PICTURE this: the piano is playing, students stand up, take a deep breath, and sing beautifully with the melody. They are in harmony and are enthusiastic to sing. This is what happens in Mr. Broschinsky’s choir class. Granger high school has been gifted with many intelligent and talented students, and it’s always a pleasure seeing them make the most of their time in high school.
In Broschinsky’s choir class, students like Savannah Moore (9) love to sing. “Growing up, I sang all the time,” she said. “I enjoy singing in choir with my friends and classmates, and I like that it doesn’t distract me too much from my other classes.”
Choir trains Savannah to have a nice strong voice, which helps her sing loudly when she participates in school plays like Mary Poppins and Puffs. “As he teaches us how to sing, he also teaches us a lot about breath support and posture so that our singing sounds better. When we did the musical
Mary Poppins, the skills I learned in class helped when I was dancing and singing at the same time. You need to be able to breathe deeply and sing well, so control is really helpful,” she said.
Although choir helps students be better singers, not everyone in Mr. Broschinksy’s class sings when they are supposed to. “Sometimes, you have some expectations of how a choir class would sound like. But most of the time, it’s really quiet,” Savannah said. “A lot of people just join the class for credits, but honestly, if anyone tries their best, they’ll end up doing really well.”
“Singing in choir provides a sense of real belonging, offers new opportunities for learning, encourages student engagement, and promotes civic engagement,” according to the chorusamerica. org website. Perhaps students feel pressured in high school to get their classwork done, to have the best grades, and pass tests. Maybe they don’t have time to worry about school activities. But they just might find themselves enjoying it more than they imagined.
With the pandemic, students have been more shy than usual. Talking to each other might seem impossible. They feel anxious, so hopefully they can forget their problems and feel comfortable enough to sing in Mr. Broschinsky’s class. Everyone could agree that this year has been going very quickly. It feels as if the school year just started, yet third quarter is almost finished. Students need to stay caught up now more than ever.
The ending of the school year is stressful, and the closer students get to adulthood can be frightening. They can be adults forever, but being a teen is only temporary. Make the most out of it. Whether students join Choir or not, they should have hobbies that keep them busy and entertained. Choir holds lots of potential that can help every student, not just those singing in school plays or those planning to go to Broadway someday.