ChorTeach is ACDA’s quarterly online magazine for choral directors and music educators. The articles in each issue are gleaned from ACDA state and division newsletters and from submissions. ChorTeach is specifically designed for those who work with amateur singers and are looking for practical material to apply to classrooms and rehearsals.
Below is a preview of the articles in the current issue, available for download here. Email editor Terry Barham at firstname.lastname@example.org for submissions or questions.
The Shy Non-Singer—Elementary Teachers, Take Note!
by Michele Hobizal
How do you encourage shy singers to develop strong singing voices? This article offers practical activities and suggestions for vocal exploration that will turn even the shyest singer into one who auditions for next year’s school musical.
Making the Connection between Music and Text
by Sandy Hinkley
This article provides teaching strategies you can utilize for helping singers at all levels with their music and literacy through techniques such as music and vocabulary, and strategies to use before, during, and after reading. A list of suggested resources is also available.
by Paul French
Learn what the phrase “just intonation” means and how to apply it to your teaching. This explanation is based on a lecture-demonstration the author attended featuring Don Brinegar.
Why Every Conductor Should Teach Music Appreciation
by Daniel David Black
Music appreciation is often regarded by choral conductors as an undesirable course both for teachers and the students themselves. This article lists three reasons why teaching music appreciation can be interesting to students while actually helping your own program to grow and thrive.