The Choral Division’s annual Choral Arts Seminar is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at USC’s School of Music. ACDA President Tom Shelton of Westminster Choir College will be our clinician. We’ll offer two general sessions and choral reading sessions. Pecknel Music will offer reading packets for loan or for purchase and will feature additional choral music resources for purchase. Saturday’s schedule will conclude with the division’s fall business meeting.
Getting Out of the Rut: Ideas for Introducing a New Song to Young Singers
We all have our individual teaching styles when introducing new music. Sometimes we lose our creativity, fall into a “rut,” and introduce new songs the same way every time. This session will explore creative ways to introduce a new song to young singers; focusing on multiple learning styles (aural, visual, kinesthetic) and incorporating musical literacy. Each participant will receive a packet of six songs appropriate for children’s choirs in school, community, and church settings. Each piece will be introduced in a different way, using warm-ups, sight-reading exercises, games, and movement activities.
Strategies for Working with the Male Changing Voice
This session will offer strategies for working with the male changing voice. Topics include: matching pitch, vocal range issues, appropriate warm-ups, voice pivoting, repertoire suggestions, and the art of “de-composing.” Participants will receive several octavos that work well with changing voices.
Registration is $35 before August 31 and $40 after that. Mark your calendars now. We need you there!