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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"While Sound Advice clearly states that its intended audience is those who work with treble voice choirs, the ideas in this excellent book would be a valuable resource...for those working with community, high school and university choirs as well. ... Sound Advice is a well-written, organized resource. ... This book should be recommended reading for any musician who has the responsibility and privilege of working with children's choirs.—The Recorder, the Journal for the Ontario Music Educators Association

"Bartle uses her words to elevate the teaching of choral music to an art; this facilitates her invitation for readers to manipulate the book's more practical information to fit the parameters of their own teaching situations. Some of the book's strengths are clarity of purpose, a lack of visual clutter, and a positive energy that gives readers confidence without telling them exactly what to do. . . . Jean Ashworth Bartle has produced a text that is filled with advice both accessible and applicable for children's choir directors everywhere. Directors in public schools will find as much helpful content as directors of community choruses. . . . This text should be recommended reading for all choral directors and music teachers, regardless of the types of ensembles they conduct. Sound Advice provides a rare opportunity to see how this master teacher's philosophy is reflected in her pedagogy."—Choral Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195141788
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Ashworth Bartle is the Founder/Music Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Formative Years 5
2 Training Eight- to Fourteen-Year-Old Children to Sing 15
3 Checklist for Ideal Rehearsals and Preparation for Complete Artistic Performances 33
4 Developing Literacy 46
5 Discipline 59
6 The Importance of Organization 66
7 The Audition Process: Know Your Children, Your Parents, and Your Community 76
8 Things They Didn't Teach You at Music School 86
9 Conducting an Orchestra 97
10 Preparing the Children to Sing a Major Work with Orchestra 105
11 Recording, Commissioning, and Touring 132
12 From the Children 145
App. 1 Warm-up Vocal Exercises 151
App. 2 Audition Form 159
App. 3 Sample Programs from Toronto Children's Chorus 162
App. 4A Criteria for Choosing Repertoire Appropriate for Children 182
App. 4B Repertoire Lists for Toronto Children's Chorus 188
App. 5A Concepts to Be Learned by the End of Training Choir I, Training Choir II, and Training Choir III 202
App. 5B Memos for the First Four Rehearsals 204
App. 6 Sight-Singing Curriculum Outline for the Toronto Children's Chorus 225
App. 7 Rounds All Children Should Know 229
App. 8 Treble Choir Repertoire with Orchestral Accompaniment 233
App. 9 Repertoire Recommended List 242
App. 10 Toronto Children's Chorus Compact Discs 249
App. 11 The Seating Plan 255
App. 12 Examples of Four-Measure Sight-Reading Passages 257
App. 13 Transposing and Nontransposing Instruments 259
Bibliography 261
Index 265
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