In more than two decades of teaching at the same high school, I've had less than a dozen African American
Whether in person or remote, Valentine's Day can be a special and productive rehearsal. For so many of our choirs,
Do you have 2 minutes a day to devote to sight-singing? If so this approach could work well for you,
Our non-traditional year has led to 3 non-traditional holiday videos by our high school choral program. I present all three
Caroling is an important part of many choral programs; caroling day is my choir's most favorite tradition of the entire
Sometimes we need a last minute holiday piece to fill out or balance our program. This year, we may be
The landscape of teaching is quite different this year, but we can still find a way to embrace Thanksgiving with
A Choir Halloween Rehearsal can be festive and productive even when fully remote, hybrid, or live and masked. In fact, I believe our
Dear Smartmusic, After 10 years, you have worn me out and I'm leaving you.Sincerely,Former Smartmusic Advocate & Cheerleader I'd been
Sight Reading Factory is a fantastic resource to use at home, especially during a potential period of online learning. My
I came across a post in a very prominent choral director's Facebook group that asks: “What are your simple, short
Let's face it, sight-singing can get boring and/or stale in choir rehearsals. The more we do it, the more they
Caroling Day is my choir's favorite day of the year. We carol every year, the day before the Winter Break.
The most fun day of the entire year for my high school choir is Caroling Day. On this special day, we
When it comes to rehearsals immediately following a concert, there are two things that irritate me beyond belief: When teachers
17 (Last Minute) Things to Avoid - to Ensure a Smooth Concert! We've just spent many months learning notes and
I hope you are reading this blog after my previous BLOG about why we must retire the Hallelujah Chorus. Prefacing
Believe it or not, most of what our audience members see and hear have nothing to do with how well
The vacation is so clearly here and everyone has one foot out the door. We may have just held our
There's plenty of high-quality choral music available for the holiday season. A large work such as Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata" or
Don't get rid of the previous director's alumni piece, even if you hate it. Even if it's a disaster. At
I've seen many Facebook posts asking the question of whether Sight Reading Factory or Smart Music is preferred for sight-singing.
Rounds are an excellent learning tool and performance vehicle for choirs of all levels. Even refined high school choirs can
There are 4 tangible steps that can be taken to develop EVERY singer's ear, and in turn, develop their singing
Why should we take the time to write a choir handbook? A handbook may seem like a tedious booklet
Creating a contemporary A-Cappella group can be the best thing that has ever happened to your traditional high school choral
The two main components of any successful rehearsal are the planning/execution of the director and the planning/execution of the students.
A wise man once told me to never believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. Your
If you've always wanted to have a choir filled with singers who can sight-sing, this blog post is for you!