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“Teaching Middle School Choir”

Thursday & Friday July 10-11, 2014

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Featured Clinician: Joel M. Price
James Franklin & Denise Eaton

“Teaching High School Choir”

Thursday & Friday July 10-11, 2014

Featured Clinician: Amy Allibon
James Franklin & Denise Eaton


 

Joel M. Price, Westwood JHS, Richardson ISD

  1. “They Didn't Teach Us That in College!”: Secrets and Strategies for a Successful School Year - Part 1
    Do you ever feel like you studied musical skills in depth, but missed out on the practical aspects of teaching choir? Go back to school and take a crash course with topics including: planning your year, communication, uniforms, finances, fundraising, auditions, contests, and classroom management.
  2. “They Didn't Teach Us That in College!”: Secrets and Strategies for a Successful School Year - Part 2
    Do you ever feel like you studied the musical skills of choral conducting, but missed out on the practical aspects of teaching choir? Go back to school and take a crash course with topics including: knowing the VIPs in your building, managing assistant directors and student teachers, vertical teaming, social activities, recruiting, working with parent volunteers, substitutes and what to plan when you're away from school.

  3. Working Smarter Not Harder: Teaching Students to be Successful in an ADHD World
    With current education trends of more testing, pullout tutoring, and shorter class periods--how is it possible to fit everything into your rehearsals? Price will offer effective solutions for balancing the demands of sightreading, music theory, warmups, and vocal development as well as repertoire into your rehearsals.

  4. Teaching the Opposite Sex: Men Teaching Females and Women Teaching Males
    There are inherent challenges in teaching students of the opposite sex, especially at the middle school level. It can be daunting for men to teach females and women to teach males without knowledge of the differences between the genders. Come learn some “tricks of the trade” of how men can successfully teach females and suggestions for women to teach males from a male director’s point of view.

  5. My View from Both Sides of the Judging Table: UIL Contest
    Even with the judging rubric, it’s often difficult to understand how a judge determines the overall rating at UIL Contest. With 16 years’ worth of directing choirs at UIL Contest and 10 years as a UIL adjudicator, Price will offer perspectives from both sides of the judging table. Topics will include what judges are listening for and practical advice for success, as well as the best practices and biggest mistakes of the sightreading room.

  6. Tried and Proven Literature: Price’s Picks
    We all know about tried and proven music for middle school choirs, but do we all know WHY they are tried and proven? Sample some of the cream of the crop pieces of varying voicings for concerts throughout the year and see WHY they are considered the “gold standard.”

Amy Allibon, Birdville HS, Birdville ISD

  1. Analytical Listening for Choral Directors – Do You Hear What I Hear?
    This session is designed to help answer the following questions:
    -- What do you hear in rehearsal?
    -- What are you listening for during your rehearsal?
    -- In what sequence are you listening to key elements?
    -- How does what you hear impact your rehearsal?

    While spending time listening to various high school recordings, Amy Allibon will guide a discussion that addresses how teachers prioritize the sequence of teaching.

  2. It’s All About Tone (Parts 1 & 2)
    The single-most fundamental element in the secondary choral classroom is teaching singers to use their voice to create a desirable tone. In the first of these two sessions, participants will learn the generalities of high school voice types, including breaks in the voice, weaknesses in the voice, dealing with vocal issues, placement of the voice, and sound principles of vocal pedagogy. Amy will also share tried and true, fundamental warm-ups that more fully develop the 14- to 18-year-old voice. The second session includes a listening element in which different tone qualities of different choirs are explored and discussed.
  3. Breaking Bad (Rehearsal Habits)
    This session offers an in-depth look at the sequence of teaching, from score preparation to the performance. How we approach the teaching of a piece of music can lead a choir to ease and success, even in the most challenging repertoire.
  4. Getting the Answers to the Test – Audiation 101
    One of the keys to student success in the sight-read arena is the ability to hear intervals internally so that they might produce them externally. This session will teach participants how to help students develop this skill from the very beginning and to more advanced stages.
  5. Six Minutes to Sightreading Success
    Do you struggle with nerves in the UIL sightreading room? Are you doing all you can do to help your students be successful in the sightreading room? Allibon will draw from years of teaching and judging all over the state as she shares the wisdom behind her sure-fire methods for a successful six minutes at UIL.

James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities, Sam Houston State University

Practical Conducting Gestures for the Choral Rehearsal
Choir directors seldom conduct while teaching, therefore their gesture alphabet is many times lacking. James offers a practical approach based on his experiences in MS and HS and will share practical techniques for practice and implementation.

Private Conducting Lessons
Participants who would like to further hone their conducting skills or simply gather some feedback or suggestions for the coming school year will have the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute lesson with James Franklin.

Denise Eaton, Adjunct Professor, Music Education, Sam Houston State University

The Magic of the Basics
When intentional teaching practices and thoughtful repertoire selection are implemented on a daily basis, choral rehearsals will run like "magic."

Throughout the course of three sessions, Denise will share insight into how intentional score study impacts the ability to develop relevant, sequential and creative lesson plans as well as ideas to creatively integrate sight-reading and to make the most of the materials at hand.

Denise Eaton will share, through practical application, many of the "magical basics" of teaching she has developed, "borrowed" and used throughout her 32-year career.

 

Workshop Schedule

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Sam Houston State University
Time Middle School Track High School Track
8:00 - 8:45 Registration/Check-in
9:00 - 10:30 Magic of the Basics (1) / Eaton Practical Conducting / Franklin
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee & Pastries - Mix & Mingle
11:00 - 12:30 They Didn’t Teach Us… (1) / Price Analytical Listening / Allibon
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch*
1:00 - 2:30 Practical Conducting / Franklin It’s All About Tone (1) / Allibon
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:15 They Didn’t Teach Us… (2) / Price It’s All About Tone (2) / Allibon
4:15 - 4:30 Break
4:30 - 6:00 Working Smarter Not Harder / Price Magic of the Basics (1) / Eaton
Friday, July 11, 2014 - Sam Houston State University
Time Middle School Track High School Track
8:00 - 8:45 Registration/Check-in
9:00 - 10:30 Teaching the Opposite Sex / Price Magic of the Basics (2) / Eaton
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee & Pastries - Mix & Mingle
11:00 - 12:30 Magic of the Basics (2) / Eaton Breaking Bad (Rehearsal Habits) / Allibon
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch*
1:00 - 2:30 Magic of the Basics (3) / Eaton Audiation 101 / Allibon
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:15 Both Sides of the UIL Table / Price Magic of the Basics (3) / Eaton
4:15 - 4:30 Break
4:30 - 6:00 Tried and Proven Literature / Price Six Minutes to SR Success / Allibon
SPECIAL Conducting lessons will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis on Friday.  Sign up will be provided at registration and during the workshop

 

*Lunch is included in the workshop fee.

Workshop Pricing

Price SHSU Alumn Price SHSU Student Price
$125 for 2 days
$90 for 1 day
$100 for 2 days
$90 for 1 day
$40 for 2 days

   

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