- July 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm #539007
Hi! I taught high school choir (as well as strings class, keyboarding class, music appreciation, etc.) for 10 ys and was a Choralnet member at that time. I have just recently “rejoined” Choralnet. I am assistant director of a community children’s choir, founder of a small semi-professional adult choir that is just getting up and running, and singer in a community choir. Now, I am taking on a new music challenge — I will be teaching group voice class with the homeschool group with which I am affiliated.
I haven’t ever taught a class like this and I’m wondering if some seasoned voice teachers could pass on some resources that I should check out. I will be teaching one class of ages 8-11 and one of 12+. The classes will be an hour long and have 15 or fewer students in each. I have laid out the foundations I’ll be working on (the mechanics of the voice and keeping the voice healthy, posture, breath, tone/resonance, interpretation, some basic music reading/theory/sightsinging, …) and at this point I’m putting together more specifics about what I’ll be including in the weekly lessons.
I’m especially hoping to find some new (and fun, especially for the younger group) ways to teach these foundations. Websites, books, videos, etc. that might give me some new ways to approach these things would be much appreciated!July 15, 2017 at 11:04 am #539070
The best suggestion I can offer is to get a copy of “Prescriptions for Choral Excellence” by Shirlee Emmons and Constance Chase (Oxford University Press) . The authors cover every aspect of choral singing in great detail. This book is a great tool for choirs (and conductors!) at every level.
Best wishes for all your projects!August 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm #540434
The class that I’m teaching isn’t for choral students. It’s a basic voice class for kids who are interested in learning to sing. Some may want to join a choir at some point but some may want to do solos, sing in a band, be in a musical… or just sing on their own for fun.
I’m mostly looking for more “fun” ways to teach singing techniques and maybe phrases/descriptions/activities that help younger kids to “get” the physical movements/feelings needed to healthily produce the voice.
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