Choral Conducting Tune-Up

Even experienced conductors may find that bad habits creep into their technique on occasion. To remedy this, a review of basics may prove helpful. “I feel that one of the…

Guest Conducting and the Role of Love

You walk into the school gymnasium at quarter-to-nine on a Friday morning and see some 300 adolescents buzzing with energy. A few teachers are yelling out instructions, trying to get…

Collaboration in the Choral Rehearsal

I am grateful for collegiate experiences at the University of Utah which made me want to become a music educator. I was inspired by professors who valued my opinion and…

Introspection on Selection of Choral Music

At a recent choral festival, I listened to a high school choir sing a Moses Hogan piece that included four-part male divisi. The group’s 6 young men struggled to sing…

Do you Talk Too Much?

Have you ever noticed that your students stop paying attention to you as soon as you stop them to make a correction? Do you wonder if you are talking too…

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Conducting—Letting Go of Bad Habits

Conducting—Letting Go of Bad Habits By NAfME Member Michael Murphy The choral music educator’s job, according to Michael Murphy, “while rewarding, is a complex one. Sometimes it seems that managing…

Creating the Chemistry

It is obvious from the downbeat. The eyes of the choir light up, they sing with sincere emotion and musicality, and there is an intense synergy that connects all the…