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Items by Terry Barham

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Comment: Re: Building community in H.S. Treble Choir
Bruce,   Plan a mother/daughter choir.   In ChorTeach (acda.org/publications), you'll find a superb article in Vol 6, #3, Spring 2014:     The Mother/Daughter Choir: A Unique Experience for Your High School Women's Choir by Carol Earnhardt   See what you think.   Terry
Comment: Re: Mixed level all boys choir vs. same level mixed gender choir in middle school
There's one good answer:  put your intermediate and beginning boys together.   The  experienced guys will be models for the younger ones!       
Comment: Re: How to get middle school boys interested in singing?
Aria,   A rousing, short, fun canon will connect with your guys.  Text:    Oh Missus Shady, she was a lady. She had a daughter whom I adored.  I went to greet her, I mean her daughter, every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday half past four.  Send me your email ad...
Comment: Re: Conference Morsel: Retaining Young Male Singers
Julian,   So eloquently stated, so true, so helpful!   Write a manual!!!   Terry Barham
Comment: Re: Best Resources for Teaching the Changing Voice
Rachel,   What you are facing is what many others in the teaching field have faced and overcome.  There are a number of fine resources-- and Patrick Freer is one of the leading authorities, along with Henry Leck.  I recommend you take a look at my book, Strategies for Teaching Junior High &...
Comment: Re: beginning male choir repertoire
Rebecca,   Here's my most recent list of recommended music for MS/JH boys.  Congrats on having so many guys!  And you are building a program--wonderful!     Yonder Come Day, three-part, arr. Judith Tuker, Plank Road Publishing The Battle Cry of Freedom, TB, George Root, arr. Cole, Santa B...
Comment: Re: Looking for Notation Software advice
I don't know of any debacle -- Avid Inc. now owns Sibelius.  Sibelius is not drying up and blowing away.   
Comment: Re: Looking for Notation Software advice
I use Sibelius 7.1  and love it.  I've used Sibelius for many years. I highly recommend your considering it!!!!        
Comment: Re: Beginning Middle School 3-part music
Kyle,   I've had excellent success with the following 3-part/SAB music:   This Little Light of Mine, 3-part mixed, arr. Neil Johnson, Hal Leonard 42320010 Can You Hear, SAB, Jim Papoulis,  Boosey & Hawkes 48005164 Sing a Jubilant Song, 3-part mixed, Dave & Jean Perry, Alfred 5795 Wh...
Comment: Re: Favorite SATB for younger high school choir
Can You Hear,  SATB,  Jim Papoulis, Hal Leonard/Boosey & Hawkes 48005129 (with cool percussion) The Bells, SATB, Frank Ahrold,  J Fischer/Belwin-Mills 9729-6 (Edgar Allen Poe text) Rattle on the Stovepipe (Three Canadian Folk Songs), SATB,  arr. D. Coakley, Leslie Music Inc. LESC119 The R...
Comment: Re: Choral Music Based on Canons, Ostinati, and Part Songs for Middle Schoolers
Andrew,   I've recommended a fun canon to several others.  You/your kids would love it.  Title: Missus Shady   Oh Missus Shady, she was a lady; she had a daughter whom I adored; I went to court her, I mean her daughter, every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday hal...
Comment: Re: Easy but fun pieces for new choral program
Rachael,   A really fun, energetic canon, Missus Shady, is a must!   Text:  Oh Missus Shady, she was a lady; she had a daughter whom I adored; I went to meet her, I mean her daughter, every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday half past four.   Send me your email a...
Comment: Re: Teacher Resource Books
Evoking Sound--Fundamentals of Choral Conducting and Rehearsing,  James Jordan,  GIA Publications  Choral Conducting--A Symposium,  Harold Decker & Julius Herford, Prentice-Hall Inc. Choral Conducting--Focus on Communication,  Harold Decker & Colleen Kirk, Waveland Press Inc.
Comment: Re: Med. Easy TTBB repertoire
Thomas,   Check out several arrangements at Santa Barbara Music Publishers (www.sbmp.com).  All are relatively easy, especially Vive L'Amour and The Battle Cry of Freedom.   Vive L'Amour,  TTBB, arr. Barham  Santa Barbara Music 457 The Battle Cry of Freedom, TB, arr. Cole  Santa Barbara M...
