The Choral Director's Cookbook: Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts

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(Meredith Music Resource). This valuable collection of quick-to-read yet deeply insightful strategies is like finding expert trade secrets from around the world all placed in one easy source. With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership, and teaching, the 57 authors provide their favorite "recipes" that range from overviews of successful programs to specific topics that will inspire all levels and types of choirs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574630787
  • Publisher: Meredith Music Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     viii
About the Authors     x
The Choral Gourmet: Music Selection and Presentation     1
A Cappella Vocal Jazz in Eight-Part Harmony     3
Pedagogical Pie     5
Does Your Verbal Feedback "Nurture or Starve Your Students? Food for Thought     8
Increased Individual Learning in the Ensemble Setting through Problem Solving     10
It's All in the Ingredients: Considerations for Choosing Repertoire     12
Tasting the Text: The Missing Ingredient     14
Putting the Zest Back into Intonation: Alternatives to Simmering or Stewing in the Choral Rehearsal     16
Invitation Etiquette: The Do's of Building Choral Participation     19
Kinesthetics and Movement in the Choral Rehearsal     22
Diction al Dente: Preparing Texts "To Taste"     24
Learning About Music While Learning the Music     27
Vowel Modification for a Resonant and Healthy Tone     29
Enhancement of Choir Sound through Ensemble Spacing     31
A Recipe for Sight-Singing Success     33
How to Get Your Ensemble to Make M.U.S.I.C.     35
Soup & Salad: Improving Sight-Singing in Two Directions     37
Table of Acceptable Substitutes: Turning ScoreTerminology into Expressions     40
Eight Essential Ingredients for Preparing Choirs for Performance     41
Stocking the Shelves for a Full Cupboard of Vowels     43
Spice Up Your Warm-Ups     45
Old-Fashioned Learning-Tree Stew: Good for Building Honor, Respect, and Self-Esteem     47
Leaven to Counteract Loafing: Developing a Self-Responsible and Collaborative Choir     49
Turning Thoughts into Words: Writing to and with Your Choir     51
Superior Stew: How to Achieve Top Ratings at Choral Festivals     53
Preparing the Mind, Preparing the Ear: Developing Subvocalization Skill to Improve Intonation     55
Choir Curry: Seasoning for Success     58
The Wonderful World of Rounds: Incorporating Rounds into the Choral Rehearsal     60
A Smorgasbord of Choral Color and Sound through Artistic Visualization     62
Creating a Men's Choir in an SATB Town     65
Using a Modified Music Staff to Decode Pitch Notation     68
How to Saute a Fugue     70
Score Study: A Recipe for Success     72
Podium Freedom     74
Voix Inspiree Souffle: Developing the Individual Voice within the Ensemble     76
Add More Cooks to the Kitchen: Exploring Critical Analysis and Aesthetic Perception through Expressive Listening      78
Singers in Motion, or Stirring Up Your Rehearsals     80
Salsa Musica: Solo and Ensemble Latin-Style Improvisation     83
Breath, Space, Focus: Choral Tone Supreme     85
Tasty Morsels: Using the Internet to Spice Up Your Programs     87
Build a Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges: Programming to Make Connections     89
Bringing the Lyric to Life in Vocal Jazz     91
Tapas: Balanced Vocal and Musical Nourishment for Young Singers     93
A Well-Balanced Meal: Thoughts for Healthy Programming     95
Rehearsal Appetizers: Three Musical Skills to Tempt Your Rehearsal Tastebuds     97
Teacher Behaviors that Stimulate Student Motivation     99
It Only Takes a Get a "Choi-r" Go-ing     102
A Children's Choir Recipe for Success     104
The Perfect Blend: Every Choir Director's Dream and Goal     106
First Rehearsal: Setting the Tone of an Expressive "Ensemble"     109
Do Not Be Deflected from Your Course     112
The Oochy-Goo Express: A Recipe for Relaxed Breathing     114
Growing Pains: The Trials, Tribulations, and Eventual Success of a Recovering Perfectionist     116
Savories, Spices, and Sweets: Programming Considerations in an Increasingly Diverse Culture     118
Making a Section Rehearsal Successful     120
Serving Up the Text     122
Easy-Bake Score Study: A Simple Recipe for All Occasions     124
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