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Directing the Choral Music Program

Second Edition

Kenneth H. Phillips

Publication Date - June 2015

ISBN: 9780199371952

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

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The comprehensive guide to choral music education


Directing the Choral Music Program, Second Edition, is a comprehensive introduction to developing and managing choral music programs from elementary through high school to adult levels. 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 covers singing pedagogy and its relationship to physical anatomy, the philosophy of choral music education, the history of choral conducting, and the new National Standards for Music Education (2014). The author also presents material on directing show choirs and musicals, teaching sight-reading skills, working with adolescent singers, and organizing choir tours, festivals, and contests.

New to this Edition

  • A new Chapter 6, Technology for the Choral Director, relates how the choral teacher can use technology to advance the choral program
  • Updated and expanded material on advocacy resources, multicultural music references, rehearsal teaching styles, authentic assessment, and appendices
  • New sections on choral public domain resources, commissioning a new choral work, and student-centered learning
  • Over 200 new research citations provide students with a wealth of resources in the ever-expanding field of choral music education

About the Author(s)

Kenneth H. Phillips is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at The University of Iowa School of Music.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2003


"This text is excellent. By using Directing the Choral Music Program, I am confident that I am giving my students a chance to succeed immediately in their teaching careers. I recommend it."--Jeremy Manternach, The University of Arizona

"This is the most comprehensive text that I have found for preparing young choral teachers for the many hats that they will wear in this role."--Charlene Ryan, Berklee College of Music

Table of Contents

    1. Becoming a Choral Music Director
    The Professional Choral Music Educator
    Qualifications for the Choral Conductor
    Historical Perspectives
    Future Directions
    Study and Discussion Questions
    2. Developing a Philosophy for the Music Program
    Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Values
    Shaping Your Philosophy of Music Education
    A Rationale for Music Education
    Advocacy for Music in the Schools
    Study and Discussion Questions
    3. Promoting and Recruiting for Choral Success
    Building a Public Relations Program
    The Choir Newsletter
    Recruiting Choristers
    Using Standardized Tests
    Study and Discussion Questions
    4. Planning, Building, and Managing the Choral Program
    Designing the Choral Curriculum
    Budgetary Procedures
    Music Supplies, Equipment, and Concert Attire
    The Choral Music Library
    Study and Discussion Questions
    5. Processing the Flow of Information
    Written Communication
    Evaluating and Reporting Achievement
    Lesson Planning
    Informing Others
    Study and Discussion Questions
    6. Technology for the Choral Director
    Scott L. Phillips
    Technology in the Choral Program
    Planning for Technology
    Electronic Communication
    Technology in Rehearsal and Performance
    Study and Discussion Questions
    Unit 1. Optional Projects
    A Rationale for Teaching Music
    Preparing Promotion Materials
    Lesson Planning
    Music Technology
    7. Working with Adolescent Singers
    The Nature of Adolescents
    The Female Voice Change
    The Male Voice Change
    Appropriate Part Voicings
    Study and Discussion Questions
    8. Classroom Management and Choir Conduct
    Attributes of Good Teaching
    Four Modes of Discipline
    Basic Rules, Consequences, and Enlisting Help
    Guidelines for Classroom Management
    Study and Discussion Questions
    9. Choosing the Music
    Guidelines for Choosing Quality Literature
    Locating Quality Choral Literature
    Programming Objectives
    Programming Music with a Sacred Text
    Study and Discussion Questions
    10. Preparing the Choral Rehearsal and Music
    The Rehearsal Schedule
    The Rehearsal Format
    Preparing the Music
    Placement of Singers
    Study and Discussion Questions
    11. Organizing Performances
    Concert Preparation
    Choir Tours
    Choral Festivals
    Study and Discussion Questions
    12. Popular Music Presentations
    Broadway Musical Productions
    Swing Choirs
    Show Choirs
    Vocal Jazz Ensembles
    Study and Discussion Questions
    Selected Bibliography for Broadway Musical
    Unit 2. Optional Projects
    Code of Conduct
    Show Choir Choreography
    Choral Rehearsal Observation
    13. Teaching the Singers to Sing
    Auditioning the Students
    Guidelines for Voice Classification
    Warm-Ups/Singing Lessons
    Energizing through Movement
    Study and Discussion Questions
    14. Vocal Development: Body and Breath
    Energize the Body
    -- Physical Conditioning
    -- Posture Development
    Energize the Breath
    -- Breathing Motion
    -- Breath Management
    -- Study and Discussion Questions
    -- References
    15. Vocal Development: Ear, Voice, and Song
    Energize the Ear 291
    -- Aural Acuity 291
    -- Pitch Discrimination 293
    Energize the Voice 296
    -- Phonation 297
    -- Resonant Tone Production 301
    Energize the Song
    -- Diction
    -- Expression
    -- Study and Discussion Questions
    -- References
    16. Teaching Sight-Singing Skills
    Historical Overview
    How to Teach Sight-Singing
    Scheduling Time for Sight-Singing
    Assessing Sight-Singing Skills
    Study and Discussion Questions
    17. Rehearsing the Choir
    Introducing a New Choral Work
    Whole-Part-Whole Strategy
    Directing an Efficient Rehearsal
    Common Ensemble Problems
    Study and Discussion Questions
    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)
    Study and Discussion Questions
    19. Presenting the Performance
    The Concert Program
    Technical Matters
    Dress Rehearsal
    Conducting the Concert
    Study and Discussion Questions
    20. Directing Other Choral Organizations
    The Community or Civic Chorus
    Church Choirs
    Children's Choirs
    Nontraditional Choirs
    Study and Discussion Questions
    Unit 3. Optional Projects
    Choral Auditioning
    Planning and Leading a Warm-Up/Singing Lesson
    Rehearsing the Choir (Microteaching)
    Developing a Concert Program
    21. Planning for Success
    Eugene F. Bechen
    Creating a Successful Student Teaching
    The Job Search
    Professional Growth and Development
    Dealing with Stress and Burnout
    Study and Discussion Questions
    Appendix A. Music Publishers and Distributors
    Appendix B. Manufacturers of Equipment, Supplies, and Attire
    Appendix C. Lists of Recommended Choral Repertory
    Appendix D. Voice Class Resources
    Appendix E. Sight-Singing Materials