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Directing the Choral Music Program

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9/4/2003
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OXFORD UNIV PR
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Directing the Choral Music Program is a comprehensive introduction to developing and managing choral music programs from elementary through high-school and adult levels. Designed primarily as a choral methods text for the undergraduate music education curriculum, it is also useful for choraldirectors in schools, churches, and communities. Broad in scope and practical in orientation, the book is structured around three basic units: the administrative process, rehearsal and performance planning, and choral techniques. In addition to core topics--including recruitment and auditioning,classroom management, vocal development, and curriculum and performance planning--it features many subjects not covered in other texts, such as student discipline, philosophy of choral music education, and the history of choral conducting. The author also presents material on directing show choirsand musicals; organizing choir tours, festivals, and contests; working with adolescent singers; and teaching sight-reading skills. Directing the Choral Music Program incorporates study and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, numerous illustrations and musical examples, and a variety of class projects throughout. The appendixes offer helpful lists of music publishers and distributors; manufacturers ofequipment, supplies, and attire; recommended choral repertory; voice class resources; and sight-singing materials. Grounded in the author's extensive experience in directing choirs at all levels, this book combines practical methods with a research base, providing readers with a solid foundation fora career in choral directing.

Table of Contents

Preface x
1 CHORAL ADMINISTRATION
1 Becoming a Choral Music Director
1(19)
The Professional Choral Music Educator
1(1)
Qualifications for the Choral Conductor
2(2)
Historical Perspectives
4(13)
Future Directions
17(1)
Study and Discussion Questions
18(1)
References
18(2)
2 Developing a Philosophy for the Music Program
20(11)
The National Standards
20(1)
Advocacy for Music in the Schools
21(4)
Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Values
25(3)
A Rationale for Music Education
28(1)
Study and Discussion Questions
28(1)
References
29(2)
3 Promoting and Recruiting for Choral Success
31(18)
Building a Public Relations Program
31(7)
The Choir Newsletter
38(3)
Recruiting Choristers
41(3)
Using Standardized Tests
44(3)
Study and Discussion Questions
47(1)
References
48(1)
4 Planning and Building the Choral Program
49(18)
The Master Schedule
49(3)
Designing the Choral Curriculum
52(8)
Auditioning the Singers
60(3)
Guidelines for Voice Classification
63(2)
Study and Discussion Questions
65(1)
References
66(1)
5 Processing the Flow of Information
67(22)
Written Communication
67(4)
Evaluating and Reporting Achievement
71(11)
Lesson Planning
82(2)
Informing Others
84(3)
Study and Discussion Questions
87(1)
References
87(2)
6 Managing the Choral Program
89(18)
Budgetary Procedures
89(4)
Music Supplies, Equipment, and Concert Attire
93(4)
The Choral Music Library
97(4)
Rewards to Stimulate Pride and Motivation
101(4)
Study and Discussion Questions
105(1)
References
106(1)
Unit 1 Optional Projects
107(1)
A Rationale for Teaching Music
107(1)
Preparing Promotion Materials
107(1)
Choral Auditioning
107(1)
Lesson Planning
107(1)
2 REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE PLANNING
7 Working with Adolescent Singers
108(24)
The Nature of Adolescents
109(2)
The Female Voice Change
111(3)
The Male Voice Change
114(4)
Appropriate Part Voicings
118(11)
Study and Discussion Questions
129(1)
References
129(3)
8 Planning for Discipline and Choir Conduct
132(15)
Attributes of Good Teaching
132(3)
Four Modes of Discipline
