Closely related to the theme of anxiety are identity and efficacy. In simple terms, children either self-identify as singers or they do not. If they do identify as singers, their self-efficacy shoots up and their anxiety goes away. What are your expectations of the boys in this photograph?
There is a lot about this in the book. Here is an extract on self-efficacy
Here is an extract on expectations
The “rugby team” in the photograph is actually the Y7 boys’ choir from Guildford County School, a state school where the expectations of both management and music department are high. I used this in a PGCE lecture to illustrate the depressing state of affairs that exists with regard to attitudes to singing in state and independent schools – and the postcode lottery that exists within the state system. Here are some of the slides – they speak for themselves
Finally, the BKS film How to get boys to sing, NOT portrays how anti-singing gender stereotypes can be perpetuated by the unprofessional behaviour of a small minority of teachers. The film is based on real facts from research, though the teacher depicted is an actor!
Professionalism and Identity
The teacher in this film is an actor. The scene portrayed, however is a real one. This is most unfortunate, but significant numbers of people have viewed this film and said “Oh, that’s happened to me” or “That goes on in my school”.