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Items by Emily McDuffee

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Comment: Re: Help! My student doesn't know how to sit still....
I was (am still) that kid and diagnosing ADHD was very rare when I was in school. I got diagnosed as an adult and I love my meds, but I am not ready to medicate my 9 yr old ADHD daughter. (Their brains are still developing and making connections, and although the meds help me tremendously, I don't b...
Comment: Re: The "New Voice Type" coming to our choruses
Adding to the problem is the fact the most, if not all, recorded music today is digitally altered. Many of the current pop-singers do not sing as well live as they do on their recordings, because their recordings have been "fixed." (I had to resist the strong urge to name a few popular singers here....
Comment: Re: Cutting out show choir...
In addition to Steve Zegree at IU, Dr. Tim Brimmer at Butler has Jordan Jazz and some sort of high school Jazz Festival - look it up. It's closer than IU to you. I would start each class with a "bell-ringer," if you will of playing music from one composer a week. Each kid should have a journal (or ...
Comment: Re: Help! Instrumentalist dealing with attitudes
I love what Liz said. My personality is very bubbly and passive-aggressively goofy. I use self-depriciation at times (for example: if I tell them it's an F, and one kid says isn't that a G? I say "I was just making sure you were paying attention..." In such a way that they know I'm kidding. Or, I h...
Comment: Re: What do you do with old concert dresses?
This is a great question - is there an exchange somewhere? I came into a program with concert dresses I don't care for, nor do the students, but I can't justify getting rid of them because they're already here. I've been slowly replacing them one group at a time one year at a time, but I would love ...
Comment: Re: Standing up - yes, standing up
I wear Dansko clogs almost exclusively. Doctors and nurses wear them. They are on the expensive side, but they last for years. You can find less expensive pairs on danskooutlet.com, on sale at 6pm.com, and my husband now has a habit of searching for them on shopgoodwill.com (which is fine by me!). ...
Comment: Re: iPod as recording device
I use my iPhone to record my choirs all the time. The iPod touch should already have the Voice Memos app on it. There is a mic on it and it records surprisingly well. The real consideration is where to place it- it will pick up whatever singers are closest. I find the best success in putting it smac...
Forum message: Men's Extra Large Shoes
I have a two young men who are in my high school chorus who are 6'6" and 6'9" and they wear size 15 and size 16.5 shoes, respectively. We are getting black men's character shoes for choir, but they would be "special order" and would cost about $300 each. Does anyone have suggestions as to where I c...
Comment: Re: Choir that won't rehearse
This is a great question! I, too, have high schoolers and struggle with the same issues. I have an added question for you and Suzanne and everyone else: Logistically, how do you do voice tests? It takes me days upon days to get them done. I hear them sing short phrases of the repertoire in quartets...
Comment: Re: Male soprano in advanced women's chorus?
Thank you for your thoughts! He DOES want to be in Varsity ifnnot the top group ( and I have not spoken to the girls in that group about it yet, but will thanks to your advice. And I/we can definitely change that name (in fact, I'm sure they would love to help with that.) The men & boys' choir ...
Forum message: Male soprano in advanced women's chorus?
Hi All I have a fascinating issue: I have a young man who is a 15 yr old freshman with an unchanged, beautiful soprano voice (he sings in a local professional men & boys choir). I also have 2 incoming freshman with unchanged voices, one of whom is very proud to be a soprano (as he should be.) ...
Comment: Re: iPad Apps for Chorus & Music?
I have NotiomN on my iPad and enjoy using it for simple notation.
Comment: Re: Smart Music
Do you know if it has AllState and Regional Solo & Ensemble repertoire for each state? 
Forum message: Notation software for iPad
I just read about an app called Notion for iPad. Has anyone used this? I see that Finale is working on free software for the iPad as well but has no release date. I want to do simple arranging for my choirs, but more complicated than what I can do on Finale Notepad. (I can't afford Finale PrintMusic...
Comment: Re: Quality Arrangements of Disney Songs
There was a little-known, but excellent Broadway show a few years back called Disney's On the Record. It has outstanding and somewhat unusual arrangements of Disney songs in it. The CD is really fun. I'm not sure the sheet music exists, though. I wonder - can we contact Disney and ask them to pu...
Forum message: I get a new choir room! What do I NEED?
I am fortunate to be in a school where the music department is getting an upgrade. We (the orchestra director, band director, theater directer, and myself, the choir director) have been asked our input and get to meet weekly with the architect until it is finalized. Our rooms are being moved into ...
Forum message: Frank Sinatra's Jingle Bells
A local radio station has played this several times, and I'm sad to say I had never heard it. I love it! Does anyone know if a choral arrangement exists?   Thank you - and Happy Holidays! Emily McDuffee Choir Director Southport High School Indianapolis, IN   http://www.youtube.co...
Forum message: Who arranged the Amazing Grace at the 9/11 memorial?
The Navy Sea Chanters Chorus sang an absolutely gorgeous arrangement of "Amazing Grace" at the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon this morning (9/11/11). Does anyone know who wrote that arrangement and can we purchase it for our own choirs? Also, does anyone know where a decent recording of it exists f...
Comment: Re: "Fun Friday" -- reward day for MS students
I have the board game "Encore" - essentially, they get a word and have to sing at least 6 words of a song containing that word as a lyric. I have them in teams by parts, and keep score on the board of how many songs each team gets. Its' fun, and they're still singing. I also have a bunch of the...