Sound Advice: Becoming a Better Children's Choir Conductor / Edition 1

Sound Advice: Becoming a Better Children's Choir Conductor / Edition 1

by Jean Ashworth Bartle
     
 

Sound Advice is a valuable resource for college students, beginning teachers, and experienced conductors of children's choirs. It covers the vast array of skills needed by today's conductor and will benefit all choir directors who want their choirs to reach a higher level of artistry.
This book will be useful on many levels: for the college student studying

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Overview

Sound Advice is a valuable resource for college students, beginning teachers, and experienced conductors of children's choirs. It covers the vast array of skills needed by today's conductor and will benefit all choir directors who want their choirs to reach a higher level of artistry.
This book will be useful on many levels: for the college student studying the child voice and elementary teaching methods; for the teacher beginning to direct choirs in schools, synagogues, churches and communities; for experienced children's choir directors who wish to know more about orchestral repertoire for treble voices, conducting an orchestra, and preparing a children's choir to sing a major work with a professional orchestra.
The underlying educational philosophy is sound; the author sees development of musicianship through singing as the primary goal of a children's choir program. This philosophy differs dramatically from the traditional concept of the conductor as all-knowing and the singers as receptacles. An outstanding aspect of the book is how the author leads the reader to an understanding of how to teach musicianship. Developing literacy in the choral setting is a mysterious, amorphous process to many conductors, but the author clearly outlines this important process with practical suggestions, well-documented examples, and a clear reading style which will reach readers on many levels. The comprehensive repertoire, skill-building sheets, and programs for all types of children's choirs will provide teachers with immediate and highly valuable resources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195141788
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/06/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction3
1The Formative Years5
2Training Eight- to Fourteen-Year-Old Children to Sing15
3Checklist for Ideal Rehearsals and Preparation for Complete Artistic Performances33
4Developing Literacy46
5Discipline59
6The Importance of Organization66
7The Audition Process: Know Your Children, Your Parents, and Your Community76
8Things They Didn't Teach You at Music School86
9Conducting an Orchestra97
10Preparing the Children to Sing a Major Work with Orchestra105
11Recording, Commissioning, and Touring132
12From the Children145
App. 1Warm-up Vocal Exercises151
App. 2Audition Form159
App. 3Sample Programs from Toronto Children's Chorus162
App. 4ACriteria for Choosing Repertoire Appropriate for Children182
App. 4BRepertoire Lists for Toronto Children's Chorus188
App. 5AConcepts to Be Learned by the End of Training Choir I, Training Choir II, and Training Choir III202
App. 5BMemos for the First Four Rehearsals204
App. 6Sight-Singing Curriculum Outline for the Toronto Children's Chorus225
App. 7Rounds All Children Should Know229
App. 8Treble Choir Repertoire with Orchestral Accompaniment233
App. 9Repertoire Recommended List242
App. 10Toronto Children's Chorus Compact Discs249
App. 11The Seating Plan255
App. 12Examples of Four-Measure Sight-Reading Passages257
App. 13Transposing and Nontransposing Instruments259
Bibliography261
Index265

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