Golden Rules for Leading Rounds Successfully

  1. Choose a song that is really well known.
  2. Keep out of it yourself if you can; it is ever so much easier to lead a round if you are not also trying to maintain a part.
  3. Sing the whole song through twice with everyone before dividing into parts.
  4. Know the four different entry points.
  5. Divide into two first, starting at the first and third entry points.
  6. Make sure everyone else knows the entry points, too.
  7. Sing the first part over and over, using eye-contact to bring in each group at their entries.
  8. Now you’re ready to divide into four. Make sure everyone knows the new entry points and lead in the same way as for rounds in two.
  9. Try some different songs. And once you know what you’re doing, you can be more ambitious. “Algie and the Bear” with actions, in four is fabulous fun!

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