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                                 Singing as part of a choir
As a singer, you need to practise individually and work on your own voice and musical ability in order to improve. You may also be able to improve your skills as a choir member. At Yellow level, you are responsible within the choir for leading and looking after the less experienced singers. This is rather like being captain of a sports team; you are expected to play to the best of your ability, but you also have the added responsibility of encouraging your team members to do the best they can.
The manager of the team relies on the captain to fulfil this important job. In the same way, your choir trainer relies on you to fulfil this job within your choir. You can provide a lead to your team members by setting an example with your attendance, your singing and your behaviour in rehearsals and services or concerts.
Your choir trainer needs to know that you:
• are committed, reliable and punctual, always informing the choir trainer before being absent
• take responsibility for the less experienced singers
• understand the delicate balance in a choir between giving a strong musical lead and blending with other singers
• are an outstanding choir member, setting an excellent example
to other singers (musical standards, attendance, behaviour, commitment, and so on)
• understand why it is important
to participate in the practicalities of running a choir (preparing rehearsal rooms, collecting music, and so on)
  Ask yourself the following questions. Write the answers here, then ask your choir trainer to comment.
Do I set an example to other choir members? How?
Do I help with running the choir? In what ways could I be more helpful?
Explain the differences between solo and choral singing.
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