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Adam Paltrowitz

If you would like to get in touch with Adam, please email him at adam@choralclarity.com. For more info on Adam Paltrowitz, visit his personal website.

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    The 10 Keys to Eliminate SENIORITIS for good in our Choral Program Senioritis can destroy a choir. When our supposed role models become lazy, unreliable, and defiant, our program suffers. Fortunately, this is something that is within our control! Believe it or not, we have created the ability for our students to act this way AND we have the ability to change their behavior. A change in culture will change senioritis. Download this free 3-page PDF that gives you the 10 Keys to Eliminate Senioritis permanently!  
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    Do you have officers who are ineffective and put their own needs in front of our group's needs. Are your officers lazy? Do they develop a bad case of senioritis? How do they behave during rehearsal? These 10 Steps will ensure your choral program runs successfully, year after year. Developing great officers creates continuity and stability.  It also eases our burden and allows us to be more focused on teaching.

    Check out the corresponding blog post: Why Choir Elections Are a Bad Idea!

    Additional resource: Choir Officer Application

  • For many of us, summer is a time to rest up, relax, and spend time with family. While this is certainly important, it is also important to properly prepare for the upcoming school year. Even if you’ve done the things on this list in the past, have you re-evaluated this THIS summer? It will be helpful to review these 12 things, year after year!
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    If you've made it past the interview round, there's a good chance you may be asked to give a choral demo lesson. Here are 17 Tips that will give put you on the path to giving a "killer" demo lesson! This free 6-page downloadable form will be priceless, especially if it helps to get you the job!  
  • This piece, using the poetry of Walt Whitman, brings us to a place of tranquility; a place where the mind relaxes and we can all just "be". This carefully constructed SSAA composition is accessible and fits comfortably in the vocal range of female high school singers.
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    Receive both a PDF and Editable Document that you can customize for your ensemble When your students miss the concert, they should have a meaningful assignment in place of the performance. Students who miss for legitimate reasons should be able to receive full credit for completing this assignment, while students who missed for unexcused reasons should receive a penalty, but still earn most of their points back using this assignment. This 3-page assignment w for more information, read blog post: Your Singer MISSED the Concert......What do we do?
  • The story:

    This brand new work was written for the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High Schools Summer Choral Clinic of 2015, under the guest conductor, Mr. Ron Meixsell. Since this is the only time throughout the year that our choir performs a concert in a church, Psalm 4 was chosen as the text.  I wanted to use a biblical text but one that was non-denominational. This humbling text speaks to me as one of longing for an answer. It is about having faith that our questions will be answered when we believe, and each and every time, our patience and soul searching brings us comfort. Answer Me When I Call is melodic, diatonic and rhythmically attainable. It has a lingering chord that is the focus of the entire piece; the chord of do, fa, sol is the eternal question and the search for comfort  The shape of the line and the musical interpretation of the text makes this a touching and relatable story for choir members and audience members alike. The harmonies are modern and sophisticated yet the piece maintains a feel that transcends time.

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    Purchase via PayPal/Credit Card and instantly receive a downloadable PDF of this product that can be duplicated for your entire ensemble.
    Please read my blog, The Best Ear-Training Exercise You Will Ever Use, to learn how to implement this exercise within an ensemble, in small groups, one-on-one, with beginners, and even with advanced singers.
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    Backstory: I was inspired to write this piece during the #metoo movement, as it began to unfold. As a strive to be a role model for my students, this is a topic that runs far deeper than what we see and hear each and every day. Our young adults need to be believe that their beauty shines from within them. They need to believe that they are connected with one another and are never alone. They need to believe in themselves and share there beautiful hearts and souls with the world. When they truly believe that their beauty radiates from inside, they will shine through any dark cloud.
  • DOWNLOAD INSTANTLY AS BOTH PDF AND EDITABLE WORD DOCUMENT (change the guidelines to suit your ensemble)  

    The biggest problem even seasoned teachers face revolves around handling behavior.

    Do you want to Redirect students who aren't following your Guidelines without impacting your schedule?

    This one-page Re-Direction Form will help students who aren't following your Guidelines!

