- July 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm #518216
I’m about to begin my first year of teaching in the fall. I want to be sure to incorporate theory into my beginning choirs, but I’m unsure of the best order to introduce concepts (there’s so much!) does anyone have a theory curriculum that they have found to be particularly helpful as a guideline?
I greatly appreciate it!
MelanieJuly 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm #518282
Are you asking about theory specifically, or theory/musicianship?
Think about the ratio of theory:musicianship that you might think is ideal. It probably makes sense to teach them just the basic theory that is necessary for sight-singing. For my training choirs I spend a lot of time on sight-singing and musicianship skills, but not so much on theory per se. You could check out the 1 Minute Theory books, they are inexpensive consumables, and come in three different levels. They are designed to teach theory concepts using a minimum of rehearsal time.
Another resource to check out is the book Solfege and Sonority by David Xiques. It is an excellent primer from the Kodaly perspective to teach theory and musicianship concepts using your performance repertoire.
And in general, I think any beginning choir teacher should check out Evoking Sound by James Jordan.
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