Articles

Resources for Teachers of Adolescent Singers
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 52-53

One of the challenges for teachers, who work with middle and high school students in school, worship, or community choruses, is that of the developing adolescent voice. Traditionally, the field of music education has paid more attention to this issue ...

"I Have a Question!" - Effective Questioning in Rehearsal
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 49-51

Questioning is an effective teaching tool in rehearsal but the nature of the questions merits careful consideration. Questions that elicit reflective thinking can help students become more discriminating by engaging them in analysis and problem solving. The author cites research ...

Artists or Smartists?
Canadian Music Educator (2015) Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 35-37

In this column, the author clarifies the terms "artist" and "smartist" and distinguishes between the two. She challenges the reader to teach beyond the notes, and engage choral musicians in exploring text, context, and musical elements in the choral music ...

The How of Rehearsing
Choral Journal (2015) Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 73-75

 

Choral Community: Lessons Learned from Athletics
Canadian Music Educator (2015) Vol. 56, No. 3, pp. 28-30

Inspired by recent events in college athletics, the author develops an analogy between sports teams and choral ensembles in terms of how each can work to build on strengths of the individuals who, working together for common goals, can form ...

Resolving a Choral Dichotomy
Canadian Music Educator (2014) Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 38-40

In this column, the author describes a number of ways in which we can change our pedagogy for the better by challenging ourselves to reflect upon our teaching habits. Inspired by a student comment that "serious choral music has no ...

"Everything Matters!"
Canadian Music Educator (2014) Vol. 55, No. 4, pp. 32-34

In this column the author lists and discusses twelve key aspects of effective choral conducting and teaching.

Desert Island Decisions
Canadian Music Educator (2014) Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 37-39

In this article the author discusses a variety of approaches for identifying and choosing the most appropriate choral music for choirs.