I am a band director...that also teaches one period of choir.
Date: September 9, 2015
This is entirely new ground for me, so I welcome any and all ideas.
I am a band director, and as such, have a background in instrumental music with that one credit class designated for vocal techniques that we all take as an undergraduate. I currently teach at a high school where I also instruct one period of choir, grades 9-12. Due to scheduling conflicts, only four students from my previous year of teaching the choir were able to sign up for it again- otherwise, every year the choir will be filled with entirely new students. The students range in abilities, from those who sing publicly in their church and those who have never, ever sung music in their life. Also, a good portion of the class is involuntarily put in to choir. Though it is an "elective", it is a place for students to be put when the other two electives are full. Having that in mind should present a good idea as to how many students wish to sing or want to be in choir.
There currently about 40 students in the class: 4 returning from last year, 10 are willing participants, and the rest fall into the category of "my other choice was full." In a forty minute class, with the broad range of the students, how would you approach the year? The program cannot be built due to the scheduling process- every year the choir will begin again from ground zero. Any rehearsal suggestions, repertoire selection, management, and so on- please share your thoughts and suggestions as I am at a loss! Thank you so much.