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TEACHING CHORAL CONCEPTS
Basic Curriculum Guide
This book was the author's Dissertation prepared while working towards a Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Utah. It presents all the concepts and materials for teaching 35 "Mini-lessons" to choirs and choral groups. Each mini-lesson is designed to be taught in twenty minutes or less, so regular choir rehearsals can still be dedicated to teaching the scheduled music numbers. The lessons include an introduction, correct sitting posture, correct standing posture, the breathing mechanism, controlled breathing, voice-part classifications, vocal ranges, the reed-flute tone continuum, change-of-color points, audition preparation, objectives of vocal training, the singing mechanism, open throat, personal warm-up, care of the voice, vocal resonance, good singing tone, tone color, attacks and releases, effective practice, dynamic levels, extending vocal ranges, head resonance and head tone, humming, basic musical styles, correct phrasing, vocal flexibility, intonation, the phonetic alphabet, balance and blend, singing the vowels, diphthongs, articulation, enunciation, and pronunciation. This book is an extremely valuable tool for individuals who want to perfect their personal singing skills.
Basic Handouts and Visual Aids Source
This 600+-page kit is of tremendous value to those who teach the curriculum because it saves many, many hours of typing and visual aid preparation. Every handout is carefully typeset. Every visual aid is professionally prepared. The kit contains the entire range of teacher preparation materials, including unit teaching-schedule planning calendars and notebook checklists for those who are requiring their students to keep notebooks and grading them on their accuracy and completeness. The Instructor's Kit also contains a copy of the complete test , including the individual answer sheet and the scoring guide. All these materials can be photocopied for distribution to each student. The Instructor's Kit includes the worksheets found in the Student Learning Guides so the teacher can run them off for the lessons as needed if the Learning Guides have not been ordered for each student.
Several packets of testing materials are available for your convenience. Test booklets are available in packages of 100, 50, and 25. These 8½" x 11" eight page booklets contain the 100- question test. Students do not write in the booklets, so they are reusable from class to class and from year to year. A one-page sheet giving the correct answers is included with each test package.
Also available are packages of student Answer Sheets. These are one page 8½" x 11" sheets upon which students mark their answers to the test. Separate sheet is needed for each student each time the test is to be taken. A two-page Test Scoring Guide is used to record and categorize each student's answers each time the test is taken. This sheet becomes a permanent record and is used for comparing pre-test and post-test scores and progress over the years. Packets containing the student Answer Sheets plus the test Scoring Guides are available in quantities of 100, 50, and 25.
Student Learning Guides
In response to numerous requests from teachers across the country, a series of four inexpensive student manuals has been prepared, one for each of the four units of the instruction course. These manuals, prepared in workbook format, are titled Choral Concepts-Student Learning Guide, Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 . The saddle stitched manuals are the size of octavo music so students can keep them in music folders with their performance music. Each lesson requires limited written participation by the student: filling in blanks on worksheets, recording materials written on the blackboard or shown on an overhead projector, etc. Care has been taken to keep student time requirements for each lesson short, maintaining the objective of completion of every lesson in 20 minutes or less.
To save teacher preparation and instruction time, the four Choral Concepts Student Learning Guides have been reprinted in four Teachers' Editions, with all the answers written in. These Teachers' Editions are produced with a more durable cover than the student editions so they will hold up well when used repeatedly over the years. The page numbers are identical to the student edition, but inserted in the front are two pages listing (1) the posters and folders inserts available for each lesson in the unit and (2) the titles of the lessons in the other three units.
Key Concepts Handy Teaching Outlines
Choral Concepts Music Folder Inserts are a set of 24 6"x 9" two sided single-sheet summaries of the key concepts of a lesson. They make excellent discussion guides for use as the lesson is being presented, or choir members can be instructed to read the insert in advance of the lesson's presentation. The insert also serves as an effective review outline for the lesson. A substantial majority of the 35 lessons have folder inserts prepared for them. Repetition of the lesson's key concepts is the objective of the folder inserts. Many teachers purchase classroom sets or make overhead transparencies of these folder inserts and use them as visual outlines when they teach the lessons.
These attractive stylized presentations have real youth appeal. They are printed in color on one side of 17½" x 23" paper. Each poster is correlated with the Student Learning Guides and with the Laminated Folder Inserts . Repetition brings increased retention. Cycling the 21 posters into bulletin board displays throughout the school year allows students to learn and review without taking valuable class teaching time. Posters are shipped rolled in mailing tubes.
National Standards for Arts Education
The standards listed in this pamphlet was prepared by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations under grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Found herein are separate (1) content standards and (2) achievement standards for Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, and Grades 9-12 in the field of music. Every parent should be well acquainted with these standards and discuss them with their children and their children's teachers, as well as encouraging their accomplishment in the home.
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