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Items by Eloise Porter

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Comment: Re: Getting individual voice lessons in the school day
I would love to know where you are that you have the kind of program you have.  When I taught briefly in Vermont, the instrumental teacher was able to give private/semi-private lessons as you describe in M.S. and H.S.  In California--at least So. California--no one has ever heard of that.  Furthe...
Comment: Re: songs about birds for a unison children's choir
Mrs. Jenny Wren by Arthur Baynon published by Boosey is lovely, if still in print.  In Vaughan Williams Songs of the Four Seasons, there is the English Folk Song 'Cuckoo'--very beautiful, in a minor key.  It is short, paired with 'Summer is a-comin' in'  You might be able to pair it with the Brit...
Comment: Re: SSAA or SSA piece that will WOW audience
Las Amarillas--arr. Hatfield, pub. Boosey, SSA  a capella   Tricky cross rhythms, body percussion--great piece worth the effort.   Eloise Porter voice101@gmail.com
Comment: Re: A cappella music for treble choir aged 13-16
Basil the Cat--Valerie Shields (SSA) The Drunken Sailor--arr. Betty Bertaux (5-part--ostinatos) Hashivenu--Hebrew round arr. Rao I'm Goin' Home on a Cloud--Spiritual arr. Susan Taylor-Howell (SSAA) Kikkehihi--Johann Hermann Schein (Mary Goetze) SSA Ladybird--Kodaly (SSA) Lift Thine Eyes--Mende...
Comment: Re: Children's Choir songs about STARS
Imant Raminsh:  Song of the Stars--2 part published Boosey & Hawkes.  Native American text.  Has some challenges and changing meters, but I did this in a December concert with my auditioned Children's Choir with 3 months of rehearsal.  Great piece--hope it's still in print.   Eloise Porte...
Comment: Re: Body Mics for Teaching
I have used my chattervox daily for close to 10 years teaching general music everyday in the auditorium--no speaker system to plug into.  A lapel mic system probably sounds better, but short of that, the chattervox is great.  I charge it once over the weekend and the charge lasts for a week.  Whe...
Comment: Re: The "New Voice Type" coming to our choruses
Lots of wonderful ideas in this thread.  I want to point out that no one has mentioned how the lack of elementary school vocal training impacts these children.  I know there are many places that have eliminated elementary school vocal music, and have decided that the only 'music' children need is ...
Comment: Re: Student who doesn't sing -- he fries instead ?
Also a late reply, but if you only meet twice/week and he doesn't sing along with the radio outside of school, is this a case where he was just dumped into your class, or did he choose to be there?  That makes a whole lot of difference in how you approach the situation.  If he actually chose to be...
Comment: Re: Looking for Holiday Partner Music
Jill Gallina has several Christmas partner songs.  Here's a couple of good ones:   Winter Fantasy (with Jingle Bells) is published in some of the music series texts in grade 4 Happy Winter (with Frosty the Snowman)   You might also check out "Santa Makes the Rounds" by Janet Gardener--all tr...
Comment: Re: When musical notation gets in the way
Another solution is to create or find recorded practice tracks--one for each part.  There are companies that do this for certain works already.  You could also add 30 min. to each rehearsal to teach basic concepts and sight-singing skills to those who can't read music.  Maybe you could make those...
Comment: Re: How to teach singers who didn't have a good foundation
All these people have had good suggestions, but no one has suggested playing recordings or YouTube videos for them.  Find some really great videos of kids their age--check out the ACDA YouTube channel.  How about Eric Whitacre's virtual choir?  I see my young elementary kids excited and amazed to...
Comment: Re: Solfege books for emerging 7th and 8th grade music students
When I was teaching middle school and directing a community choir of that age 10 years ago I used Nancy Telfer's books, Successful Sight Singing.  The exercises are in 2 parts and come with words which can be used, or they can be used with solfege or numbers.  The books teach musical concepts alon...
