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 Fall 2017 issue, available for download here. The annotated ChorTeach index has also been updated. Click here to view. Email editor Terry Barham at for submissions or questions.
Teaching Habits of Mind in Youth Choirs: Adapting A Mind-set for Learning to Enhance the Choral Experience by Lindsey Blackhurst
Using as a framework the ideas provided by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz in their guide for the elementary classroom teacher, this article discusses practical implementation to fostering a mind-set of learning within a choral ensemble.
Preparing for the First Rehearsal: A Guide for Choral Conductors by Timothy Mount
Careful planning and mindful techniques are the foundation of a productive rehearsal. The author of this article shares keys to efficient choral rehearsals, using Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 as a sample guide.
Reconsidering the Use of Metaphor in Choral Rehearsals by Brian Winnie
This article examines how a director’s use of imagery and metaphor in the choral rehearsal can cause confusion and produce unintended problems. Approaches for clearer phrasing are suggested.
From the Treble Choir to the Treble Choir to the Treble Choir! by Amanda Sprague Hanzlik
The author of this article shares her personal reflection of her musical journey from joining the middle school treble choir as a young seventh-grader to later directing a middle school treble honor choir.