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Items by Genevieve Tep

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Forum message: Keeping choral risers quiet?
It makes me batty when my choir risers creak and squeak during concerts. I have wenger signature risers and now that I've had them for a few years they seem to make noise even if a singer shifts their weight.    Does anyone one have any tricks? I've heard wd40 might work, but don't want to damag...
Comment: Re: Wireless body mic
I would first make sure that you are using your voice healthily. Are you straining because you yell over the class, or sing out of your range? Those things won't get any better if you use a mic. Just something to consider. Good luck. 
Comment: Re: Using a Promethean Board in the Choral Classroom
I had to look up Promethian Board on google, for others who are confused (maybe I'm the only one?) it's basically a SMART BOARD. :)    I have a Smart Board in my classroom and have for four years. I use it for everything. Daily lesson plans are on it, in monthly files, so if a student misses cla...
Comment: Re: Consequences for students who miss concerts
Welcome to high school...! Our campus has a conflict policy on book stating exactly how students handle conflicts between atheletic and acdamemic events. Since we put this in place a year ago I haven't had any issues with atheletic events. Other things, like major family events (weddings, etc) are a...
Comment: Re: High school bathroom break
Hi Jim,    Look forward to year 3 or 4, everything gets exponentially easier! :)    In my choirs I let the kids go whenever they need without penalty. I do NOT want them to ask me to go, I don't want to stop class to have them ask. Instead they just sign out and go. As long as the privilege ...
Concert: California All State Honor Choirs Concert
The California All State Honor Choirs concert is Saturday, March 23rd at 2pm at the California Theater in downtown San Jose.    The All State Choirs is a collaboration of ACDA and SCVA (Southern California Vocal Association) and includes almost 300 students from 115 high schools and community yo...
Comment: Re: Who is qualified to teach show choir
I think that if they are going to call the class Show Choir then anyone could understand that it must be taught by a music educator, after all, it is a choir. NCLB requires that all classes be taught by "highly qualified" teachers and the requirements are clear. You can find a lot of info, including...
Comment: Re: Pitch Problems
Just a thought. I've had kids (high school age) who have thought that when they were singing louder that they were singing higher. It might help to work with them a little 1 on 1 and point that out. The kids who have had that misperception after having that pointed out have improved very quickly. ...
Comment: Re: Sending PDF sample copies
I am a choir director and often purchase music directly from composers and arrangers. I would feel very uncomfortable doing what this director did. My personal feeling on the matter is that musicians are professionals, and professionals should never work for free unless they make the choice to do ...
Comment: Re: First Day of School
I've never done the rules on the first day. It's boring. :) here's what I have done before for my beginners. 1. We've spent the day learning warm ups (lots of silly ones) and really basic vocal technique. It gets them singing and set the stage for the routine that we'll be doing each day. By the end...
Comment: Re: How do you start your choir rehearsal?
I have large high school choirs and my section leaders are responsible to taking roll. I start warm ups BEFORE the bell rings so many if the kids walk in singing. Then by the time the bell rings we're already rolling. After warm ups (which I admit are usually pretty substantial and include lots of v...
Comment: Re: iPad Apps for Chorus & Music?
IPANow apps for Italian, German, French and Latin (Latin is free). Also don't forget that you can load PDFs of sight singing material (think: CPDL) onto a central site that the kids can access.
Concert: Jan 19 Champan University SF Bay Area Joint Concert w/ Carlmont Chamber Singers
Chapman University Singers, conducted by Dr. Steven Coker, and Carlmont High School Chamber Singers, conducted by Genevieve Tep, will present a joint concert in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday January 19th at 7pm. The concert will be at Carlmont High School Performing Arts Center, located a...
Comment: Re: Singers sitting out of rehearsals
Hi Bruce, I have my singers (high school kids) do a "rehearsal critique" when they cannot sing. It's relatively structured, they must write quite a bit, and it keeps them in the music even though they may have a sore throat. My kids get 5 points per day for "rehearsal etiquette" the rehearsal critiq...
Comment: Re: A "Good" Problem to Have
Just a thought, but if your singers leave their music in the choir room, how do they practice and prepare for class? Maybe since your choir is growing you can ask your advanced kids to be responsible for caring for AND practicing their music outside of class.
Announcement: California ACDA Regional Conferences Sept. 10th
California ACDA Regional Conferences September 10, 2011   Central/Central Coast Region Fresno City College   Bay Area/Northern Region San Ramon Valley High School, Danville   Southern/Far South Region California State Universit...
Comment: Re: looking for more composers that sound like Eric Whitacre
Blake Henson Joshua Shank Eric Barnum They have all written some beautiful choral music that has similar sound. I like Blake Henson's My Flight For Heaven and Dream A While and Eric Barnum's Lady In the Water. (if by similar you mean chord stacking, etc) My choirs love singing Whitacre, but you just...
Comment: Re: Classroom Management: Dicipline
Hello Andrew, In my 10 years of teaching two major things have been more helpful than anything else as far as discipline goes. 1. I have ridiculously high expectations of my students. We talk about how professionals behave and how that is the only option. We talk about what that means and specifical...