Comment: Re: Help new choir! elementary school!
I teach 4th-5th choirs for Los Angeles Elementary schools and used to run a community children's choir.  Unison, rounds, partner songs and descants are best to begin with.  Here are some suggestions, including some holiday music.  Anything 2-part can be sung in unison.  Give them some tradition...
Comment: Re: 5-7 grade choir rep. help, $0.00 budget, 45 students. HELP!!
Hi Jeff-- Music K-8 has lots of 'junk' and a few cute things.  Much of the music is pitched lower than it should be for treble voices.  If you have changed voices/changing voices, as you probably do, it will have little to help you.  CPDL is a good option but may not have a lot of choice for the...
Comment: Re: Anyone using Music Staff White/Blackboards anymore?
The best board with staff lines (permanent) is from Marsh Industries.  You can google staff-lined white boards.  School Outfitters have the best price I have found, starting at $825. (Of course, then you have to pay the shipping which probably adds a lot!)  Best to get plain on one side and staff...
Comment: Re: Opinions on "Movable Tonic," a sight-singing method
Well, this could be an interesting discussion.  How is movable Do or movable tonic any different than teaching key signatures, scales, and intervals?  If you don't use solfege, you can use numbers 1-8, but then you can't accomodate altered tones in the scale.  A key signature is meaningless unles...
Comment: Re: Using an iPad for conducting
Wow!  This is so interesting.  The learning curve concerns me--any program or app you learn electronically takes time to learn and practice to retain.  Ken speaks of being able to see the entire score, but you still have to turn pages and an ipad screen is smaller than a printed score.  I am a m...
Comment: Re: Voice problems
I totally agree with Marie on the speaking pitch.  I am also a lyric soprano with a masters degree in vocal performance currently teaching elementary music.  I had a vocal node surgically removed years ago with great success (acquired from teaching) and spent time with a speech therapist who worke...
Comment: Re: ACDA Seeking New R&S Leaders
Is there a job description? Thank you! Eloise Porter voice101@gmail.com
Comment: Re: Singing With Children in General Music
Try playing a melody in their range on the piano, then in your range and then together, in octaves.  Then a CD with children's voices, while they sing along.  Add your voice in it's natural range and compare with what they heard on the piano.  The recorder is also a good idea.  Just attended a w...
Comment: Re: British Invasion
Roger Emerson has published a medly entitled "Love is all you need--a tribute to the Beatles" (Hal Leonard)  It has a variety, some of which could be sing-along.  It could also be broken up and a full version of a Beatles song inserted.    Eloise Porter voice101@gmail.com
Comment: Re: When you hear "Glee club," what do you think of?
Thanks, John, for the history.  Glee Club to me immediately conjures up the Occidental College Glee Clubs (men's and women's) where I sang with Howard Swan in the 60's.  The groups rehearsed both separately and together, but performed as the top group at the college.  The 60-member group was de...
Comment: Re: Amateur choirs in Los Angeles
Hi Tom-- David gave you lots of good suggestions.  Here's a couple more, and some comments:   Angel City Chorale.  If you google them now, there site says they are holding auditions.  That would probably be a group within a reasonable commute of Venice.  They do a lot of community servi...
Comment: Re: 1st-5th grade chorus
Hi Erica-- These are all good suggestions, but I'm afraid I have to disasgree with Donna.  I find that there is little of quality in Music K-8 and it is usually pitched too low for good singing training for children that age.  There are some exceptions, of course, and I have used some.  If yo...
Comment: Re: National Children's Chorus?
As a person living in LA who has founded and run a children's choir and teaches music in the elementary schools, I follow the children's choir scene fairly closely here.  I have heard this group in the past and, at that time, the focus was more like the English cathedral choirs, but using girls A...
Comment: Re: I Will Bring You Brooches.... meaning
The sheet music says that Stevenson described the book these words came from as 'songs of travel' written in the south seas.  To me, the words seem to be an invitation to join him on the road to make memories of the sights and sounds of nature.  Is it a man proposing to a woman?  That idea migh...
