Archive | Middle School

The Winter 2017 edition of ChorTeach is now online

The winter edition of ChorTeach is now available online. Go to www.acda.org/publications, click on Choral Journal, then scroll down to ChorTeach logo. Contents: 1. A New Normal: Choral Culture as a Catalyst for Change by Sarah J. Graham 2. Preparation, Practice, Performance, and Pondering: A Different Approach to Score Preparation by Thomas Blue 3. Past, […]

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In the Middle with Mr. D.

Welcome back! Semester 2 is upon us, or rapidly approaching. It’s a great time for a tune-up of your classroom management. If you’re not already familiar, please peruse the blog of “In the Middle with Mr. D”. He’s a middle school choral educator with so much good to share. This post is especially good for […]

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The Summer 2016 edition of ChorTeach is now available

Below you’ll find the articles included in the spring edition of ChorTeach.  To read them, go to www.acda.org/publications and scroll down to ChorTeach. ChorTeach is ACDA’s online magazine for choral director/music educators who are searching for answers and need fresh ideas or techniques to meet practical needs. Contents: Teacher Self-Preservation: Tips for Preserving Your Voice by […]

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The Fall 2015 edition of ChorTeach is now available

Below you’ll find the articles included in the spring edition of ChorTeach.  To read them, go to www.acda.org/publications and scroll down to ChorTeach. ChorTeach is ACDA’s online magazine for choral director/music educators who are searching for answers and need fresh ideas or techniques to meet practical needs. Contents: All of My Singers. Correct? by Colleen Whidden […]

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3 Pieces to Consider

Autumn Gives Her Hand to Winter – SAB, piano Keith Loftis Pavane Publishing P1492 Set in b minor, this could be a nice piece for your 7-8 mixed group – lovely melody, artful, appealing text, and decent part-writing that facilitates success for your students. The piano accompaniment is appealing but not terribly difficult. Duermete Mi […]

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Choral Opportunities: MMEA 2015 Conference

by Faith Lueth, MMEA Liaison The 2015 conference for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (March 19-21 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center) has much to offer choral musicians. There are three days packed with a variety of choral offerings that include informative sessions, insightful rehearsals, and performances. The conductor for this year’s All-State Chorus is Rollo Dilworth. […]

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The Care and Preservation of the Voice

by Tony Thornton, MassACDA President-Elect As conductors and singers, we work very hard over a period of weeks to prepare for performance. Concert week may include additional rehearsals and certainly a dress rehearsal. This added stress can cause the immune system to weaken, making the body susceptible to illness; it would be a pity to […]

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Giving Voice to Female Conductors and Composers

by Lindsay Pope, Women’s Choirs Chair This past fall, I attended a conductors and composers forum at a nearby college. When it was time for the students to pose questions, one student remarked, “I am an aspiring composer. I cannot help but notice that of this entire panel, everyone save one composer is male. What […]

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Why can’t we do songs we KNOW?

by Abby Frost, Middle School Choirs Chair I know you’ve heard it a thousand times, friends: “Mrs. Frost, can we PLEASE do songs we know? You know, cool ones.” Breaks your heart, right? You want your students to sing the highest standards of the choral repertoire at an All-State level. You want them to have […]

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