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This module of Voice for Life is about what it means to sing in a choir and what your choir means to you, other choir members, and the people who listen to it. As the answers to these things are different for each choir and singer, there are no formal tests for this module.
Instead, your choir trainer will ask you to think about the topics in this section of the book, one at a time, and write your answers to the questions in the boxes. (You may be asked to work in a group with other singers.) You will be given plenty of time to work on each topic, so work through the questions carefully one by one. Before you start writing, it may help to talk to other singers or do some Internet research.
Your choir trainer will look at your answers and may chat with you about them. You may be asked to follow up some points or answer more questions. When the topic is completed, he or she will sign the box in the targets on page 43. To complete this module for Red level, you have to finish at least one of the topics, but your choir trainer may want you to do more. Topic 3 is for church choirs only.
  Topic 1: The wider community
Your choir isn’t only important to the people who sing in it. It affects the people who listen to it too. Depending on the context of the choir, these may be: your church congregation, your school, your concert audiences and so on. The aim of this topic is to find out how your choir operates within your community.
To do this, interview at least three members of your choir’s wider community – anyone who is affected by it but who doesn’t sing in it. They could be members of your choir’s audience or congregation, or people who help to run it. Talk to your choir trainer, who will help you to organize this. You can do your interviews on your own or, if you will feel more comfortable, ask another singer to help you.
In the worksheet opposite, there are five questions to ask in the upper box. If you like, add a sixth question of your own. Then take some copies to do your interviews. Find three people to interview and write their names in the box below.
When you do your interviews, write the responses in the spaces on your copies. Think about the replies, and answer the following questions:
• Did people reply in the way you expected?
• How did you feel about the replies?
• What benefits does the choir bring to the community?
• Do the replies suggest ways to change what the choir does to serve its community better?
Now write your conclusions in the lower box on the opposite page, and share them with your choir trainer. (Use extra paper if you need to.)
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