August 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm #11572
I want to take my chorus students on a fun, educational field trip. I teach 5th and 6th grade students and have around 165 in the program. Not all the students will go, but I want as many as possible to attend. The problem is that there really isn’t anything choral related around my area or places to visit during the day. I am trying to get creative, but am running out of ideas. So, I guess my question is, what are some things that you do for field trips with your chorus?September 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm #11889
Is there a University in your area? It is a possibility that one of the choral teachers would host your children at the University and provide a place for them to sing and have a choral presentation for them. They could have a cookie or some kind of treat to add to the fun.
This would also work with your local high school with an energetic high school choral director.
Chair, Choral Education CouncilSeptember 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm #12443
We are actually near FSU, so I may be contacting them very soon. It would be very nice to have one of the professors work with my students. I may be contacting them very soon. Thank you for you help!October 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm #13376
This might not work in your area, but I teach the same age group and each year I take my classes to see a musical. Luckily we’re close enough to NYC that I can take the 6th graders to a Broadway show, but with the 5th graders I just take them to a regional theater in the area or to a traveling theater company. (If you’re near a university I’m sure they get touring productions!) Of course you have to be careful to make sure the show is age-appropriate. Once I’ve picked the show, I program a song or two from the show to sing at our concerts so that the kids make a connection to what they are seeing.October 6, 2012 at 7:22 am #13394
Link up with another school in your area and have choirs perform for each other! At the next choir rehearsal talk about what they liked and disliked about the other school’s performance, ideas they saw which they would like to use, and things about their and the other school’s performance which they would change.
Universities are a great idea. My district usually has a partnership with a local univ; they give workshops for high school choirs and offer free performances for younger audiences. Another option is to bring in professionals to perform for your group, but that’s usually expensive. Last year I was informed of a high school choir in town which specializes in sea chanties. I had them come and perform for my choir; parents brought their kids. The high school students gave a very interesting and interactive performance. Interactive is something you should look for when bringing an elem group. Getting involved better holds their attention.
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