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Educating Young Singers



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Educating Young Singers
A Choral Resource for Teachers-Conductors
By Mary Goetze, Angela Broeker and Ruth Boshkoff
Book and DVD
246 pages

This book is designed to assist those with young choirs in integrating pedagogical and musical knowledge, setting the stage for meaningful rehearsals that lead to gratifying performances. Ideas, processes, demonstrations and activities are given. The included DVD has demonstrations on conducting gesture, specific warm-ups and song presentations with the Indiana University Children's Choir.

Unit 1: First Things First
Chapter 1: Choosing Repertoire
     The Task at Hand
     Finding Repertorie
     Choosing Individual Pieces
     Programming the Concert
Chapter 2: Embracing the World of Vocal Music
     Learning and Singing Songs from Diverse Cultures
     Embracing Technology
     Exploring Diverse Music
Chapter 3: Learning the Score
     Analyzing the Score
     Applying the Template to Britten's A New Year Carol
     Auralizing the Score
Chapter 4: Developing Conducting Gestures
     Reducing Tension
     Less Is More
     Posture and Arm and Hand Position
     Preparations and Cueing
     Phrase Shape and Dynamics
     Choristers as Conductors
Unit 2: The Toolbox
Chapter 5:  Tools for Vocal Development
     Physical and Mental Preparation
     Breath Management
     Vocal Registers
     Range Extension
     Vertical Tuning
Chapter 6: Tools for Musical Literacy
     Guidelines for Teaching Reading
     Systems for Teaching Reading
     Activities for Teaching Reading
Chapter 7: Tools for Teaching Part-Singing
     Teaching Contrapuntal Pieces
     Taking Steps Toward Homophony
Chapter 8: Tools for Kindling Creativity
     Making Musical Decisions
     Choristers' Self-Evaluation

Unit 3: Putting It All Together
Chapter 9: Presenting the Songs
     From Brainstorming to Song-Presentation Plan
Chapter10: Planning Rehearsals
     Long-Term Planning
     Rehearsal Planning 
     Sample Choral Rehearsal
Chapter 11: Addressing Choral Challenges
     Vocal Production 
     Vowels and Consonants

Appendix A: Assessing Choristers
Appendix B: Handling Vocal Challenges
Appendix C: Release Form for Presenters     


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I know one of the authors and she is an excellent teacher!
Kim W on Jul 25, 2013
This is the required text for the Choral Conducting portion of Kodaly Certification Classes at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. The book is loaded with good techniques for truly teaching singing to chorus students in a way that is fun for them.
Elizabeth L on Sep 26, 2012
Excellent source for directors of young choirs.
David P on Dec 6, 2012
Needed a great resource as a new choir teacher.
Leeann S on Jul 26, 2012

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