I'm a Choir Director??!: Rehearsing even the rowdiest volunteer choir and loving every minute of it.

I'm a Choir Director??!: Rehearsing even the rowdiest volunteer choir and loving every minute of it.

by Joel F Plaag

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Overview

Conducting is an act of internal acceptance. We change what we can with each of our groups, and we accept when we can't.

How do we plan a choir rehearsal? How do we keep our singers coming back? Can we create that sense of belonging that each of us felt when we joined a volunteer choir? A unique look at directing amateurs, especially church choirs, Joel Plaag's book explores refining gestures and ideas to create and grow a good volunteer choir.

Written for the non-professional choir director, I'm a Choir Director??! explores the challenges in preparing a rehearsal and the struggles of being a volunteer choir director, told by a veteran choir director. From how to plan the room, to how to conduct, to how to prepare rehearsals, Joel Plaag touches on the aspects of choir directing for the rest of us with everyday language, diagrams and stories about learning to be a better choir director.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578678771
Publisher: Joel Plaag
Publication date: 06/24/2020
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 1,243,569
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Becoming a Choir Director............................. 10

Chapter 1 In Front of the Choir........................................... 11

Chapter 2 Why We Sing............................................................ 17

Chapter 3 The Musical Connection................................... 27

PART TWO: The Mechanics of Conducting 34

Chapter 4 The Patterns............................................................ 35

Chapter 5 Conducting Different Meters......................... 44

Chapter 6 Preparation.............................................................. 57

Chapter 7 The Left Hand......................................................... 64

Chapter 8 The Baton.................................................................. 81

Chapter 9 Stops and Starts..................................................... 90

PART THREE: Preparing for Rehearsal...................................................... 102

Chapter 10 Before the First Rehearsal........................... 103

Chapter 11 Approaching a New Score............................ 115

Chapter 12 Developing the Rehearsal Plan................ 129

PART FOUR: The Rehearsal........................... 142

Chapter 13 The Warm-Up..................................................... 143

Chapter 14 In the Rehearsal................................................ 152

PART FIVE: The Rest of the Story............. 161

Chapter 15 What Else Do We Do?...................................... 162

Chapter 16 If You Build It.................................................... 172

Chapter 17 Coda........................................................................ 183

Further Reading................................................ 188

Acknowledgements........................................ 189

About the Author............................................. 193

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