it’s necessary to teach kids about stage art, instead just bunching on the corner. Those mics prohibited them for exploring the space. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

Two days ago, I watched a children choir competition in a mall. The singers were students of elementary schools who were trained to sing X-mas songs. I used to think that I was just gonna watch a show of kids who sang due to their teachers’ instructions. But then I saw that competing in such a mall-classified competition could be huge problem for the kids.

The festival hadn’t begun, but the intimidative competition has been felt in backstage. A school sent a team in a very glamorous shading satin costume, very counter to another school team who just wearing shirts uniform and jeans. A school team sang with each kid brought gold star wand, and another school team didn’t bother to wear costume uniform but they wore batik.

As the other teams wore uniform, this one didn’t. Just prepared batik of their own. Less effort, but unique. Singing and standing on the stage look still a huge problem for them. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

As the other teams wore uniform, this one didn’t. Just prepared batik of their own. Less effort, but unique. Singing and standing on the stage look still a huge problem for them. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

As each school teams began to sing, it was began to be seen, which team was solid each other, and which team which was just united by its teacher for formality. A school team could march in neat rows as they stood on the stage, but another team only could make awkward row and stood really close each other as looked like riding a city bus.

Some kids seemed to know that during their stage performance, they should view the audience. But some other are still concerned with their own humming, looked from their wandering sight. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

Some kids seemed to know that during their stage performance, they should view the audience. But some other are still concerned with their own humming, looked from their wandering sight. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

I also could see which performance was awesome and which one was a crap. I found a school team sang by standing stiffly as if they’re gonna be shocked. Though they sang a cheerful song. It was too bad, coz the costumes were already sportive casual for dancing.

A few verse of a song will sound more beautiful if it’s not sung massal. This school team use two singers at the center for singing duet, while their friends become the background. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

A few verse of a song will sound more beautiful if it’s not sung massal. This school team use two singers at the center for singing duet, while their friends become the background. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

Then, sometimes kids couldn’t listen to the music arrangement easily, to adjust which moment for singing and which moment when they should shut up. There was a moment when the music had stopped, but the kids still remained singing the refrain. Probably they just remembered to sing refrains three times and they didn’t use music arrangement when they were in exercises. And at the competition, they sang with music arrangement from a record which only contained refrain twice. No wonder they got confused.

Foto 4: Singing cheerfully by dancing. One row sang on the bottom of the stage, gave chance for the row behind to look performing. Every singers deserved for the audience’s attention. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

Foto 4: Singing cheerfully by dancing. One row sang on the bottom of the stage, gave chance for the row behind to look performing. Every singers deserved for the audience’s attention. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

Singing in choir pushed kids to learn to be led and also teach them how to lead. Some school teams used conductor, and the choir could sing in order coz the conductor determined how fast the rhythm was. The conductor also determined when they must take a bow to audiences, and when the first row should leave the stage. So the singers weren’t confused about timing manouver coz they must do it together.

In other way, I also saw that the competition bet about prestiges of each schools. A school could really prepared well, hired a private pianist and even an instructor and also a choreographer. Some choreographer only designed simple dance for kids, but another ones could make it all out. Some school even looked experienced in competitions, coz they knew how to use the space of the stage for locating the singers diffusely, even they didn’t hesitate to put some kids on the bottom of the stage for creating stairs effect.

Good costume, good performance art. They looked like singing in a concert hall. Even if they didn’t win, they could bring the wands as a beautiful memory. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

Good costume, good performance art. They looked like singing in a concert hall. Even if they didn’t win, they could bring the wands as a beautiful memory. Photo by Vicky Laurentina.

I saw that the competition choir could be an event for pleasanting the parents. Audience seats were full of parents who watched their kids singing, they recorded their kids’ school observantly as if their kids were superstars. And each time a school finished their songs, there was always a parent who applauded proudly, though the team sang like singing on savannah.

I was so glad coz there wasn’t more than ten school teams in the competition, so I wasn’t tired to watch from upstairs. I thought, managing a children choir was much harder than managing the adult one. But that day, I learned my lessons that from a choir, there were lotta lessons that children and parents could take. I guessed now I wanna go back to my schools, when I joined choir each year. Later if I have kids, I’ll get them into school choir, too.

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Fenty
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 10:26:17

    jadi kapan tuh punya anaknya ? ;))

    Reply

  2. fahmi!
    Dec 17, 2009 @ 16:06:10

    Hehehe… 😀

    Reply

  3. fahmi!
    Dec 19, 2009 @ 12:06:32

    hihi, berapa lama kamu jadi mata mata dari lantai dua? 😀

    btw komen untuk kalimat terakhir: later if i have kids, they must have the skill to swim, and self defense.

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  4. alfarolamablawa
    Dec 20, 2009 @ 19:23:25

    belum punya bapaknya yah? hehehe
    ehem ehem..ckikiki
    salam kenal dalam persahabatan

    Reply

  5. zee
    Dec 21, 2009 @ 07:35:54

    Sudut pengambilan fotonya unik ya Vick, dari atas. Jd ingat salah satu film anak-anak di CBeebies…. yg boneka2 kecil dgn baju seragam yg sama… 🙂

    Reply

  6. fanny
    Dec 21, 2009 @ 15:31:08

    wkt kecil aku suka nyanyi tapi lama2 jadi gak suka krn suaranya false. hehehe..

    Reply

  7. insanitis37
    Dec 21, 2009 @ 17:24:31

    Trims atas submitnya..
    Tulisannya udah show tuh mba. tinggal cek aja. BRtw, skrg blogging pake WordPress ya??hehe

    Reply

  8. tukangpoto
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 20:24:00

    Coba motonya dari depan kan lebih asik tuh ngeliatnya…hehehe.

    Reply

  9. More Than Words
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 09:18:13

    Keren fotonya mbak
    aku suka dengerin lagu, sekarang lagi latihan nyanyi
    buat di kamar mandi sih
    ha..ha

    Reply

  10. dokterdita
    Dec 24, 2009 @ 12:00:09

    Saya juga pengen anak saya ikut kursus nyanyi ato choir, sama musik. Biar ntar gedenya ditaksir cewe2. Wqqqq =)

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