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Warmups for mixed middle school choirs

I've searched the forums and cannot find an answer that directly solves my problem. I am wondering, what warmup strategies do you use for when you have a mixed choir (5th, 6th, & 7th grades) and address the capabilities of all voice types? Of course, I do various forms of sirens (or yawn sighs, whatever your preference for calling them), but what about vocalizes? Warm up one section at a time? Start low enough for everyone and tell them to just jump in when it is in a comfortable range? </sarc off> How do you do it?
bradhayashi (at) cox (daht) net
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on February 13, 2013 6:48am
Hello, Brad -- I have produced several resources that you may find useful.  First, I wrote an article for Music Educators Journal about this specific topic:
Freer, P.K. (2009).  Choral Warm-Ups for Changing Adolescent Voices.  Music Educators Journal, 95(3), 55-60.
Also, please see my other resources (available at multiple locations, including where there is tons of information about this topic.
       TIPS:  The First Weeks of Middle School Chorus
       Getting Started with Middle School Chorus, 2nd Edition
   -DVDs: (featuring real kids)
       Success for Adolescent Singers: Unlocking the Potential in Middle School Choirs
          ...additionally, individual DVD segments can be streamed from the Amazon site
Take care,
Patrick Freer
Georgia State University
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on February 13, 2013 6:02pm
Super! Thanks, Patrick!
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