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First time ever directing a choir
Date: September 28, 2015
I’ve recently started a job as a private voice teacher at a music school (largely after-school music classes), and I’ve been told that I will also be taking over the Youth Choir that was started last semester by the previous teacher. I have ZERO choir-directing experience, and the way the class is set up doesn’t seem to mesh well with my memories of being very involved in choirs throughout my childhood and college years. Here’s what I’ll be working with:
- The class is being advertised as meeting for one hour each on Sunday and Monday afternoons, and that “students may attend both classes or just one.” Apparently it was set up this way to allow more kids who were only available on one of those days to attend, but I’m not sure how to maintain an ensemble this way.
- I would just create two ensembles in that case, but enrollment isn’t high enough. At the moment, 3 kids are enrolled and I’ve been told that 4 more will be enrolling. Beyond that, no idea. The cap for each day is 20 kids.
- Ages range from 7 to 14.
- I don’t know yet what their music proficiency levels are.
- The first two days will be “trial classes” to see if the students want to enroll or not.
- There are about 8 2-part pieces in the music library, but I don’t yet know what my budget is for ordering new music.
- Fall semester goes until the end of January, at which point there will be a concert.
Thoughts for how to organize the semester/keep this from getting completely out of hand?
Thanks very much!!
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