Blueprint for the Exceptional Choral Program
By Stan McGill and Elizabeth Volk
Book and CD-ROM
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
Blueprint for Teaching Choral Literature
Effective Classroom Management
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
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
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?
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..."
Table of Contents for CD Appendix
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