Directing the Choral Music Program

ISBN-10: 0195132823
ISBN-13: 9780195132823
Edition: 2003
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Description: Directing the Choral Music Program is a comprehensive introduction to developing and managing choral music programs from the elementary through the high-school level. Designed primarily as a choral methods textbook for the undergraduate music  More...

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List price: $89.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 9.41" wide x 6.42" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

Directing the Choral Music Program is a comprehensive introduction to developing and managing choral music programs from the elementary through the high-school level. Designed primarily as a choral methods textbook for the undergraduate music education curriculum, it will also be of interest to choral directors. The book is structured around three basic units: the administrative process, choral planning, and choral rehearsing. In addition to core topics--including recruitment and auditioning, classroom management, vocal development, and curriculum and performance planning--it covers many subjects not included in other texts, such as student discipline, philosophy of choral music education, and the history of choral conducting. It also features chapters on directing show choirs and musicals; organizing choir tours, festivals, and contests; working with changing voices; and developing sight-reading skills and theoretical understanding. Directing the Choral Music Program incorporates study and discussion questions, numerous illustrations and musical examples, lists of recommended reading and web sites, a variety of class projects, and lists of choral repertory and class materials. Broad in scope and practical in orientation, this book provides a solid basis for a career in choral directing.

Kenneth H. Phillips, Professor Emeritus at The University of Iowa, is a graduate of Westminster College (BM), West Virginia University (MM), and Kent State University (Ph.D.). An award-winning researcher and teacher, Dr. Phillips is the author of four books--TEACHING KIDS TO SING (Cengage), BASIC TECHNIQUES OF CONDUCTING (Oxford University Press), DIRECTING THE CHORAL MUSIC PROGRAM (OUP), and EXPLORING RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION AND MUSIC THERAPY (OUP)--as well as more than 100 reviews, chapters, and professional journal articles. Professor Phillips has been honored with three outstanding teaching awards from The University of Iowa and is recognized by the National Association for Music Education as one of the nation's most accomplished music educators. A recipient of the Robert M. McCowen Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Choral Music, he holds the Distinguished Music Alumni Award from Kent State University and serves as an honorary board member of the Lowell Mason Foundation. Dr. Phillips has presented workshops throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, and New Zealand.

Each chapter includes Study and Discussion Questions and References
Preface
Choral Administration
Becoming a Choral Music Director
The Professional Choral Music Educator
Qualifications for the Choral Conductor
Historical Perspectives
Future Directions
Developing a Philosophy for the Music Program
The National Standards
Advocacy for Music in the Schools
Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Values
A Rationale for Music Education
Promoting and Recruiting for Choral Success
Building a Public Relations Program
The Choir Newsletter
Recruiting Choristers
Using Standardized Tests
Planning and Building the Choral Program
The Master Schedule
Designing the Choral Curriculum
Auditioning the Singers
Guidelines for Voice Classification
Processing the Flow of Information
Written Communication
Evaluating and Reporting Achievement
Lesson Planning
Informing Others
Managing the Choral Program
Budgetary Procedures
Music Supplies, Equipment, and Concert Attire
The Choral Music Library
Rewards to Stimulate Pride and Motivation
Optional Projects
A Rationale for Teaching Music
Preparing Promotion Materials
Choral Auditioning
Lesson Planning
Rehearsal And Performance Planning
Working with Adolescent Singers
The Nature of Adolescents
The Female Voice Change
The Male Voice Change
Appropriate Part Voicings
Planning for Discipline and Choir Conduct
Attributes of Good Teaching
Four Modes of Discipline
Basic Rules, Consequences, and Enlisting Help
Guidelines for Classroom Management
Choosing the Music
Guidelines for Choosing Quality Choral Literature
Locating Quality Choral Literature
Programming Objectives
Programming Sacred Music in the Schools
Preparing the Choral Rehearsal and Music
The Rehearsal Schedule
The Rehearsal Format
Preparing the Music
Placement of Singers
Organizing Performances
Concert Preparation
Choir ToursChoral Festivals
Competitions
Popular Music Presentations
Broadway Musical Productions
Swing Choirs
Show Choirs
Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Selected Bibliography for Broadway Musical Productions
Optional Projects
Code of Conduct
Show Choir Choreography
Choral Rehearsal Observation
Choral Techniques
Vocal Development
Posture Development
Breath Management: Breathing Motion
Breath Management: Control
Breath Management: Support
Vocal Development
Vocal Registers
Resonant Tone Production
Diction
Expression
Energizing the Choral Warm-UpEnergize the Body
Energize the Breath
Energize the Ear
Energize the Voice
Summary
Vocal Skills Development Outline: Energizing the Warm-Up
Teaching Sight-Singing Skills
Historical Overview
How to Teach Sight-Singing
Scheduling Time for Sight-Singing
Assessing Sight-Singing Skills
Rehearsing the Choir
Introducing a New Choral Work
Whole-Part-Whole Strategy
Directing an Efficient Rehearsal
Common Ensemble Problems
Understanding Styles and Performance Practices
Medieval Era (c. 500-1450)
Renaissance Era (c. 1450-1600)
Baroque Era (c. 1600-1750)
Classical Era (c. 1750-1825)
Romantic Era (c. 1825-1900)
Contemporary Era (c. 1900-Present)
Presenting the Performance
The Concert Program
Technical Matters
Dress Rehearsal
Conducting the Concert
Directing Other Choral Organizations
The Community or Civic Chorus
Church Choirs
Children's Choirs
Nontraditional Choirs
Optional Projects
Planning and Leading a Warm-Up Routine
Planning and Leading a Sight-Singing Exercise
Rehearsing the Choir (Microteaching)
Developing a Concert Program
Epilogue: Moving Into The Workplace
Planning for Success
Creating a Successful Student Teaching Experience
The Job SearchProfessional Growth and Development
Dealing with Stress and Burnout
Appendixes
Music Publishers and Distributors
Manufacturers of Equipment, Supplies, and Attire
Lists of Recommended Choral Repertory
Voice Class Resources
Sight-Singing Materials
Index

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