Music Ed Mentor Podcast #76: Choral Techniques for the Non-Chorally Trained Teacher

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Most music educators are a little burned out when it comes to online teaching and worrying about what next school year is going to look like. One of the best things you can do right now is focus on some personal and professional development. If you’re going to have to adapt your classroom to other varieties on topics of teaching, you may as well give it a go when you don’t have to do it with students in the classroom!

That’s why I chose to treat you to this episode where I bring on the formidable and inspiring Christine Bass—one of the most prolific adjudicators and clinicians in the choral world (and for good reason). If you’re looking for practical ways to improve yourself as a singer, and improve your students as singers, you won’t find a more practical approach than what she will provide in this episode.

Think of today as a sort of break from all of that worry and stress about next school year and just take this as a chance to work on some pedagogy. After all, our voice is the one instrument we can take with us all of the time.

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Topics Covered:

  • You wanted to be a secondary instrumental teacher, only the job you got is K5 and secondary choral. What now?
  • Ensuring you, as the teacher, have singing ability
  • Using your hands: they’re more expressive than the baton
  • The Alexander Technique
  • Tips, tricks, and specific warm-ups that help develop voices
  • How to pick repertoire for a variety of ensembles

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Elisa Janson Jones

An experienced K8 music educator, Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. She holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Design.

Elisa uses her vast and diverse skill set to help nonprofits, businesses, and music educators around the world. She serves as conductor of her local community band, a columnist for SBO Magazine, and maintains a private lesson studio. Elisa is an internationally-recognized speaker, and has presented at national, state, and local conferences as well. She is the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the Society for Online Music Education, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive and The Music Booster Manual.

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