Middle School Choral Prgram
Date: November 18, 2013
I am the new vocal music director at a local high school. When I was hired I was tasked with growing the program. It did not take long to identify the greatest obstacle to my program faces. In middle school, the choir program is relegated to a rotation with other encore areas. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes have nine weeks of choir each year. The two middle schools do have "select choir" that meet before or after school. This makes requiting very difficult. We want to approach the administration w=of the school with a proposal to change the program to be more like those very successful programs around us in other schools. 6th grade would meet every other day and an exploratory class. And 7th and 8th grades would meet everyday for the whole year. What I am looking for is research to support this kind of program, not only related to the middle schools, but how it is beneficial to the high school program, plus the over all effect on students in general. Thanks for any help that can be given.
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