How to choose a repertoire for a teenager, taking into account the peculiarities of teenage perception
Modern teachers in music schools often face the fact that a teenager does not want to sing this or that song or romance, and all attempts to convince him lead to complications and conflicts. Often a teenager refuses not only to perform a romance that he does not like, but may even stop going to music school. To properly understand this issue, you need to consider all the age characteristics of adolescents. You will learn about them in this article.
AGE FEATURES OF THE TEENAGER This age is characterized not only by increased vulnerability, but also by the desire to impress. He wants to seem bright, effective and beautiful, to be appreciated and approved, and the less love he receives in his environment, the sharper this feeling. He also becomes sensitive to ridicule, so it is important for him that the romance that he will sing from the stage favorably emphasizes his strengths as a vocalist and as a person. Therefore, in order to choose the right repertoire for him, it is necessary to take into account such age-specific features of the adolescent as: The desire for performance. Performing a romance, a teenager wants to feel not just a performer, but a star. To do this, his repertoire should be interesting, conveying feelings familiar to the teenager himself and appropriate to his perception. Fear that they will condemn him or laugh at him. It is also characteristic of adolescence, therefore, if there are places in a vocal composition that are incomprehensible to him and cause embarrassment, he simply can refuse to perform it and decide that “he does not need classical vocals, since there are uninteresting works”. And here you also need to be careful when choosing a repertoire.
The presence of new interests. In adolescence, a young man or girl can decide that no one needs the classic and that he would rather engage in pop vocals or even choose dances. You can only keep interest in a bright and understandable repertoire, the content of which will help the teenager to open up. Beautiful arrangements will also make a significant impact, which will allow the teenager to feel on stage no worse than a popular star. When choosing works about love, you need to take into account the age characteristics of a teenager, or rather, his perception. Here a lot depends on the specific character and temperament. There are boys and girls who perceive light works, without strong drama. And some, on the contrary, already at an early age can perfectly convey the character of the heroine Carmen. So the vocal teacher should pay attention to the ideas about the love of a particular teenager in order to choose a repertoire that will be clear to him and will help to open up. A vivid manifestation of character. It is when the teenager begins to stubborn, show character and show himself, it is clear what his temperament and perception of the world. Usually at this time, an already formed character begins to manifest with its own characteristics. Someone becomes bright and flirty, an imp in a skirt, and someone turns into a dreamy glamorous girl, tender and easily wounded. Based on these features, it is worth choosing works. You shouldn’t make Carmen out of a shy person and vice versa. It is better that the character traits of the teenager appear in the work, then it will be easy for him to fulfill it.
HOW THE TEENAGER’S PERCEPTION AFFECTS THE CHOICE OF A REPERTOIR When choosing a romance, it is worth analyzing its content and wondering if it will fit into the perception of the teenager. There are romances that sound good in the performance of a mature man. They contain words about deep dramatic love, about years that have passed unnoticed. They should not be given to a teenager, as he will not be able to convey his mood, emotions and character. But songs and romances about first love, falling in love, tenderness or, conversely, betrayal, a teenager will be able to convey, if they correspond to his perception. Also, the romance should effectively show the teenager himself. For example, the romance “I Loved You” will sound beautifully performed by a teenager who is easy to relate to failures and is not inclined to dramatize the situation. For a vulnerable and reserved teenager, this romance will inspire longing for both himself and the listeners. Therefore, when choosing a repertoire, it is worth considering the perception of the teenager and his formed character. HOW TO CREATE YOUR VOCALIST’S IMAGE The main secret to creating an image of a teenage vocalist is to present its features to the public in a profitable way. You can beat beautifully anything. Is the teenager hot-tempered and impatient? He should choose a repertoire where he can beautifully present his unbridledness. Is it closed? Lyrical romances that are not too emotional in nature are what you need. Is a teenager funny? Moving romances or, on the contrary, dramatic works will sound with him easily and beautifully. After that, it is worth considering his image, costume and message, which he will have to convey to the audience during the performance.