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Choral Music Methods and Materials

ISBN-10: 1133599664
ISBN-13: 9781133599661
Edition: 2nd 2014
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Description: This essential text provides choral music educators with a well-organized, practical introduction to directing choirs and managing choral programs at the middle-school through high-school level. It offers step-by-step advice on designing and  More...

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Book details

List price: $170.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

This essential text provides choral music educators with a well-organized, practical introduction to directing choirs and managing choral programs at the middle-school through high-school level. It offers step-by-step advice on designing and administering a choral program, from curricula to repertoire to performance, and helps instructors develop a personal philosophy of music education.

Barbara A. Brinson is an associate professor of Music Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she directs the University Chorus, Women's Choir, and teaches choral conducting, choral methods, and foundations courses. Dr. Brinson served for 14 years on the music faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and taught choral and general music in the Georgia public schools for 10 years at the elementary through high-school levels. She has directed choirs at all levels in both schools and churches. Brinson has served as director of the Intermediate Choir of the Chautauqua Children's Chorale; held the position of Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Youth and Student Activities for New York American Choral Directors Association (NYACDA); and served on the editorial staff of the Journal of Research in Music Teacher Education. She has written articles for publications such as the Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and General Music Today. A frequent clinician at conventions, conferences, and schools, she also is very active as a guest conductor and as an adjudicator at choral festivals. Her professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, ACDA, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda and NYSSMA. Dr. Brinson received her Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee, an M.Ed. in Music Education from Columbus State University, and a B.M. in Music Education from Wesleyan College.

Steven M. Demorest is a professor of Music Education at the University of Washington, where he conducts the Men's Glee Club and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music methods, research methods, and the psychology of music. In 2007, he received the Weston H. Noble award for outstanding contributions to choral music from Luther College, his alma mater. He is the author of Building Choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal, published by Oxford University Press, and the editor of a series of lectures by Weston Noble, Creating the Special World, published by GIA. Dr. Demorest's research interests include singing accuracy, sight-singing pedagogy, cross-cultural musical understanding, and the application of neuroimaging techniques to music research. His scholarly work has been published in Music Perception, NeuroImage, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and many other publications. A nationally known clinician, he has lectured at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference, The Music Educators National Conference, and at many state and regional ACDA and MENC conferences. Dr. Demorest holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a B.A. in music from Luther College.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Meaning and Value of Choral Music
What Do You Believe?
Creating Your Philosophy of Choral Music Education
Important Questions to Ask
Communicating the Value of Music Education
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Recruitment and Retention of Singers
Motivation to Sing
Recruitment Strategies
Recruiting Boys for Choral Ensembles
Retention Strategies
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Designing Your Choral Program
Which Choirs Should Be Offered?
Scheduling Choir
Auditions and Vocal Evaluations
Seating Arrangements and Voice Placement
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Choral Curriculum and Assessment
Developing a Choral Curriculum
The National Standards for Arts Education
Assessment
Grading
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Repertoire
Selection of Repertoire
Balancing Your Repertoire Choices
Where to Find Music
When to Order Music
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Programming and Producing Concerts
Tips for Balanced Programming
Programming Ideas
Sample Programs
Producing a Concert
Summary
Mini-Projects
Additional Reading
Group Vocal Techniques
The Choir Director as Group Vocal Instructor
The Vocal Warm-up
Customizing Exercises
Presenting Warm-ups to Your Choir
Good Vocal Hygiene
Summary
Mini-Projects
Additional Reading
The Changing Voice
Signs of Change
Female Voice Change
Male Voice Change
Voice Classification
Quick Placement Procedure for Boys
Training the Changing Voice
Choosing Music for Changing Voices
Sample Music
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Building Musicianship Skills
Sight-singing
Sight-singing Materials
The Sight-singing Curriculum
Assessing Sight-singing
Integrating Sight-singing Into the Rehearsal
Additional Choral Musicianship Skills
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Analyzing and Preparing the Score
Preparing the Music
Score Analysis
Marking the Score
Refining Your Vision
Summary
Mini-Projects
Additional Reading
Books on Diction
Planning the Rehearsal
Studying the Music
Shaping a Rehearsal
Sample Rehearsal Plan
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Rehearsing the Choir
A Rehearsal, Step by Step
Effective Rehearsal Techniques
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Managing the Choral Classroom
Whom Are You Teaching?
Preventive Discipline
Techniques to Create a Positive Environment
Bullying
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Small Ensembles and Musical Theater
Small Ensembles
Musical Theater
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Administering the Choral Program
Teacher Burnout
Parent Organizations
Student Leadership
Budget
Choral Library
Classroom Equipment
Technology in the Classroom
Performance Attire
Fund-Raising
Tours and Travel
Awards
Summary
Mini-Projects
References
Additional Reading
Building Your Career
Preparation to Student Teach
Your First Teaching Job
The Job Search
On the Job
Continuing Your Education for a Lifetime
Final Thoughts
Reference
Additional Reading
Index

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