ChorTeach is ACDA’s quarterly online magazine for choral directors and music educators. The articles in each issue are gleaned from ACDA state and division newsletters and from submissions. ChorTeach is specifically designed for those who work with amateur singers and are looking for practical material to apply to classrooms and rehearsals.
Below is a preview of the articles in the Fall 2017 issue, available for download here. The annotated ChorTeach index has also been updated. Click here to view. Email editor Terry Barham at firstname.lastname@example.org for submissions or questions.
Relationships: Their Power and Importance by Jason Sickel
The author of this article, named 2017 Kansas Teacher of the Year, shares advice for how to build strong and lasting relationships with students and colleagues, including tools, ideas, and activities for the classroom.
Can We Really Sing Religious Music? by James Benjamin Kinchen, Jr
What is in your folder and why is it there? This article discusses guidelines for choosing music with both sacred and secular texts for use in the public school system. A list of resources for further reading is included.
Thinking about an International Tour? Plan Ahead! By Terry Barham
Find solid, easy-to-implement advice for international choir tour travel in this helpful article, including tips for bookkeeping, fund-raising projects, scheduling, and more.
Not Your Grandparents’ Choral Concert: Creating Engaging Programs for Today’s Singers and Audiences by Richard Schnipke
Conductors need to create programs that will keep singers and audiences excited and engaged. This article offers practical ideas to consider when planning your next concert.
Three Reasons Why Brain Research Should Guide Arts Scheduling in Schools by Anthony Mazzocchi
Brain studies conducted over the past two decades have revealed that arts education, and specifically the choral arts, has a profound impact on a child’s life. This article discusses three specific things choral music provides students in their school day.