Beyond Singing


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Beyond Singing
Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program
By Stan McGill and Elizabeth Volk 
Book and CD-ROM
248 pages

The authors, experienced successful choral directors, address the non-musical tasks facing each conductor in order to create excellent successful choir experiences. Specific tools, tips and techniques (with real-world examples) that can be used today with a performing group are offered to new teachers and experienced choral directors. These tricks and resources will also work with a church choir, community choir or any musical group. 

The enclosed CD-ROM has bonus material that correlate to book chapters 1-4, 6-7, and 9-11. It includes sample choir calendars, handbooks, lesson plans, charts, graphics, worksheets, programs, schedules, assignments, tests, guidelines, spreadsheets, games and more.

1. Get Ready
     The Calendar for the Year
     The Choir handbook
2. Get Set...
     Preparing for Class
     Rehearsal Stucture and Techniques
     Selecting Literature 
     Blueprint for Teaching Choral Literature
     Effective Classroom Management
3. Go!
     Concert Dos and Don'ts
     Contest 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
     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
7. How to Do Stuff
     Music Library Organization and Maintenance
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 Sometimes 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
Table of Contents for CD Appendix


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