Comment: Re: Quintessential a cappella pieces?
choral works of James MacMillan (e.g. Tremunt Videntes Angeli) .   Go to Spotify.com (free) and type in his name to find music like Christus Vincit.   A few other greats with some magnificent a cappella choral music:  Benjamin Britten (Hymn to St. Cecilia, esp.), Palestrina, Thomas Tallis, Orla...
Comment: Re: mid-19th century/Civil War era songs
Richard,   Though it's not SATB but TB, you should consider "The Battle Cry of Freedom"  Goerge F. Root, arr. by Jason Cole,  Santa Barbara Music 1101.   This is the rousing song you heard in the movie, Lincoln: A Team of Rivals.  You can look at it/listen at www.sbmp.com Hymn settings woul...
Comment: Re: Classroom management, first year middle school choir director
Jen,   The comments you've already received are certain to help you right now.  Thanks for reaching out.  ChoralNet is a wonderful resource for all of us teachers!       Knowing that you have an opportunity to start all over again with classroom management next fall, I urge you to read Jas...
Comment: Re: Suggested rep for building middle school program
Monica,   There's a series with Santa Barbara Music Publishers (www.sbmp.com) dedicated to quality literature for middle school choirs --Terry Barham's series.  Here are a few of the titles written/arranged expressly for JH/MS singers:  Down by the Riverside (SATB), Workin' on the Railroad (TTB...
Comment: Re: Urgent help on the Adolecent Male Voice!
Brianna, There's a list of 41 middle school master teachers (choral) who contributed loads of materials to my book, Strategies for Teaching Junior High/Middle School Male Singers--Master Teachers Speak (Santa Barbara Music).  Check your library and try to contact choral directors in your city and ...
Comment: Re: New Music for TTBB
Mark,   I did a TTBB arrangement of Workin' on the Railroad with piano and solo trombone (or a scat solo for voice) that my university guys loved.   We sang it on tour in your beautiful country just before I retired in 2010.      Workin' on the Railroad, TTBB, Santa Barbara Music Publ...
Comment: Re: Middle School Repertoire
Galen,   There's an annotated list of 220+ works, including all genre and voicings (SATB, TB, TTB, TBB, SSA, SA, etc.) for middle school/junior high choirs in Strategies for Working with Junior High/Middle School Male Singers--Master Teachers Speak, Santa Barbara Music,  by Terry Barham.   ...
Comment: Re: Books on Cambiata Voices?
Joel,   So glad you are looking for information about cambiata voices in MS choirs.  It's an important topic.    For girls' voices:  "Finding Ophelia's Voice--Opening Opehlia's Heart" by Lynne Gackle, Heritage Music Press.   For boys' voices (I'm tooting my own horn.): (a) "Strategies ...
Announcement: "Missus Shady" canon for MS (and HS) singers
Want a copy of a fun canon that kids love?  "Missus Shady" is a must!  Text: "Oh Missus Shady, she was a lady.  She had a daughter whom I adored.  I went to court her, I mean her daughter, every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, half past four."  Email me:  barh...
Community Forum Post: Common Core national standards for MS music classes
Hello everyone,   I have a good friend, a highly experienced and successful MS choral teacher here in Kansas, who is puzzling (fuming?) over her principal's request that she (and all teachers at her middle school) adopt the Common Core standards in her choir classes.  How have you who have m...
Forum message: choral arranging class
Would any of you who have taught choral arranging at the college level be willing to share your syllabus with me?  I'm teaching a one-semester course this fall and already have one colleague's syllabus but would love to see how other choral arranging teachers have structured the course.  We'll h...
Comment: Re: Authentic Classical Repertoire for Middle School?
David,   There are classical pieces, but finding them just takes digging.  I don't think you should avoid classical choral works just because they've been edited/arranged to fit today's choirs.  There are fine works that are faithful to the original composers yet have been edited/arranged. ...
Comment: Re: Music Standards in the Choral Classroom
Susanna,   Great topic!   Here are two articles from ChorTeach, ACDA's online magazine for choral educators.   The authors address how one can teach teach students based on specific national standards and concepts.   Go to www.acda.org/publications/chorteach and you will find:   a. Us...
Comment: Re: Choir and Organ repertoire
Kodaly   Laudes Organi -- superb work!   (Boosey & Hawkes, I believe) 
Comment: Re: Favorite Lassus pieces
Justorum Animae, SSATB    incredible motet!
Comment: Re: I get a new choir room! What do I NEED?
Congratulations!   Some thoughts for your rehearsal room:  a couple of computer stations with music notation software (I prefer Sibelius), music theory software, ear training software, choral music library software (you can use Microsoft Access and design your own--it's not difficult to set up a...
