Advice for a new teacher?
Date: June 10, 2013
I just finished my first year of teaching as a choir director and felt like I "flew by the seat of my pants" for most of the year. Now that I have 1 year under my belt, I want to make sure that I am prepared for year 2!
I am looking for any advice/techniques that have worked well with your choirs that I can hopefully implement into my own. What is good repertoire? Are there good warmups? And how can I teach choir when the majority of students do not read music?
Any advice would be welcome!
I come from a band background and I teach both band and choir at my school. I can play the piano and can hear correct pitches well, but that is where my choral training ends.
I have 2 Choirs: One auditioned and the other voluntary. They have not had any training in "how to sing" and mostly prefer to sing show songs or ones with familiar melodies.
Thank you for your help!