Comment: Re: GUEST BLOG: "Stop Teaching Karoke," by Carl J Ferrara
There is nothing better or more valuable to a choral conductor than a fine accompanist.  However, when we have NO BUDGET AT ALL in our schools for an accompanist, we are stuck.  And a piano accompaniment track that you record yourself is better than having a poor accompanist--the parent who come...
Comment: Re: Treble piece with orchestra for 8th grade girls choir
Hard to know the difficulty level the orchestra can play. Check out "To Music" arr. Betty Bertaux, published Boosey.  There are string parts available.  Unison with descant--lovely. You might consider "Laudamus Te" from Vivaldi's Gloria--SA and strings.  Also, there are a some pieces i...
Comment: Re: Elementary repertoire for fourth and fifth graders to perform at a conference
Jim Papoulis--Oye!  Fabulous song in Eng and Sp.  Can be done with some 'choralography.'  Great message for kids.  Can be simplified, if you don't want to do all the harmony.  Accompaniment track available with piano & percussion.  Middle section is 3 part ostinatos, ending with only per...
Comment: Re: Managing the paper in children's choirs
At school I use the same method as Donna.  However, we copy 'lead sheets'--just the choral lines.  Easier for the kids to understand.  My children's chorus, on the other hand, always had the original octavos.  Pocket folders were not sufficient for the amount of music they were doing, so there...
Comment: Re: Kodaly vs. Choral Conducting Master's
Dear Rebecca--   I founded and directed a community children's choir for many years, but also taught and continue to teach elementary general music.  The Kodaly training is transformative for your approach to teaching music literacy in both the classroom and a choral setting.  There is also...
Comment: Re: Middle School General Music Curriculum
Dear Arielle, There are some wonderful suggestions here!  However, no one has mentioned recorder.  I'm interested to know why.  If you have keyboards or guitars, that's great, but if you have to purchase something, recorders are very inexpensive.  Ed Sueta-Macie Publishing has book/recorder/...
Comment: Re: 93% Caucasian
In response to Julia's post, as a music educator I belong to ACDA, NAfMe (MENC), OAKE, and this year, AOSA--close to $400 when I count it all up.  I wait to the end every year to see if I have the funds to do that.  How beneficial to what I do currently (elementary music), is any of these?  I a...
Comment: Re: "Choral Music Experience" Summer Courses
It has been about 25 years since I spent my first summer at CME.  Three summers formed and informed my conducting, the way I teach children to sing, the repertoire I use, and how I analyze the score.   It is also a great place to meet other conductors and just be inspired.  I wish I could have...
Comment: Re: Seeking two-part repertoire that is dead easy and sounds decent
Kathy--   Here are a few more suggestions--sorry, I don't have all the publisher's handy.    Do Di Li--Unison + Descant, arr. Doreen Rao, pub. Boosey & Hawkes (text of this is NOT Hanukah--from Song of Solomon)   Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnning--Greg Gilpin, SA--Alto part ...
Comment: Re: CURRICULUM SOS!
Lauren-- You don't say what grade level you are working with.  Also, is this a general music class or a chorus?  You need to be more specific to get the most helpful responses.   Best wishes, Eloise Porter voice101gmail.com
Comment: Re: Head voice issues
There are some children that have a physical problem.  There are children who develop a node on their vocal folds at an early age for mis-use or some other medical issue or they may have another vocal fold issue.  If I run across a child like you describe, I first determine if they can match pit...
Comment: Re: Children's resonance and vibrato
Dear Kirsten-- I totally agree with you--a dry, straight, airy (lifeless) sound doesn't serve the child or the music. However, the link you provided to YouTube does not sound like a children's choir--more like mature High School or Women.  For children, this kind of tone does not sound healthy,...
