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

How many volunteer choir directors come to the podium with little to no knowledge? How many of us have been put into positions of leadership in churches, community choruses, or various choruses with little or no knowledge or experience in directing? This book is part how-to, part how-it-is, and part how-it-happens to become a better choral director, conductor, musician, and leader. Through stories of overcoming failure, learning patience, and loving the world of music, Joel Plaag's "I'm a Choir Director??!" teaches and reminds how to be the leader of the choir.    Plaag looks at the musical, the mental, and the practical part of being a good choral director with volunteers, and how to make one's way in this ever-changing field.


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: 9780578678788
Publisher: Joel Plaag
Publication date: 06/26/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 194
File size: 7 MB

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

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