Can you see how amazing it is what Bobby McFerrin is doing here? From his totally centered place in the middle of thousands of people, he is invites everybody to play with him. He doesn’t ask them if they can – he assumes they can – and of course they can! By sharing his own soulful music and using simple modelling and gestures, he invites everybody in with barely any words.
The only time he speaks is to say “don’t clap”. Clapping can put an audience into “automatic” mode, chanelling the energy away from the soul of the music and the voice. “Don’t clap”, in this case, means, “use your voice – feel it in your whole body – move your whole body”. He makes this a BIG experience for everybody – and he does so little. He is a master at helping people find their voice.
Nancy Salwen is a singing teacher and the founder of The Fear of Singing Breakthrough Program, and the author of the book by the same name. She teaches singing to "non-singers," beginning singers, and anyone who wants to be more confident and expressive with their voice. She leads workshops in New England, New York City and California and teaches private lessons over Skype.
In addition she is a Music for People certified workshop leader and leads music-based team building workshops for businesses and organizations, and an early childhood music educator and Music Together teacher and center director.