135(4)
Basic Rules, Consequences, and Enlisting Help
139(3)
Guidelines for Classroom Management
142(3)
Study and Discussion Questions
145(1)
References
146(1)
9 Choosing the Music
147(11)
Guidelines for Choosing Quality Choral Literature
147(3)
Locating Quality Choral Literature
150(2)
Programming Objectives
152(2)
Programming Sacred Music in the Schools
154(2)
Study and Discussion Questions
156(1)
References
157(1)
10 Preparing the Choral Rehearsal and Music
158(25)
The Rehearsal Schedule
158(2)
The Rehearsal Format
160(4)
Preparing the Music
164(11)
Placement of Singers
175(6)
Study and Discussion Questions
181(1)
References
182(1)
11 Organizing Performances
183(17)
Concert Preparation
183(6)
Choir Tours
189(4)
Choral Festivals
193(3)
Competitions
196(2)
Study and Discussion Questions
198(1)
References
198(2)
12 Popular Music Presentations
200(21)
Broadway Musical Productions
200(10)
Swing Choirs
210(2)
Show Choirs
212(5)
Vocal Jazz Ensembles
217(1)
Study and Discussion Questions
218(1)
References
219(1)
Selected Bibliography for Broadway Musical Productions
220(1)
Unit 2 Optional Projects
221(1)
Code of Conduct
221(1)
Show Choir Choreography
221(1)
Choral Rehearsal Observation
221(1)
3 CHORAL TECHNIQUES
13 Vocal Development, Part 1
222(14)
Posture Development
223(6)
Breath Management: Breathing Motion
229(1)
Breath Management: Control
230(2)
Breath Management: Support
232(2)
Study and Discussion Questions
234(1)
References
235(1)
14 Vocal Development, Part 2
236(18)
Vocal Registers
236(2)
Resonant Tone Production
238(4)
Diction
242(7)
Expression
249(3)
Study and Discussion Questions
252(1)
References
253(1)
15 Energizing the Choral Warm-Up
254(24)
Energize the Body
254(2)
Energize the Breath
256(3)
Energize the Ear
259(3)
Energize the Voice
262(13)
Summary
275(1)
Study and Discussion Questions
276
Vocal Skills Development Outline: Energizing the Warm-Up
275(1)
References
276(2)
16 Teaching Sight-Singing Skills
278(17)
Historical Overview
278(7)
How to Teach Sight-Singing
285(4)
Scheduling Time for Sight-Singing
289(1)
Assessing Sight-Singing Skills
290(3)
Study and Discussion Questions
293(1)
References
294(1)
17 Rehearsing the Choir
295(20)
Introducing a New Choral Work
296(5)
Whole-Part-Whole Strategy
301(4)
Directing an Efficient Rehearsal
305(4)
Common Ensemble Problems
309(4)
Study and Discussion Questions
313(1)
References
313(2)
18 Understanding Styles and Performance Practices
315(16)
Medieval Era (c. 500-1450)
315(2)
Renaissance Era (c. 1450-1600)
317(2)
Baroque Era (c. 1600-1750)
319(3)
Classical Era (c. 1750-1825)
322(2)
Romantic Era (c. 1825-1900)
324(2)
Contemporary Era (c. 1900-Present)
326(2)
Study and Discussion Questions
328(1)
References
329(2)
19 Presenting the Performance
331(17)
The Concert Program
331(8)
Technical Matters
339(1)
Dress Rehearsal
340(3)
Conducting the Concert
343(4)
Study and Discussion Questions
347(1)
References
347(1)
20 Directing Other Choral Organizations
348(20)
The Community or Civic Chorus
348(4)
Church Choirs
352(4)
Children's Choirs
356(4)
Nontraditional Choirs
360(3)
Study and Discussion Questions
363(1)
References
364(2)
Unit 3 Optional Projects
366(1)
Planning and Leading a Warm-Up Routine
366(1)
Planning and Leading a Sight-Singing Exercise
366(1)
Rehearsing the Choir (Microteaching)
366(1)
Developing a Concert Program
366(2)
EPILOGUE MOVING INTO THE WORKPLACE
21 Planning for Success
368(16)
Eugene F. Bechen
Creating a Successful Student Teaching Experience
368(5)
The Job Search
373(3)
Professional Growth and Development
376(1)
Dealing with Stress and Burnout
377(4)
Study and Discussion Questions
381(1)
References
382(2)
Appendix A. Music Publishers and Distributors 384(7)
Appendix B. Manufacturers of Equipment, Supplies, and Attire 391(1)
Appendix C. Lists of Recommended Choral Repertory 392(21)
Appendix D. Voice Class Resources 413(1)
Appendix E. Sight-Singing Materials 414(2)
Index 416


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