Students will study personal interviews with group and solo vocalists of many genres. During the interviews, it may be revealed that some vocalists travel a lot, others may be educators at a university and be relatively "settled" in location. What are the possible lifestyles that accompany being a performer with an opera, or Broadway-style musical, or ethnic singing group that visiting many countries during a tour. What about pop, rock, and folk musicians? And studio musicians who might possibly live in Nashville or Los Angeles? What types of employment are possible in these fields? What is required to train and audition effectively for these positions? Students can have a glimpse at possibilities and the work that's required to become a professional singer.
Before choosing a career in singing, students need to evaluate the possibilities of employment in different areas of singing...understanding the educational requirements of employment with schools [as a music educator], churches, universities, opera companies, and musical theatre casts, and pop /folk music performing groups. Which lifestyles will offer a more stable/predictable income, which will offer a more "permanent" setting in which to live, and which careers offer the freedom of more travel. These are important questions to consider before making the "plunge" into a professional vocalist's career.
Other Instructional Materials or Notes:
-Teacher's Smartboard and computer
This lesson could be completed in several days as a "unit"... but over the course of a semester would be beneficial for the student who really wants to gather enough information to weigh the realistic possibilities of a vocalist's career.
- CM.C Connecting - I can connect musical ideas and works to personal experience, careers, culture, history, and other disciplines.
- CM.C.9 I can relate music to other arts disciplines, content areas, and career path choices.