Incorporating improvisation into a choral rehearsal in meaningful and effective ways can often be an intimidating and frustrating process. In this clinic session, participants will experience a wide variety of improvisatory and aleatoric activities appropriate for middle- and upper-level choral ensembles. The clinician will share games, rhythmic activities, movement activities, and melodic improvisation ideas that will enliven your choral rehearsals, while strengthening individual musicianship and encouraging esprit de corps.
Come and join in an interactive session exploring the effective role that non-verbal communication has in a choral rehearsal. The clinician will demonstrate and discuss ways that we can create exciting musical moments with our singers, exclusively through gesture. As choral conductors, we share varied levels of experience and our singers represent a wide range of abilities and musical knowledge. How can we effectively show the most inexperienced singers our musical vision of a piece, when they don't know all of the formal terminology written on the page? Together, the clinician and participants will engage in exercises and active conversation as they explore the world of non-verbal communication in choral singing and the tools one can use to achieve some wonderfully musical moments with any group of singers.
Music Learning Theory (MLT), developed through the research of Dr. Edwin Gordon, is a powerful tool in improving our students’ audiation skills. In this interactive session, the presenter will demonstrate some basic tenets and how they can play out in the choral classroom. Come and learn how your students can become “sound musicians” using time-tested and research-based strategies!
Those attending this clinic will participate in a variety of rehearsal techniques which increase mental and auditory focus in the singer. The ideas and exercises are drawn from many workshops such as this one, as well as from observing honor choir rehearsals which have provided valuable insights from outstanding choral conductors. The emphasis will be on ear training through accessible and effective means. Content will be available in hard copy and/or online. I look forward to seeing you at CASMEC '23!
We teach how we were taught! How do we continue to break down the barriers of the canon many of us learned and continue to share with our singers? This session will explore expanding the Western canon, focusing on women and BIPOC composers over the past 500 years who we will continue to perform, celebrate, and learn from. In addition to reading through scores and providing resources for use in rehearsals, accessible performance practice issues and critical historical implications will be discussed.
Shelley Durbin and Jonathan Grantham will share their strategies for equipping students to raise their engagement and awareness levels in rehearsals, allowing students to become full partners in directing learning environments, activities, and achievements. Implementation of the strategies explained and explored will lead to student outcomes such as deep and sustained interest, the development and application of informed aesthetic judgments, and more efficient and enjoyable rehearsals on the parts of both teachers and students. Most importantly, successful use of these strategies will lead students to ask for more.