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Have you tried taping him? Maybe as part of your assessment protocol include some audio or even video recording. Give the class exemplars of singing with appropriate, expressive dynamics and let them “rate” (self-assess) their own performance, identifying what they did, or need to do to meet district “proficiency” level in this skill. If viewing his performance in an ensemble setting would potentially be embarrassing for him try to find a way to confer privately. Having your “sticky situation” boy participate in this kind of self assessment will hopefully help him be more reflective.
This is tricky but almost always kids and their parents know you sincerely want everyone to have a positive musical experience – best of luck.
Mary Anne Zupan
Retired K-5 music specialist