Comment: Re: Technology in the High School Choral Classroom
Ashleigh,   Two high school directors talk about how they use technology in their choir programs in ChorTeach (ACDA's online magazine) articles you should read:   (a) Using Social Media and Technology to Strengthen Your Choral Program, Vol 3 #3 Spring 2011 (b) Facebook, Email, and Twit...
Comment: Re: Head voice issues
Never turn a good kid with a good attitude away from a training/beginning choir in elementary, middle or high school. Patience, encouragement, and creativity on your part will make the difference.    Here's a fine article you should check out online in ACDA's online maga...
Comment: Re: So many choices with Spotify
Spotify is an amazing resource.  I love it.   Being retired, I don't concern myself with the teaching aspects it offers.  Thanks for telling us about the play lists.  I didn't know they existed.  
Comment: Re: MIddle School Chorus
Dear Snezana,   I, too, started teaching and didn't know what to do to "control" my choirs.  But I did get the "management" thing figured out (you are the captain of the ship) and things worked out just fine.   Please read any or all of the following articles found in ChorTeach, ACDA's ...
Comment: Re: Choral Albums you cannot live without
John,   Absolutely love:   Brahms Geistliche Chormusik (Sacred Choral Music)  by RIAS Kammelrchor      Marcus Creed Messe Es-Dur (Mass in E flat)  by Schubert     Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart    Helmuth Rilling Voce  (Durufle, Lassus, Purcell, CHH Parry, Schubert)   Choir...
Comment: Re: Middle school boys' transition voices
Brian,   There's a fine resource for vocalises and working with boys' changing, changed and unchanged voices you might want to check out:  Strategies for Teaching Junior High/Middle School Male Singers--Master Teachers Speak, published by Santa Barbara Music.   In Chapter V, vocalises submi...
Comment: Re: Choral Caffeine: Thanksgiving 2011
Scott,   What a wonderful message.   Gratitude uplifts and heals us in so many ways.  Yes, we must pull away from our usual pursuits and take time to be truly thankful at Thanksgiving and every day of our lives.   Terry    Terry Barham
Comment: Re: Banning Sinful Lifestyles from the workplace
Shocking and sad.   Such actions are what Harvard theologian Harvey Cox (in The Future of Faith, a fantastic book) describes as creed-obsessed, dogma-without-the-true-spirit  type of Christianity.   I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wonders about what has happened to faith in the pas...
Comment: Re: writing a thesis about festival preparation and rehearsal planning...please help!!
Dear King Ho,   Oops, I was wrong about one item in my previous post on that article you might find helpful.  "Preparing for Festival/Honor Choirs" is in Vol. 3 #4 of ChorTeach, not Vol. 4 #1.   Here's that web address again:  www.acda.org/publications/chorteach   My best to you as yo...
Comment: Re: writing a thesis about festival preparation and rehearsal planning...please help!!
Dear King Ho,   For practical ideas on how you (or any conductor) can prepare for conducting festival choirs, you could take a look at "Preparing for Festival/Honor Choirs: One Conductor's Perspective" in ACDA's online magazine, ChorTeach, Vol. 4 #1 (Fall 2011) by yours truly.   Go to www.ac...
Comment: Re: High School TTB/TBB Literature
Doug,   I've had excellent success with these works:   Workin' on the Railroad, TTBB, arr. Barham, Santa Barbara 937 Vive L'Amour, TTBB, arr. Barham,  Santa Barbara 457 Down in the Valley, TB, arr. Berry, Santa Barbara 510 I've Got Peace Like a River, TBB, arr. Berry, Santa Barbar...
Comment: Re: ACDA's Web Presence
YES!   Buying the acda.org name was extremely wise!
Comment: Re: First Timer
Anna,   I've had lots of success with JH/MS unbalanced choirs with these two works:   Praise the Lord (from Judas Maccabeus), Handel, arr. Hopson, SAB,  Shawnee press/Harold Flammer D5225 Can You Hear, SAB, Jim Papoulis, Boosey & Hawkes, M 051 474981  (very African sounding work)...
Comment: Re: "cool" and easy men's a capella repertoire
Take a look at Workin' on the Railroad, TTBB, a funky and fun arrangement I just did last spring. Not difficult.   My guys loved it and the girls did too!   Santa Barbara Music.  www.sbmp.com     You can hear a recording of it by my guys (Emporia State men from A Cappella Choir) on the we...