Advice/Tips for a Brand New Choral Teacher (Junior/Senior High)
Date: August 24, 2014
I am a brand new teacher just about to begin my first year as a choral teacher for Junior/Senior High (Grades 7-12). I will be directing 9 different choirs throughout the school year. I have already selected all of the repertoire I would like to attempt with the choirs (mostly 2 and 3 part) but I am looking for some tips and advice from experienced choral directors on what you have found to work well in regards to long-term planning, grading, assignments, and structuring rehearsals. My goal is to teach all of the students solfege, and I hope to spend a portion of each rehearsal on developing their sight-reading skills. I am also hoping to try to include a choral journal as an assessment tool for the junior choirs (grade 7/8) in which they will be required to reflect on rehearsals/repertoire and individual goals/challenges/successes faced throughout the semester.
I am looking for some ideas for fun assignments, tips for staying organized with SO many choirs, and any general comments or tips you might have for me as a new choral teacher! Thank you in advance for your time and for your feedback!
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