Essential choral music theory?
Date: April 4, 2013
I am trying to put together a music theory/sight reading/ear training curriculum for my choral program and am having a hard time deciding what is most important to include. I have an extensive piano background so my approach to theory is - teach them everything! However, this becomes a big time sink and even though my students enjoy theory (believe it or not!), because of student questions (and my enthusiasm) we get into a lot of deeper material that might not be considered essential.
In your experience, what has been the most essential theory/aural skills material to teach to middle grades choral singers? Additionally, if there is a method or curriculum you have used with success, please suggest. I inherited a set of "Experiencing Choral Music" books but don't care for them much, since the tendency is to introduce more than one new concept at a time.
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