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My wonderful assistant at church, who has just graduated with a BM in music ed., is about to start a great position as an assistant director of middle school choirs--her first job.  I'm looking for suggestions for a gift for her from the church.  We're happy for her, but very sad that she is leaving us.
on May 30, 2014 5:35pm
Ah, middle school choir. How about a certificate for a massage?
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on May 31, 2014 3:09am
I would like to recommend Hogey's Journey: A Memoir by Eph Ehly. It is a wonderful book that will be enjoyed and appreciated by anyone in the field. You can read about the book and read customer reviews at
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on May 31, 2014 1:35pm
I agree with hogey's journey. I have given it to a few of my student teachers. Eph (Ehly) has a wonderfully positive approach to music education. A great read for any music teacher 
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on June 1, 2014 10:06am
Suggestion--Bodymind and Voice: Foundations of Voice Education, published by The VoiceCare Network and the National Center for Voice and Speech, addresses just about everything about voices (including male and female voice change), and is a 3-volume lifetime resource for choral conductors and singing teachers. Eighteen authors contributed, including several choral conductors and voice teachers, three ear-nose-throat physicians (ENTs), an allergist-immunologist MD, an endocrinologist MD, a speech pathologist, an audiologist, an early childhood voice specialist, two child voice specialists, two adolescent voice specialists (John Cooksey and Lynne Gackle), an Alexander Technique specialist, and a specialist voice educator.
Bound into its science- or evidence-based three volumes are a Fore-words and five major, multi-chapter sections, each one called a Book, with cross-references between them. The books' titles are:
Book I: Bodyminds, Learning, and Self-Expression
Book II: How Voices Are Made and How They Are 'Played' in Skilled Singing and Speaking
Book III: Health and Voice Protection
Book IV: Lifespan Voice Development (prenatal through older adulthood)
Book V: A Brief Menu of Practical Voice Education Methods
B&V has been distributed on at least four continents (North America, Europe, Australia, Asia) and has been adopted for choral conducting, music education, and vocal pedagogy courses in colleges/universities on at least three of those continents. One senior undergraduate choral music education major told his professor, "The cost of my four years here was worth it, just to have this book. It answers so many of my questions."
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on June 2, 2014 3:38am
I know it's tacky to toot your own horn, but, well, I spent years working very hard to write a book that communicates the pretty much never-fail joy of singing in a choir.  Here's an excerpt, tailored for the magazine that was publishing it (Fast Company) but it's a view of the conductor that I think most conductors might find amusing:
The book is titled Imperfect Harmony:  Finding Happiness Singing With Others.  Here are a few excerpts from some of the reviews:
“Horn beautifully captures the magnificent feeling of joining oneself to something larger, becoming something greater in harmony with others than solo. Like her beloved soprano notes, Horn’s love of making music soars through her book.” —Booklist
“In this one-of-a-kind celebration of singing with others, I’d call her pitch nearly perfect.” —The Atlantic Monthly
“If ever a book could make you want to break out in song, this is it!” —American Profile
“In this joyful and contemplative memoir about the power of singing together, Horn celebrates the transcendent consolations to be found in the act of making song.” —More
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on June 2, 2014 5:32am
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