Transforming an Inner-city Church: History and Attitudes Surrounding a Paid Children’s Choir
Through interviews with children, parents, choral directors, and adults who participated in like programs as children, answers to the following points are explored: Do children who would not otherwise be attracted to sing in a choir learn to value their participation in a musical activity? Are successful members of these choral ensembles populated with singers who would likely be participating anyway? Does the compensation affect the children’s attitude and behaviour in the choir rehearsal? Does the compensation increase the numerical participation level, as well as the musical level of a given group? Does participation in such an ensemble have life-long effects? How do ecclesiastical and civic communities really view and respond to such groups?
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