Community

When you speak the word ‘community’, what comes to mind? Maybe a community centre where there are activities for people of all ages. Maybe there’s a small community in your work-place? Perhaps you identify your community with your neighbourhood – it has a strong identity in the larger geographic area.

SummerChoir

This image uses an unusual juxtaposition of a nun with a banjo to advertise a summer choir. Fun!

I love this image because it is advertising a choir for those who are ‘choir-less’ over the summer. It is building a new community for those who love to sing.

There is a saying printed on magnets, mugs, posters, etc. ‘Sing as if no one is listening’. It does not say ‘Sing when no one is listening’ because singing is something to be shared, either as a soloist or as a member of a choir. When you sing, it should be with as much freedom alone as when you have an audience. Tough to do, but the results are worth it!

When you start singing lessons, you should invite a few of your close friends to support you in this new endeavor. If they are involved in music-making themselves, that’s even better – you can create your own micro-community for each-other. You don’t have to be doing the same musical activity, just be there for each-other.

When I started my first year of singing, I would occasionally sing for my friends a capella (not accompanied by an instrument) – they professed to be a willing audience, and it was good to practice singing in front of others.

Your community is there for you. They support you in every way possible by coming to your performances, listening when you need to talk about your frustrations, and not interfering or offering unsolicited advice about your choices.

Your community can be musical or non-musical. They can be your neighbours, your friends, and/or long-distance friends. I am building a community by writing this blog. I want to reach out and encourage others who have been tentative about singing, to go out and sing!

You have many different circles of relationships in your community. What purpose does your music community serve for you? How do you serve your music community?

I’ll be taking a break over the next three weeks to enjoy time with my family and friends for the holidays. They are a part of my musical support community that do not see a lot of me during the rest of the year.

Have a wonderful and music-filled break over the holidays and you’ll hear from me again in the New Year.

As always, I love to have your comments and feedback. Use the form below to tell me about your community!

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