We try to equip all our boys with much more than just how to sing better. We teach lifelong skills which will aid them in their development as they grow up.
And, after 38 years, some of our alums that were in those early choirs starting in 1982 have re-connected with me and said how important the training they received on how to live, was equally as important as the training they received on how to sing better! Oh, and most of these guys are now in their mid-thirties and up!
One of the ways I do this, is to have talks with the boys before, during and after rehearsals. We talk often about things that are important to them of course and here is a subject we discussed not too long ago . . . Ten things that take 0% talent, but will get you 100% respect.
Being on time – If you’re on time . . . you’re late.
Work ethic – Being honest and always doing your best.
Effort – Doing more than is expected of you.
Body language – Aware of how your face, stance and body send non-verbal signals to others.
Energy – Whatever you are doing, always give 100%.
Attitude – Try to have a positive outlook on your life in general . . . especially in public.
Passion – Look like you are totally involved.
Doing extra – Going the ‘extra’ mile as often as you can.
Listening – Don’t just hear what people say . . . embrace what they say.
Being prepared – Think ahead before you do anything.
While not every one of our over 6400 alumni have gone on to do great and honorable things . . . they were all given the best information and encouragement to do so.