Why Emerging Voices?
By Lynn Mendoza-Khan Choir director for Emerging Voices, Voices in Unity and the Women’s choir
Because as children explore their world they experience the range in emotions. They don’t always know how to process them beyond laughing, crying, yelling, stomping etc. I’ve introduced a new song called, “Cooroo Cooroo” a gentle song which begins depicting a charming winterscape. “Look to the sky, close your eyes; feel the snowflakes fall. All around, there is no sound but a lone bird’s call…” the picturesque words and tender accompaniment evoke a magical winter scene. Singing is such a comforting way to self sooth.
The symbolism of a cold barren winter scene and a lone bird (dove) singing a comforting refrain opened up a great conversation with the children about how overwhelming any upset feelings such as loneliness, frustration, sadness can be. The lone bird in the song is a symbolic reminder that peace and love is around the corner always. I asked them to try singing to help them work through an upsetting emotion and see if it helped them see their issue differently. Often, singing can give you just enough time and shift for a new perspective to emerge. In this way, using music to have meaningful conversations about life is what I love the most during Emerging Voices rehearsals. We workshop these tools in the hopes that we all will emerge empowered while we work through our problems.
Posted on Fri, October 9, 2015
by Dan Ratelle & Melissa James