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Author Wilkinson, Eric, author.

Title Habits of a successful choir director / Eric Wilkinson and Scott Rush ; with a foreword by Tim Lautzenheiser.

Publication Info. Chicago : GIA Publications, Inc., [2017]

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 Talbott: Circulating Collection  MT875.W55 H3    Available  
Description x, 242 pages : illustrations, music ; 28 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-240).
Contents Thoughts about reading this book -- Foreword -- Let's start at the very beginning. Organization - Communication - The choir handbook - Taking care of the little things - Chapter checklist -- Developing a professional mission statement. I've always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific! - Identifying strengths and weaknesses - Writing the plan - Implementing the plant -- Working with parents, principals, faculty, and statff. Working with parents - Creating a support system for the program with difficult parents - The principal/choir director relationship - Working with faculty and staff - Chapter checklist -- Managing the classroom. Classroom management pitfalls - Classroom management solutions - Training your students - The first ten days of school - Greeting the new ones - Rules, expectations, and procedures - Rehearsal plan - Preparation checklist - Chapter checklist -- The importance of the warm-up. Warm-up pitfalls - Warm-up solutions - An effective choral warm-up - Let the music making begin - Chapter checklist -- Teaching the components of singing. Posture - Breathing - Tone - Blend - Balance - Rhythm and timing - Pitch and tuning - Harmony skills - Diction - Dynamics - Phrasing and expression - Sytle - Articulation - Attacks and releases - Musical terms and symbols - Chapter checklist -- Music literacy. Music literacy pitfalls - Music literacy solutions - Music literacy overview - Pitch identification - Rhythm identification - Practice, practice, practice - Chapter checklist -- Effective rehearsal strategies. Rehearsal strategy pitfalls - Rehearsal strategy solutions - Organizing the rehearsal - Planning an effective rehearsal - Short-and long-range lesson plans - The first rehearsals - What is the song about? - Other rehearsal strategies - Chapter checklist -- Quality repertoire is the key to success. Repertoire pitfalls - Repertoire solutions - Repertoire enriches lives - Selecting appropriate repertoire - Commissioning repertoire and composing - Recommended repertoire lists - Chapter checklist -- The importance of appropriate assessment. Assessment pitfalls - Assessment solutions - What's the big idea? - Let's talk about grading set-up - Creating a safe environment for individual singing - Student performance skills (SPS) - Student musical understanding - Feedback sheets - Student-centered assessment - Chapter checklist -- Building student leadership. The difference between power and ownership - How to begin the selection process - After the selection process - Team building - Taking care of the "customers" - Ten questions and five principles - Integrity plus discipline equals success -- A myriad, plethora, and cornucopia of other things necessary for success. Creating a sense of identity in your program - Starting a booster organization - Fundraising - Traveling and the "five P's" - Schoolwide scheduling - Technology in the choir room - Private lessons - T-shirts and other apparel - Chapter checklist -- Continuing education and professional development. Your work has just begun - Get involved: serve, present, and perform - Self-study and reflection - Stay involved in your craft - Share professional goals with your students - Chapter checklist -- Work and quality-of-life issues. Four areas of focus - A famouis football coach - Your action steps - Final thoughts -- Acknowledgments -- Appendices. Appendix A. Life of a choir director - Appendix B. Timeline for the academic year - Appendix C. The choir handbook - Appendix D. Parent profile form - Appendix E. Solfège hand signs chart - Appendix F. Teaching inventory chart - Appendix G. Music diagnostic test - Appendix H. Rubics - Appendix I. Additional harmonic progressions and minor scale exercises. -- References -- About the authors.
Summary "Habits of a Successful Choir Director presents effective teaching principles and provides a practical approach to everyday issues choir directors face. Building on the successful Habits series, Eric Wilkinson and Scott Rush have created a practical guide to all aspects of a successful choral program...This is a comprehensive book that will exponentially inspire as teaching skills grow. It will serve as a constant and essential companion throughout the career of any choir director" -- Back cover.
Subject Choral music -- Instruction and study.
Choral conductors.
Choral conductors.
Choral music -- Instruction and study.
Added Author Rush, Scott, 1964- author.
Lautzenheiser, Tim, writer of foreword.
ISBN 9781622772308
Music No. G-9416 GIA Publications, Inc.
9416 GIA Publications, Inc.