Sustainable Recruitment for a Boys Choir
As with most research topics, it will help if you think broadly about what information might be applicable to the problem being faced by the choir in this case. Spend a few minutes brainstorming questions to make your research more efficient.
- What have other choirs (all ages, genders, and countries) done to attract and retain members?
- What do boys gain from being in a choir?
- What alternative activities might the same group of boys choose?
- What motivates young boys these days?
The resources that follow are just the first that come to mind. They are meant to get you started on your research, but I'm sure you will find many other sources as you start exploring.
Always check association sites for sections labelled research, publications, links, statistics. I'll list a few such associations below, but I'm sure you'll find many more with a quick Google search. In general, the larger organizations (national or international level) are more likely to have research and data.
A few journals that you might want to browse for ideas
- Choral Journal
- International Journal of Music Education
- Music Educators Journal
- Music Education Research
- International journal of research in choral singing
- I used Google Scholar to find out that the article above was cited by this thesis: Investigating the Attitudes of Adolescent Male Singers in Gender Choirs. And that thesis has three pages of references... follow such leads to fully explore the literature!
- Similarly, this article, "Boys’ Perceptions of Singing: A Review of the Literature" (found in Education Source) has been cited by 25 newer articles and chapters listed in Google Scholar since it was published in late 2013, and it has over 20 references.
C. I came across this UK-based firm: My Choir Marketing Services. On a quick scan, it looks like his blog has some interesting tips based on his experience with many choirs. For example... "Choir recruitment – a never-ending struggle."
<That's all for now, but check back later in case I've added anything. -- MB>