If you are tired of hearing the “moans” when you tell your middle school choral students to pull out the Sight Singing books, this is the webinar for you. Middle School students want to have fun, and they want to be successful. The S-Cubed system is systematically designed to encourage both! In this session, we will learn about the game, Forbidden Pattern, that is the “hook” of the S-Cubed Sight Singing system. In addition, we will learn about other Sight Singing techniques like “Follow the Hand”, “Chaos”, and “Pulsing”. I will take questions about specific Sight Singing problems you have in your classroom, and I will help you find strategies for overcoming them.
Productive Technologies for Performing Ensembles by Charles Tyler Turner
Choirs, bands, and orchestras can use technology to improve their rehearsals and performance outcomes. We will discover ways to use iPads, document cameras, basic recording equipment, and social media to make your performing ensembles more productive. This hands-on session will teach you how to use the technology, how to advocate for the purchase of the technology, and how to use familiar technology in new ways.
The Flipped Choral Rehearsal: What is it? Why do we need it? How does it work? by Mary-Hannah Klontz
The flipped choral rehearsal uses technology and active learning to engage and meet the individual needs of the singers in an ensemble. Even with only one computer or iPad, these techniques can work for you and your group! Free and for fee software, apps and websites will be demonstrated.
Choral Conducting Master Class by Rodney Eichenberger
This session will build on the needs and strengths of the participants and offer a master class in conducting as well as cover topics to include, but not limited to, artistic rehearsal with form and content; solving intonation and blending problems through seating; enhancing musicality through movement (the use of stance, gesture and facial affect to solve ensemble problems such as pitch, rhythm, and tonal color), and helping inexperienced singers find that illusive note. Participants will effectively acquire non-verbal vocabulary that increases efficiency in choral rehearsal along with giving their singers some ownership in rehearsal process as they internalize musical concepts kinetically, aurally, and visually.
Do you teach the imperfect choir? Is your group tiny? Is your ensemble unbalanced, perhaps because you don’t have enough tenors? Are your singers too insecure to sing independent lines? And (worst of all) do you still have to take them to contest to be judged by university conductors who have no idea how difficult your job is? You are not alone! While most choirs indeed are imperfect and they struggle with such issues as balance, successful ensembles can and do grow out of such situations. Indeed, some of the best solutions were developed by the great masters such as Giovanni Gabrieli, J.S. Bach, and W. A. Mozart.
This session is designed to examine and help define your individual approach to teaching music. Each participant will explore the following questions: How do you guide your students on the journey from the rehearsal room to the performance venue? How do you reflect your passion of teaching and music making? How do you empower your students in and out of rehearsals? What are your pedagogical priorities? How do you realize these priorities on a day to day basis? What are some creative strategies to realize these priorities?