Higher Education

Choral Music: Methods and Materials, 2nd Edition

  • Barbara A. Brinson State University of New York at Fredonia
  • Steven M. Demorest University of Washington
  • ISBN-10: 1133599664  |  ISBN-13: 9781133599661
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1996
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

This essential text provides choral music educators with a well-organized, practical introduction to directing choirs and managing choral programs at the middle-school through high-school level. It offers step-by-step advice on designing and administering a choral program, from curricula to repertoire to performance, and helps instructors develop a personal philosophy of music education.

Features and Benefits

  • CHORAL MUSIC: METHODS AND MATERIALS provides students with a comprehensive understanding of how to develop a philosophy of music education, recruit and retain singers, plan and evaluate curricula, select repertoire and program concerts.
  • The text introduces topics vital to the successful development of choral programs, such as rehearsal planning and techniques, score analysis, classroom management, vocal techniques and musicianship skills, the changing voice, small ensembles, and musical theater productions.

Table of Contents

1. THE MEANING AND VALUE OF CHORAL MUSIC.
2. RECRUITING AND RETAINING SINGERS.
3. DESIGNING YOUR CHORAL PROGRAM.
What choirs to offer. Scheduling. Auditions. Voice Placement. Standing Arrangements.
4. CHORAL CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT.
The Standard Curriculum. Spiral curriculum. National Standards. Learning from the Repertoire. Assessment in the Choral Classroom.
5. SELECTING REPERTOIRE.
6. PROGRAMMING AND PRODUCING CONCERTS.
7. GROUP VOCAL TECHNIQUES.
Knowledge of singing voice. Warmups. Approaches to presenting warmups.
8. THE CHANGING VOICE.
9. BUILDING MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS.
Sightreading. Chamber Music. Technology.
10. ANALYZING MUSIC AND PREPARING SCORES.
11. PLANNING THE REHEARSAL.
12. CONDUCTING THE REHEARSAL.
13. MANAGING THE CHORAL CLASSROOM.
14. SMALL ENSEMBLES AND MUSICAL THEATER.
15. ADMINISTERING THE CHORAL PROGRAM.
Choral Library. Parent Organization. Student Leadership. Performing Attire.
Budget. Technology, instruments, and equipment. Festivals and Travel. Professional organizations.
16. BUILDING YOUR CAREER.
Preparation for Student Teaching. Preparation for the First Job. Lifelong Learning.

What's New

  • Updated information provides technological tools for repertoire selection, rehearsal, performance, assessment, score preparation, and recording.
  • There is expanded coverage of assessment in the choral classroom, with special focus on individual assessment and detailed templates for assessing musicianship and musical knowledge.
  • New material features specialized small ensembles, such as jazz, pop, and gospel choirs, along with expanded coverage of musical theater.
  • A new chapter on building a career in choral music includes tips on student teaching, job applications, first teaching jobs, and lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Many new photos and diagrams demonstrate proper vocal technique, choral configurations, and performance options.
  • Dozens of new musical examples and sample lesson plans focus on warmups, sight singing, and running a musically engaging rehearsal.
  • A new companion website at CengageBrain.com, features links to a variety of web resources for choral music teaching.
  • Online audio and video files demonstrating repertoire, model lessons for sight singing and warmups, a sample choral audition, and students in various stages of the voice change.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Barbara A. Brinson

Barbara A. Brinson is an associate professor of Music Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she directs the University Chorus, Women's Choir, and teaches choral conducting, choral methods, and foundations courses. Dr. Brinson served for 14 years on the music faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and taught choral and general music in the Georgia public schools for 10 years at the elementary through high-school levels. She has directed choirs at all levels in both schools and churches. Brinson has served as director of the Intermediate Choir of the Chautauqua Children's Chorale; held the position of Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Youth and Student Activities for New York American Choral Directors Association (NYACDA); and served on the editorial staff of the Journal of Research in Music Teacher Education. She has written articles for publications such as the Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and General Music Today. A frequent clinician at conventions, conferences, and schools, she also is very active as a guest conductor and as an adjudicator at choral festivals. Her professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, ACDA, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda and NYSSMA. Dr. Brinson received her Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee, an M.Ed. in Music Education from Columbus State University, and a B.M. in Music Education from Wesleyan College.

Steven M. Demorest

Steven M. Demorest is a professor of Music Education at the University of Washington, where he conducts the Men's Glee Club and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music methods, research methods, and the psychology of music. In 2007, he received the Weston H. Noble award for outstanding contributions to choral music from Luther College, his alma mater. He is the author of Building Choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal, published by Oxford University Press, and the editor of a series of lectures by Weston Noble, Creating the Special World, published by GIA. Dr. Demorest's research interests include singing accuracy, sight-singing pedagogy, cross-cultural musical understanding, and the application of neuroimaging techniques to music research. His scholarly work has been published in Music Perception, NeuroImage, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and many other publications. A nationally known clinician, he has lectured at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference, The Music Educators National Conference, and at many state and regional ACDA and MENC conferences. Dr. Demorest holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a B.A. in music from Luther College.