I want to teach band so I don’t need to sing” or “I am a band director so I don’t sing” Unfortunately these phrases are said too often by music education undergraduates and band directors. Many band directors will play almost any instrument for their students, but they are not comfortable using their singing voice. This is also true with undergraduates. I have a few friends who are instrumentalists and want to become band directors and nothing else. They are not willing to go out of their comfort zone and sing. I feel it is important that all music educators get comfortable using their singing voice no matter their specialty. All music education undergraduates are required to be proficient in all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, so why shouldn’t proficiency in singing be required? Non-vocalists especially need to learn to become comfortable with their singing voice. Continue reading