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Directing the Choral Music Program

Kenneth H. Phillips

Publication Date - September 2003

ISBN: 9780195132823

432 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $82.95


Directing the Choral Music Program is a comprehensive introduction to developing and managing choral music programs from elementary through high-school and adult levels. Designed primarily as a choral methods text for the undergraduate music education curriculum, it is also useful for choral directors in schools, churches, and communities. Broad in scope and practical in orientation, the book is structured around three basic units: the administrative process, rehearsal and performance planning, and choral techniques. In addition to core topics--including recruitment and auditioning, classroom management, vocal development, and curriculum and performance planning--it features many subjects not covered in other texts, such as student discipline, philosophy of choral music education, and the history of choral conducting. The author also presents material on directing show choirs and musicals; organizing choir tours, festivals, and contests; working with adolescent singers; and teaching sight-reading skills.
Directing the Choral Music Program incorporates study and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, numerous illustrations and musical examples, and a variety of class projects throughout. The appendixes offer helpful lists of music publishers and distributors; manufacturers of equipment, supplies, and attire; recommended choral repertory; voice class resources; and sight-singing materials. Grounded in the author's extensive experience in directing choirs at all levels, this book combines practical methods with a research base, providing readers with a solid foundation for a career in choral directing.

Table of Contents

    Each chapter includes Study and Discussion Questions and References.
    1. Becoming a Choral Music Director
    The Professional Choral Music Educator
    Qualifications for the Choral Conductor
    Historical Perspectives
    Future Directions
    2. Developing a Philosophy for the Music Program
    The National Standards
    Advocacy for Music in the Schools
    Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Values
    A Rationale for Music Education
    3. Promoting and Recruiting for Choral Success
    Building a Public Relations Program
    The Choir Newsletter
    Recruiting Choristers
    Using Standardized Tests
    4. Planning and Building the Choral Program
    The Master Schedule
    Designing the Choral Curriculum
    Auditioning the Singers
    Guidelines for Voice Classification
    5. Processing the Flow of Information
    Written Communication
    Evaluating and Reporting Achievement
    Lesson Planning
    Informing Others
    6. Managing the Choral Program
    Budgetary Procedures
    Music Supplies, Equipment, and Concert Attire
    The Choral Music Library
    Rewards to Stimulate Pride and Motivation
    Unit 1. Optional Projects
    A Rationale for Teaching Music
    Preparing Promotion Materials
    Choral Auditioning
    Lesson Planning
    7. Working with Adolescent Singers
    The Nature of Adolescents
    The Female Voice Change
    The Male Voice Change
    Appropriate Part Voicings
    8. Planning for Discipline and Choir Conduct
    Attributes of Good Teaching
    Four Modes of Discipline
    Basic Rules, Consequences, and Enlisting Help
    Guidelines for Classroom Management
    9. Choosing the Music
    Guidelines for Choosing Quality Choral Literature
    Locating Quality Choral Literature
    Programming Objectives
    Programming Sacred Music in the Schools
    10. Preparing the Choral Rehearsal and Music
    The Rehearsal Schedule
    The Rehearsal Format
    Preparing the Music
    Placement of Singers
    11. Organizing Performances
    Concert Preparation
    Choir Tours
    Choral Festivals
    12. Popular Music Presentations
    Broadway Musical Productions
    Swing Choirs
    Show Choirs
    Vocal Jazz Ensembles
    Selected Bibliography for Broadway Musical Productions
    Unit 2. Optional Projects
    Code of Conduct
    Show Choir Choreography
    Choral Rehearsal Observation
    13. Vocal Development, Part 1
    Posture Development
    Breath Management: Breathing Motion
    Breath Management: Control
    Breath Management: Support
    14. Vocal Development, Part 2
    Vocal Registers
    Resonant Tone Production
    15. Energizing the Choral Warm-Up
    Energize the Body
    Energize the Breath
    Energize the Ear
    Energize the Voice
    Vocal Skills Development Outline: Energizing the Warm-Up
    16. Teaching Sight-Singing Skills
    Historical Overview
    How to Teach Sight-Singing
    Scheduling Time for Sight-Singing
    Assessing Sight-Singing Skills
    17. Rehearsing the Choir
    Introducing a New Choral Work
    Whole-Part-Whole Strategy
    Directing an Efficient Rehearsal
    Common Ensemble Problems
    18. Understanding Styles and Performance Practices
    Medieval Era (c. 500-1450)
    Renaissance Era (c. 1450-1600)
    Baroque Era (c. 1600-1750)
    Classical Era (c. 1750-1825)
    Romantic Era (c. 1825-1900)
    Contemporary Era (c. 1900-Present)
    19. Presenting the Performance
    The Concert Program
    Technical Matters
    Dress Rehearsal
    Conducting the Concert
    20. Directing Other Choral Organizations
    The Community or Civic Chorus
    Church Choirs
    Children's Choirs
    Nontraditional Choirs
    Unit 3. Optional Projects
    Planning and Leading a Warm-Up Routine
    Planning and Leading a Sight-Singing Exercise
    Rehearsing the Choir (Microteaching)
    Developing a Concert Program
    21. Planning for Success, Eugene F. Bechen
    Creating a Successful Student Teaching Experience
    The Job Search
    Professional Growth and Development
    Dealing with Stress and Burnout
    A. Music Publishers and Distributors
    B. Manufacturers of Equipment, Supplies, and Attire
    C. Lists of Recommended Choral Repertory
    D. Voice Class Resources
    E. Sight-Singing Materials