"Joyful Noise" Clone in Crystal Lake
Date: June 24, 2011
We had a meeting yesterday between representatives from NISRA (Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association) and EMA (Encore Music Academy). EMA received a grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation to develop a choir like Joyful Noise. At the meeting, I shared your web page and my experience at ACDA National this past March.
They were all very exited about starting the program. Right now, they are opting for an hour rehearsal on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in three eight-week sessions, the first of which will begin on October 6. The grant should help with enrollment, since it will keep costs down. NISRA seemed OK with charging for the program since all the participants in their programs pay participation fees.
Now I will begin deciding on what music and what approaches I will use. Any suggestions for a starting point will be greatly appreciated! Also, I would appreciate any comments about what to expect from the participants. All my teaching career I've had special needs students in my music classrooms, but, of course, this is different.
One thing we were trying to come up with was a group name - "HeartSong"? "Sounds of Joy"? "Joyful Noise"? (ahem...)
I intend to keep posting as this program develops. I'm REALLY blessed and excited!
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