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- April 3, 2016 at 7:25 pm #512484alanacembalaParticipant
I’m looking for suggestions and/or input on how someone who has served primarily as accompanist and assistant with sectional rehearsals can transition successfully into a high school or middle school choral director. Most of my teaching experience has been at the K-6 level, and I have all 3 levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification. I do not have the vocal technique and vocal pedagogy background that most all other choral teachers have. Is it possible to move beyond the role of accompanist/assistant and what resources would you recommend to someone considering this opportunity?
A. RutledgeApril 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm #513022Michael A. GrayParticipant
We love people who want to teach choir; we totally relate. Obviously, someone believes in your music skills so much that they are offering you a job for which you don’t feel completely qualified. Unfortunately, the insecurities you expressed are NOT going to go away in rehearsal. Your qualms are justified when it comes to vocal pedagogy. Without this intimate understanding, you will be totally lost half the time (esp. in Middle School)! Thank the people who offered you the job; explain the problem. And, if you really want to teach, consider getting the training; an accompanist who can teach voice is an awesome combination!
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
graymichael.comApril 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm #513501Evan IngallsParticipant
I started teaching choir in a private school this year, when my only experience was singing in choirs, taking voice lessons, taking conducting classes, and music directing at a children’s theatre.
The transition has been rough, but very rewarding! If you do pursue this, talk to everyone you know who has more experience in teaching, and get their advice. And find the many many resources in books and online. This website itself is a treasure trove!
With your experience and certification, you would have something I didn’t have going in: experience with classroom management. HUGE! Take voice lessons yourself to get vocal technique. Watch other choir directors. In person, or even on youtube!
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