This essential text provides choral music educators with a well-organized, practical introduction to directing choirs and managing choral programs at the middle-school through high-school level. It offers step-by-step advice on designing and administering a choral program, from curricula to repertoire to performance, and helps instructors develop a personal philosophy of music education. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Rooted in the experience of a professional choral conductor, this book provides a guide to practical issues facing conductors of choral ensembles at all levels, from youth choruses to university ensembles, church and community choirs, and professional vocal groups. Paired with the discussion of practical challenges is a discussion of over fifty key works from the choral literature, with performance suggestions to aid the choral conductor in directing each piece. Dealing with often-overlooked yet vital considerations such as how to work with composers, recording, concert halls, and choral tours, A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting offers a valuable resource for both emerging choral conductors and students of choral conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
This is a compact and comprehensive overview of the many teaching methods, strategies, materials, and assessments available for choral sight-singing instruction. It takes the mystery out of teaching music reading. Topics covered include practical strategies for teaching and assessment.
This textbook prepares Music Education and Choral Conducting majors to be effective middle school and high school choral music teachers. It fully integrates the choral field experience for hands-on learning and reflection and allows the student to observe and teach the book’s principles. It covers the essentials of vocal development, auditions, literature, rehearsals, classroom management, and practical matters.
(Methodology Chorals). Excellence is not something stumbled upon by accident. You won't achieve great things while flailing about in paperwork nor partake of true musical artistry by folly. Success requires a concrete plan of action: a big-picture plan followed by all the little details that, together, create a complex mosaic that forms a beautiful and intricate picture of choral excellence. This practical text offers a wealth of information for running a choral program. The two successful veteran teachers offer advice for dozens of solutions to issues facing the choral director. Includes a CD-ROM of bonus material, an introduction by Paul Salamunovich, and these chapters: 1. GET READY... The Calendar for the Year, The Choir Handbook. 2. GET SET... Preparing for Class, Herhearsal Structure and Techniques, Selecting Literature, Blueprint for Teaching Choral Literature, Effective Classroom Management. 3. GO! Conducting Concert Dos and Don'ts, Memorization, Contests and Festivals, Programming Themes and Variations, Enrichment Opportunities for Students, The Blessing of Added Extras, Identifying Prospective Audiences. 4. AFTER ALL, THEY DO CALL YOU A TEACHER! Grading Policies, Paperwork, Teaching Sight-Reading and Music Literacy. 5. TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Copyright Law for the Choral Director, The Art of the Interview, Teacher Observations and Evaluations, Professional Resources. 6. HOW TO GET ALONG AND PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS Building Your Support System, The Recruitment and Retention of Choir Students, Effective Publicity and Public Relations. HOW TO DO STUFF Fund-Raising, Uniforms, Music Library Organization and Maintentance. 8. HOW TO KEEP THE TAIL FROM WAGGING THE DOG Show, Pop, Jazz, and Swing Choirs, Chamber Singers and Madrigal Groups. 9. WHO SAYS CHOIR IS BORING? Choir Traditions, Fun and Games, Trips, Tours, Parties, and Banquets. 10. ALL THE REST THAT'S FIT TO PRINT... Topics Overlooked in MusEd 101, The Great Miscellany of It All. 11. VAULTING INTO THE BIG LEAGUES VIPs of the Profession, "You Are Cordially Invited...", International Travel Epilogue, Table of Contents for CD Appendix, Index
This new choral methods text is a resource for future practitioners and a reference for any choral conductor. This book includes the combined experience and expertise of both recognized leaders in music education and choral teachers who work in today's classroom. With insights and perspectives, 20 authors--all leading choral directors, administrators, practicing teachers in the schools, and clinicians--bring their unique voices to a wide range of topics. Subjects covered include: Philosophy and teaching styles, history of choral music, designing and scheduling the choral program, choosing repertoire, care and feeding of the high school choir, assessment, the choral warm-up and rehearsal, elementary and middle school choral programs, the changing voice, improvisation, vocal jazz and music theatre, multicultural considerations, movement and rhythm, commissioning works for choirs, choral programs in urban settings, and touring with your choir. Also included with the book is a CD containing recordings of exemplary high school choral performance models.
Conducting is a multifaceted craft that includes ear training, vocal, training, conducting techniques, rehearsal techniques, performance practice, music theory, and music history--not to mention basic leadership and group dynamics. It can also be an art that will consume a lifetime of study and practice. Many people have skills in some of these areas, but it is the rare person who has mastered every facet of this complex craft. The scope of this book is to address only the physical skills, the one area that most people can master relatively quickly, regardless of their skill level in other areas. * Written for new directors or the director wanting more training * Contains illustrations and diagrams to covey key concepts * Written by one of America's most respected choral conducting instructors * Will help music leaders become more comfortable with this difficult area of music leadership * Will give directors a higher level of confidence with their church choir Maket *Church choir directors * Music directors