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Syllabus for graduate choral literature

Northeast Missouri State University
MUSI 696-Fall 1995
2 hrs. credit, section 01
M, W 9:30 - 10:20
Instructor: Paul Crabb

DESCRIPTION: A concentrated study of choral and vocal literature
with emphasis on choral and solo methods which especially apply
to the classroom.

1. To explore and develop techniques for healthy vocal habits in
young singers (unchanged, changing, and changed voices)
2. To develop and define criteria for choosing quality solo & choral
3. To create a practical bibliography specifically related to music
of the different historical periods
4. To examine and apply appropriate performance practice to music
of the different historical periods
5. To be able to walk into a new position, evaluate the situation,
and prepare to build/continue a successful music program
6. To be able to construct choral programs (for performances)
with music appropriate for ensembles of various ages and levels
of ability.
7. To be able to cite sources containing quality solo literature
for young voices (or sources which tell you where you can find
quality solo literature for young voices.
8. To observe music classes in a school for a minimum of four
hours total (completed by Thanksgiving break).
9. To attain skills and to be sensitized to communicating with
people in ways to assist your goals for your program.

OTHER POTENTIAL TOPICS (depending on time and interest):
*Organizing a choral library
*Sight Singing
*Classroom control (discipline)
*American music education, past and present
*music curriculum development in Jr. and Sr. High
*familiarization with several works from standard
oratorio repertoire


1. Regular attendance in class. One absence will be allowed without
penalty. More than one absence may affect your grade (negatively).
2. Classroom presentations of bibliography and assigned topic(s).
3. Selection of repertoire for various choral programs as assigned.
4. Your ability to evaluate choral/vocal literature using the criteria
discussed in class.
5. Your personal contributions (as assigned during the term) to our
collected bibliography lists.
6. A (minimum) two-page report detailing reactions to your
classroom observations.
7. Mid-term exam OR 9-10 page term paper. Topic of paper is your
choice but needs to be approved by instructor.
8. Written final exam.
9. If desired, students may substitute the mid-term exam OR term
paper with a special project of their choice. Requirement would be
that the project be of interest to the student and be specifically
applicable to the student's purpose of study.

(All three books listed below are on reserve in Pickler)
Required Text:
Roe, Paul F. CHORAL MUSIC EDUCATION. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs:
Prentice- Hall, Inc., 1983.
Recommended Text:
Decker, Harold and Herford, Julius. CHORAL CONDUCTING:
A SYMPOSIUM. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1973.

Garretson, Robert L. CONDUCTING CHORAL MUSIC. 6th ed.
Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1988.


1. Synopsis of Library of Congress Music Cataloging
Classifications (optional)

2. An Interview with Weston Noble (CJ Dec. 1991)

3. An Interview with Helen Kemp (CJ Nov. 1989)

4. Male Changing Voice (CJ Dec. 1981)

5. C. Archibeque's Rehearsal Philosophy

6. Building the School Music Curriculum

7. Choral Audition Card

8. Choral Library Repertoire Card

9. Bibliography List (Pickler and Crabb's); selections to be
assigned for class presentation and handouts

10. Music Periodical List from Pickler

11. Repertoire Lists:
a. Preheim-by period, for Male, Female, and Mixed Choirs
b. Kemp-Children's Choir
c. J. Krehbiel-Middle School & Jr. High Mixed
d. J. Krehbiel-Elementary Children's Choir
e. J. Krehbiel-Jr. High (Various Voicings)
f. Berquist-Suitable anthems for combined Children & Adult Choirs
g. Repertoire for small church/synagogue choir; and treble literature
(sacred and secular)
h. J&B Music Sales-Jr. High: unison, 2-pt., men's, mixed
i. Literature in Review for Female Choir, vols. I and II; A. Skoog

12. Criteria for Selection of Choral Music (Ehret)

13. Application of Dalcroze to Choral Rehearsal. Henke (CJ Dec. 1984)

14. Rob's Rep List (optional)

15. Marilyn Motley's rep list

16. Female Changing Voice

17. Sample Programs

18. Choral Repertoire: A Director's Checklist

19. Teaching using Kodaly Approach (optional)