Lifeline For Children's Choir Directors


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Lifeline for Children's Choir Directors
By Jean Ashworth Bartle
Grades 1 - 6
215 pages

Bartle is the founder of the Toronto Children's Chorus. This book is a useful and practical guide for any experienced or beginning conductor on how to build a? children's choir (school, community or church).

Chapter 1: Before You Begin

Chapter 2: Developing the Child's Voice

Chapter 3: The Uncertain Singer

Chapter 4: Diction

Chapter 5: Musicianship

Chapter 6: Conducting the Children's Chorus

Chapter 7: The School Primary Choir - Recruitment, Organization (Seating Plan, Chair Set-up, The First Rehearsal), Rehearsal Techniques in Subsequent Rehearsals (Music or No Music, Use of the Chalkboard), Teaching a New Song ("Orion"), "But They Can't Read Music!" Concerts and Performances (Early in the Year- Special Guests, Open House, Christmas/Holiday Concert, Other Venues - Nursing Homes, Banks and Libraries, Music Festivals, Spring Concerts), Role of the Piano Accompanist, Uniforms, Home and School Involvement/Role of Administration, Important Extras, Suitable Repertoire for the Primary Choir.

Chapter 8: The School Junior Choir (grades 4, 5 and 6) - Recruitment, Organization (Seating Plan, Who Sings Alto, Chair Set-up), Procedure, Rehearsal Techniques (The First Rehearsal/New Choir Schedule, Subsequent Rehearsals), Teaching Plan for "Bist Du Bei Mir," Teaching Plan for "Song for the Mira," Additional Rehearsal Techniques, Performances (Early in the Year, The December Whirlwind, Concerts and Programming, Children's Choir Festivals, Competitive Music Festivals, Workshops, Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Universities, Libraries, Other Schools, Out-of-Town Choir Exchange), Suitable Repertoire for the Junior Choir, Role of the Piano Accompanist, Extras (Choir Executive, Parties), And In Conclusion.

Chapter 9: The Junior Church Choir - Recruitment, Organization, Planning the Music and Services, How Often Should the Children Sing, Music Software, First Rehearsal, Rehearsal Techniques, Teaching Plan for "Songs of Praise," Involvement of Parents, Repertoire (Music for Junior Church Choirs), Role of the Organist, Additional Thoughts and Ideas.

Chapter 10: The Community or Professional Children's Choir - Where to Begin, The Auditioning Process (How to Assess the Children, Re-auditions), Rehearsal Techniques, A Teaching Plan for "Keewaydin," Repertoire Lists, How to Choose Repertoire, Adult Involvement, Chorister Expectations, The Role of the Accompanist, Those All-Important Extras.

Chapter 11: Questions Most Frequently Asked

Chapter 12: And Finally....


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I have a church choir with children age 4 to 7. Will this be helpful?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Not directly, but this book is an excellent and thorough explanation of children's singing and children's choirs, by one of the great practitioners in the field. For repertoire for ages 4-7, I suggest: one of the Kodaly books with songs sequenced according to Kodaly principles, starting with two-note songs--I use "My Singing Bird--150 Folk Songs"; the Rounds and Sacred Rounds chapters in "Rise Up Singing" (especially
The Peace Round by Jean Ritchie) ; Helen Kemp's "Where in the World--Folk Song Warm Ups"; and materials from the Boston group The Revels. Their are also good materials from the sources specializing in church music for children.

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