      This one-page Behavioral Re-Direction form is intended to:
    1. Make it easy to follow-through with a system to Re-direct student behavior that doesn't meet your rehearsal guidelines
    2. Re-direct students in a fair and consistent way
    3. Improve student's behavior
    4. Involve parents when necessary
    5. Create minimal work and time for the teacher and/or administrators
  • The story:

    This original piece is intended to uplift the spirit and unify us together. It should be sung rhythmically throughout. It opens with the feeling of the earth spinning. The verses explain the inner complexity that we as individual faces on a daily basis and how we need to awaken our spirit in order to overcome life's obstacles. The choruses unify the singers and the world as we become voice. The percussion is a reminder that life moves us forward and it is up to us to jump on board and take the journey that we have been given. Together, every heartbeat brings us closer, gives us faith and hope to carry on.
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    This is my most recent choir handbook in editable form.   Here is what is included: -an editable copy of my Handbook in Microsoft Word with commentary for your personalized changes -a copy of the Behavior Re-direction form that is listed in the handbook. This is what you can give to students who don't follow your rules/guidelines. (also sold separately) -a list of 20+ Guidelines (Rules) to choose from - all of which are concise, clear, and worded positively. -copy of my 2018-2019 Treble Choir Handbook as a PDF   Please read: How to Write A Choir Handbook; Everything you need to know! https://www.choralclarity.com/how-to-write-a-choir-handbook-everything-you-need-to-know/  
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    This 10 question choral midterm is the most effective way to measure the success of our students. This midterm will require no studying or preparation on the part of our students. It will, however, require some reflective thinking. Oh and one more important thing: This exam is NOT for your singers........it's for you

    In taking this 10 Question Midterm, we must evaluate the progress of ALL OF OUR STUDENTS in ALL OF OUR CHOIRS; this includes the students in our select ensemble, beginner ensemble and any ensemble in between. How all students in our program are doing is the true assessment of how impactful we truly are as a teacher.

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    PDF and Editable WORD DOCUMENT is provided! - one purchase is for unlimited usage within your ensemble This is a detailed officer application that helps to ensure the correct students are chosen to be officers of your ensemble. The application requires the submission of a resume, cover letter, evaluation of their potential time commitment, skills/desires, and self-reflection on their previous performance within our choral program. Special Bonus: A "voting" ballot that will allow all students to give qualitative input about each candidate

    Check out the corresponding blog post: Why Choir Elections Are a Bad Idea!

       
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    Available for instant download! This simple, customizable spreadsheet could be used within a one-teacher choral program or shared between multiple teachers/feeder schools in order to prevent attrition between schools.. This simple, adaptable spreadsheet if used in google sheets will allow multiple teachers to communicate with one another in one place regarding potential continuing students.
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    Do you want an easy and efficient way to voice your choir? This product is downloadable as an excel form that is fully adaptable to your choir. Included is:
    • a fully editable sheet for Women & Men (separate)
    • sample voicing sheets (actually recorded data with fake names) for both men and women to demonstrate how the digital form can be filled out.
    Please read: How to Voice Your Choir Quickly & Effectively to gain a firm understanding of how to use these forms to become effective and efficient in voicing your choir! Note: While the form is best used in it's digital form, it can be easily printed out and hand-written.
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    Adam Paltrowitz gives workshops across the country and around the world via Skype and Google Hangouts. Coaching sessions will help choral directors and music teachers to be more effective in their preparation, approach, goal-setting, and achievement. For more information on coaching topics, please click here  
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    Consequence Form

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    DOWNLOAD INSTANTLY AS BOTH PDF AND EDITABLE WORD DOCUMENT (change the guidelines to suit your ensemble) This One-Page Consequence form is intended to:
    1. Make it easy to follow-through with consequences
    2. Make consequences fair and consistent
    3. Improve student's behavior
    4. Involve parents when necessary
    5. Create minimal work and time for the teacher and/or administrators
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    The piece is uplifting, a-cappella, a great opener, and super-easy to learn! See description below
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    Download for free! This is a standard, singable, a-cappella arrangement of "Deck the Halls".  It is intended for caroling. Click here for 14 tips to enhance your caroling day experience!  
  • This is the famous round that can be performed in 3 parts. It can be sung in three part treble voices, three part tenor/basses voices, or a mixture.   Provided:
    1. A one-page round with the entrances clearly notated
    2. A three-page version with the parts written out, and an ending where all parts finish together on a 3-part chord
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    This is a simple, yet creative arrangement of "Dreidel". This is a shortened arrangement of Dreidel (SATB), intended for the purpose of caroling. *note that the sheet music is abbreviated and the recording is the full version. The carol is approximately 1 minute long. Click here for 14 tips to enhance your caroling day experience!  
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    This SATB/Unaccompanied arrangement is a lot of fun to sing and to watch.  There are very few happy, uptempo songs for Hanukkah.  This is a winner. It is easy to learn and adds humor and diversity to any holiday program and will be a real crowd pleaser!  This piece can also be sung when caroling by eliminating the last section, or it can be attached to the end of the famous “Carol of the Bells” as seen in the linked video below.