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. The annotated ChorTeach index has also been updated. Click here to view. Email editor Terry Barham at firstname.lastname@example.org for submissions or questions.
“End-of-the-Year Activities in the Music Classroom” by Andrew Bruhn
In this article the author offers ideas for keeping the end of the school year positive and successful for middle and high school students, keeping things fun while remaining musically focused.
“Singing in a Chorus—Do’s and Don’ts for Church or Community Chorus Members” by Stephanie A. Henry
This short article provides practical suggestions for singers who wish to be successful in their choirs.
“Changing the Expressionless Faces that Sing in Your Choirs” by Micah Bland
Many choirs are fulfilling to hear but uninspiring to watch. This article discusses the importance of visual expressiveness in musical performance citing recent research and offering movement exercises to incorporate into warm-ups and rehearsals.
“Moving Toward More Progressive Choral Music Teacher Education Programs” by Jeffrey A. Murdock
The author of this article provides a sample course of study for choral music educators of the twenty-first century that teaches musicianship and builds on teaching practices that will enhance future success of course graduates.
“Considering Choral Competition—Perspectives on Motivation” by David W. Langley and Shannon Jeffreys
For this article, three choral directors offer differing viewpoints on the topic of choral competition. Both benefits and negatives of attending adjudicated choral festivals and competitions are discussed in an effort to help directors refine their philosophy concerning choral competition.