Every singer wants to hit better high notes – right? There’s a lot of wisdom in vocal technique to help you do this and today’s article reveals a few of the most helpful ones that have turned around singers voices the fastest.
When Choir Members Leave By Jaime Babbitt T his common occurrence has baffled choir directors worldwide for (dare I say) centuries. And how about when an accompanist leaves? Whatever is a choral director to do? Ask why…and really be open to hearing the answers, from the members and from yourself.
Recruitment: It’s Never Too Early By Dr. Megan Wicks-Rudolph H ave you ever thought “It’s too early to recruit? Course cards don’t even come out for another month.”? Or thought, “I need more kids in choir, but I have already tried everything I know.” Or, you have a thriving choral program, but are always looking for more ways to attract those great kids to your program.
Ten Tips for Conductors! Energy! The conductor must have more energy than the choir. Choirs respond to an energetic and passionate conductor. Particularly with young choirs, a fast-paced rehearsal captures the choristers’ attention, reducing boredom and unwelcome behaviour. Model! As conductors, we should constantly model posture, correct mouth shape, and breath preparation.
What Your Students Will Remember By Walter Bitner A t some point early in my teaching career someone told me “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel .” …or something like that. I don’t remember who said it or when, honestly.
Three Things Good Choral Directors Do By Jamie Babbit Choral directors have a fun, yet rough job. Imagine commandeering a room/church/auditorium filled with singers. I know, the mind boggles, doesn’t it? I hate to generalize, but singers are almost impossible to commandeer; I liken it to herding cats. Firstly, most of us singers love to talk.
Quick pre-performance warm-ups for community choirs – Total Choir Resources Picture the scene. The audience is filing in; anticipation is in the air. You have all your singers gathered, they look to you to prepare them for a fantastic performance. What do you do? In the early days of running my choir I might have said ‘run away’, but over time I’ve learnt to love this …
Playing by Ear: 5 Reasons Why Reading Sheet Music Is Still Important Musicians who play by ear are rarer than you’d think. While singers only ever sing one note at a time, instrumentalists must figure out chords and complex rhythms, which requires a very gifted ear. Of course, a few chosen musicians are blessed with perfect pitch, which makes figuring out a note or chord a piece of cake!
Use Active Listening Techniques To Learn Music Faster The answer to this can vary quite a bit. Maybe it’s your favorite song and you listen to it every day. Maybe it’s music you’ve heard throughout your whole life. Or, maybe you’ve never heard it before and you’re learning it from scratch for a performance or gig.