Comment: Re: Real boys don't sing soprano
I agree--this is totally stupid.  The SATB Boys Choir is a solution, but there are too few of these around. Honor Choirs should include both changed, changing and unchanged boys voices in Middle School grades.  It might seem strange to do so at the HS level, although there might be a few boys un...
Comment: Re: National Anthem Too Violent for Goshen College
Good for them!  What will they play/sing instead?  I have always thought that America the Beautiful should be our National Anthem.  But then, Mennonites have been consciencious objectors in all our wars, I believe.  Could they create a trend for a 'peaceful' anthem?   Eloise Porter ...
Comment: Re: Who are your favorite Children's music composers?
Again, look for editors and publishers, including previous suggestions:  Henry Leck, Doreen Rao, Ruth Watson Henderson, Betty Bertaux, Mary Goetze all have great series.  Boosey and Hawkes, Colla Voce, Choristers Guild (for church choirs), Oxford all have good resources.  Children deserve the b...
Comment: Re: RE: Madame Jeannette
I sang this piece in Jr. Hi. in the late 50's in Los Angeles and loved it--SSA.  Wish I had a copy. Eloise Porter
Comment: Re: Suggestions for children's chorale "Open Sing"
I used to open the season of the ENCORE Children's Chorus with a meeting for parents.  While the parents met and got info about the choir from my lead parent or business manager, I took the children and taught them a song--sometimes a round, sometimes a unison song with a descant that children pr...
Concert: Holiday Concert from a new Women's Chorus in Los Angeles
Who:  LACESMA Women's Chorale, What:  Music for the Holidays When:  Thursday, December 2, 7:00 PM Where:  Wilshire Park Elementary School, 4063 Ingraham St., Los Angeles 90010 (Multi-purpose room)   This new group directed by Eloise Porter is comprised of Los Angeles Un...
Comment: Re: Angel Band
According to the Music Series textbook (Share the Music, Macmillan, 1995), Angel Band is a South Carolina folk song.  A simple chorded accompaniment is best with kinder and pre-K voices.  Also good to have the children play rhythm instruments along with the refrain, or do one refrain only using ...
Concert: Holiday Concert from a new Women's Chorus in Los Angeles
Who:  LACESMA Women's Chorale, What:  Music for the Holidays When:  Thursday, December 2, 7:00 PM Where:  Wilshire Park Elementary School, 4063 Ingraham St., Los Angeles 90010 (Multi-purpose room)   This new group directed by Eloise Porter is comprised of Los Angeles Unified Element...
Comment: Re: Advice needed - my choir is grades 3-8, meets once/wk.
Dear Traci-- It sounds like you have great ideas.  I might give you some feedback with a little more information.  Is this a public or private school?  Does the group meet outside of school time? (sounds like it)  Did you get to audition these kids or do you have whoever volunteered?  Are t...
Comment: Re: Scholarship policies for a youth/children's choir
Dear Elena-- I'd be very interested in the replies you receive.  I am not currently running a children's chorus, but did for many years and would like to start again.  I still have documents we used  for apps, etc.  We found that full scholarships didn't work--people don't value what they don't ...
Concert: Karl Jenkins "Stabat Mater", Pasadena, CA
Friday, April 2, at 7:30 PM.  Pre-Concert lecture at 7:00 Pasadena Presbyterian Church 585 E. Colorado Blvd. (at Madison Ave.) Admission is free (freewill offering)   The Kirk Choir, Pasadena Singers, soloists and Friends of Music orchestra directed by Timothy Howard present this interesting and u...
Comment: Re: Teaching Descending triads to 3rd Grade Students
Hi Candice-- Do you have a music series you are using?  These songs come from Making Music (Silver Burdett) and Share the Music (Macmillan).  Many pentatonic songs include descending triads So-Mi-Do.   Rocky Mountain-both descending and ascending: L-S-M-D and D-M-S-L (MM-2 and STM-3) Mama Paquita...