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2nd Edition

Becoming a Choral Music Teacher
A Field Experience Workbook

ISBN 9781138053007
Published December 6, 2017 by Routledge
286 Pages

USD $54.95

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Book Description

Becoming a Choral Music Teacher: A Field Experience Workbook, Second Edition is a choral methods textbook that prepares students in Music Education to become middle school and high school choral music teachers. It emphasizes important musical skills, vocal pedagogy and repertoire suitable for secondary school choirs in order to provide future teachers with the critical experiences to be effective. Focusing equally on rehearsal strategies, auditions and classroom management, the book is also a "workbook" that requires the students’ active learning through participation in fieldwork.

Students learn in a sequential and practical manner, beginning with the study of the middle school voice and progressing to the high school voice, through practice of theory with adolescents, followed by class reflection on common problems and solutions, and then continued practice.

NEW to this Edition

  • Updated references to NAfME, and new national and state standards and licensing rules
  • More on the needs of Special Learners in the choral classroom
  • Latest resources on classroom management theories and practice
  • Expanded vocal warm-ups that incorporate body movement and aural skills training
  • More on gender issues (including LGBT awareness), sociological impact and meanings of choral singing, and emerging knowledge of multicultural choral music

Becoming a Choral Music Teacher: A Field Experience Workbook, Second Edition fully integrates the choral field experience for hands-on learning and reflection and allows the student to observe and teach the book’s principles.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Choir Teacher as Comprehensive Musician

Chapter 2: Middle School Singers: Managing Adolescent Voices and Behavior

Chapter 3: Auditions and Warm-ups for Middle School Choirs

Chapter 4: Repertoire for Middle School Choirs

Chapter 5: Recruiting and Planning for Middle School Choirs

Chapter 6: High School Singers: Hearing Their Voices

Chapter 7: Warm-ups for High School Choirs

Chapter 8: Repertoire for High School Choirs

Chapter 9: Effective High School Choral Music Teaching

Chapter 10: Directing Vocal Jazz, Contemporary A Cappella, Show Choir, Musical Theater, Madrigal Dinners, Gospel Choirs and Multicultural Ensembles

Chapter 11: Checklists for Practical Matters: Concerts, Festivals, Travel, Technology, and the First Year of Teaching


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    Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman is Professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has directed elementary school through university level choirs and currently teaches Choral Methods, Choral Literature, and Vocal Jazz.