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I am very excited that I will have a co-teacher for my middle school program in the fall. The choruses are separated by grade level and range in size from 75-115 (over 350 students total!). We have one large rehearsal space and will also have access to a regular sized classroom during rehearsal time. The other teacher seems quite capable, even though she is new to the field.
Has anyone ever team taught chorus before? How have you done it? What have you found was the best use of your time? How did you divide responsibilities? I have some ideas, but I am curious about what has worked for you!
Here’s a suggestion:
Each of you choose a few pieces and agree on what will look like a good program.
Start splitting boys/girls and just working in sectionals. Maybe do warm-ups together based upon what numbers you plan to work on/sections of those pieces and learn the notes first for 3/4 of the rehearsal. Then the last quarter of time, bring everyone together and see how those sections all fit together. When notes get more firm, run rehearsals with the entire group and just take turns/amounts of time working on individual pieces. It would be nice to play for each other – and of course when one person is absent, there is always someone else to run the entire rehearsal. Be flexible!
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