Middle School General Music
Date: January 20, 2014
First time poster here, and also first time choral guy. I have recently started working in a charter school with teaching 5-8th grade general music. Let me give you a little background about myself real quick to paint a better picture. I went to school and majored in music ed. emphasis in band. I have never really sung in a choir before, and especially never directed one before. The vocal method class I took in school was 1 semester and focused more on anatomy, etc... and less on warm ups, techniques, and rehearsals or repertoire choosing so my knowledge about choir is pretty minimal.
This general music class is the only music class offered in the school and everyone passes through. Consequently, they expect 2 concerts a year, primarily singing, in order to give the students a chance to perform. Each class consists of 20-30 students. I have 2 classes per grade level, making it 10 classes in all. Classes meet 2 times a week for 39 minutes each class period.
Now, having given you that background information, I must confess. I have no idea what to do with these students as far as singing goes and how to get them started on signing or what kind of stuff to do with them. There has been a new teacher each year at this school for the past 3 years so no foundation has really been set. Each one had their own idea of what to do. I am coming to this wonderful community for some insight and some help knowing how to approach this situation. Thank you very much!