+ Where are the Singing Mamas Choir Classes?
I offer Singing Mamas choir classes in Rochester and Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
+ What can I expect from a singing mamas experience?
Once you have booked your place in a singing mamas group, Rachel will have all your details from your booking form and will be ready to welcome you personally to the group. On arrival you will find a circle of chairs and rugs on the floor in the middle with some soft toys for any young ones. There is the usual chatting hellos before your choir leader will invite a moment of hush and lead the group into a short, gentle song to focus the attention.
After this comes the vocal and body warm up exercises which work to relax muscles, notice any tension and aches and pains in the body and start to shift mood. We do this before singing to help loosen up, unwind and to enter a more playful energy. GREAT ALSO if you are especially shy.
If the thought of this is scary to you, don’t worry at all! So many women have bravely stepped through the door for the first time to find that there was nothing to be afraid of and they have left feeling fantastic, even triumphant for daring to play.
+ What if the little ones disturb the quiet introduction part with noise?
The little ones usually still themselves in response to the quietening, however any noises from them are absolutely fine! This exercise is a way to shake off any stresses from the morning, the busy week or the mood left over from sleepless nights. It deliberately marks the beginning of a new activity.
+ How many songs will I learn?
In each Singing Mamas session you can expect to learn between 3-5 new songs as well as perfecting songs from previous weeks and singing some old favourites just for the fun of it. All songs are taught by ear which means without written word or song sheets.
+ What are harmony songs?
These are songs which have layers to them. For example, women with lower voices will sing one tune, the middle range voices will sing another (sometimes also with different words and rhythms) And the higher voices will sing another…but all at the same time and all skilfully woven together by your choir leader to make a beautiful sound.
+ But I’ve never sung in harmony before and I’m not a strong singer! ...
Well then you are in for a treat! The parts are sung in groups so you don’t need to worry about not being an experienced singer (yet. I say that because soon you WILL be able to call yourself an experienced singer!) In your parts you will be supported by the other singers until your part has sunk in and you can sing it out in confidence.
+ I don’t know if I’m high, low or middle range?
Your own unique voice is something that you will discover very quickly, including where in the range of voices you find most comfortable and enjoyable to sing.
+ My child will never allow me to do this for myself if it’s not focussed on him! ...
Mothers are usually so much ‘in service’ to their children. and most activities address the needs of either the parent OR the child. Singing Mamas is unique in its way that it benefits both the children and the women in different ways. Although not all women who come are mothers, and not all mothers choose to bring their child with them, those that do bring them are amazed how the children delight in their experience of the women around them relaxed, uplifted, energised and feeling great.
Of course the harmony sound that is created has an amazing impact on the children and many benefits for health and wellbeing of the mother and young ones. It might be a new experience for your child to watch you being a human in your own right-being entirely present to your needs and meeting them. The message that this sends to children is invaluable.
I’ve watched as children look up in awe and wonder at their mother, beautifully relaxed, light in mood and singing their hearts out. They give their full permission for you to do something for yourself and they seem to know that it’s good for them too! For your child it is an unforgettable experience.
+ How will I get to know new friends if we are singing the whole time?
With Tea and cake! This is the perfect time for socialising and building friendships. After the connecting activity of singing there is naturally lots in common to talk about. The young ones, having been settled by the singing will become more playful and active.
+ Can we try a session before committing?
Singing Mamas Choirs are booked by the half-term block (usually between 4 and 7 weeks) and we do ask that you try to commit to this short amount of time. However, if you find, having attended your first session, that the choir is not for you, we will refund your fees minus a charge for attending one session and a small admin fee.