Directing the Choral Music Program / Edition 1

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Directing the Choral Music Program is a comprehensive introduction to developing and managing choral music programs from elementary through high-school and adult levels. Designed primarily as a choral methods text for the undergraduate music education curriculum, it is also useful for choral directors in schools, churches, and communities. Broad in scope and practical in orientation, the book is structured around three basic units: the administrative process, rehearsal and performance planning, and choral techniques. In addition to core topics--including recruitment and auditioning, classroom management, vocal development, and curriculum and performance planning--it features many subjects not covered in other texts, such as student discipline, philosophy of choral music education, and the history of choral conducting. The author also presents material on directing show choirs and musicals; organizing choir tours, festivals, and contests; working with adolescent singers; and teaching sight-reading skills.
Directing the Choral Music Program incorporates study and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, numerous illustrations and musical examples, and a variety of class projects throughout. The appendixes offer helpful lists of music publishers and distributors; manufacturers of equipment, supplies, and attire; recommended choral repertory; voice class resources; and sight-singing materials. Grounded in the author's extensive experience in directing choirs at all levels, this book combines practical methods with a research base, providing readers with a solid foundation for a career in choral directing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195132823
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/4/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 189,265
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon College
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Table of Contents

Each chapter includes Study and Discussion Questions and References.
1. Becoming a Choral Music Director
The Professional Choral Music Educator
Qualifications for the Choral Conductor
Historical Perspectives
Future Directions
2. 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
3. Promoting and Recruiting for Choral Success
Building a Public Relations Program
The Choir Newsletter
Recruiting Choristers
Using Standardized Tests
4. Planning and Building the Choral Program
The Master Schedule
Designing the Choral Curriculum
Auditioning the Singers
Guidelines for Voice Classification
5. Processing the Flow of Information
Written Communication
Evaluating and Reporting Achievement
Lesson Planning
Informing Others
6. Managing the Choral Program
Budgetary Procedures
Music Supplies, Equipment, and Concert Attire
The Choral Music Library
Rewards to Stimulate Pride and Motivation
Unit 1. Optional Projects
A Rationale for Teaching Music
Preparing Promotion Materials
Choral Auditioning
Lesson Planning
7. Working with Adolescent Singers
The Nature of Adolescents
The Female Voice Change
The Male Voice Change
Appropriate Part Voicings
8. Planning for Discipline and Choir Conduct
Attributes of Good Teaching
Four Modes of Discipline
Basic Rules, Consequences, and Enlisting Help
Guidelines for Classroom Management
9. Choosing the Music
Guidelines for Choosing Quality Choral Literature
Locating Quality Choral Literature
Programming Objectives
Programming Sacred Music in the Schools
10. Preparing the Choral Rehearsal and Music
The Rehearsal Schedule
The Rehearsal Format
Preparing the Music
Placement of Singers
11. Organizing Performances
Concert Preparation
Choir Tours
Choral Festivals
12. Popular Music Presentations
Broadway Musical Productions
Swing Choirs
Show Choirs
Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Selected Bibliography for Broadway Musical Productions
Unit 2. Optional Projects
Code of Conduct
Show Choir Choreography
Choral Rehearsal Observation
13. Vocal Development, Part 1
Posture Development
Breath Management: Breathing Motion
Breath Management: Control
Breath Management: Support
14. Vocal Development, Part 2
Vocal Registers
Resonant Tone Production
15. Energizing the Choral Warm-Up
Energize the Body
Energize the Breath
Energize the Ear
Energize the Voice
Vocal Skills Development Outline: Energizing the Warm-Up
16. Teaching Sight-Singing Skills
Historical Overview
How to Teach Sight-Singing
Scheduling Time for Sight-Singing
Assessing Sight-Singing Skills
17. Rehearsing the Choir
Introducing a New Choral Work
Whole-Part-Whole Strategy
Directing an Efficient Rehearsal
Common Ensemble Problems
18. 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)
19. Presenting the Performance
The Concert Program
Technical Matters
Dress Rehearsal
Conducting the Concert
20. Directing Other Choral Organizations
The Community or Civic Chorus
Church Choirs
Children's Choirs
Nontraditional Choirs
Unit 3. Optional Projects
Planning and Leading a Warm-Up Routine
Planning and Leading a Sight-Singing Exercise
Rehearsing the Choir (Microteaching)
Developing a Concert Program
21. Planning for Success, Eugene F. Bechen
Creating a Successful Student Teaching Experience
The Job Search
Professional Growth and Development
Dealing with Stress and Burnout
A. Music Publishers and Distributors
B. Manufacturers of Equipment, Supplies, and Attire
C. Lists of Recommended Choral Repertory
D. Voice Class Resources
E. Sight-Singing Materials

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