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America Cantat 8 – A Confluence of Inspiration

August 27, 2016 -

AC8: It takes a village… Highlights from America Cantat 8 Over ten days, singers of all ages and abilities participate in overlapping five-day-long workshops, led

Hey guys! I am a new choral director and am currently teaching at a middle school so I see 6th-8th grades. I am in the process of finalizing my song selections for the semester, but am also looking to grow our small music library. Can you give me some suggestions on quality pieces for middle school that won't bore to t point of me losing them? Along with that, maybe even some of your tips for helping me get better at discerning between quality pieces of music and ones that are not? Thank you!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Gena WiltshireHey Austin! I had some pieces in mind for you but I don't have all the info with me. So I'm going to say most things by Kirby Shaw, Greg Gilpin, and Audrey Snyder are usually amazing. The first thing I do when listening to pieces is I ask myself would I want to sing this? Does it make me go: "oh yeah! This sounds awesome." If not then I don't choose it. JW Pepper has the editor's list which usually has great pieces! I recommend looking at those first. Also pedagogy wise I tell my middle school teachers that I need then to be comfortable with three part music by the time they graduate 8th grade so they are ready for my harder music in high school. I'll try to get you the list of songs for you! Good luck!!

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