In need of help and guidance
Date: October 28, 2015
My name is Bryan Simmons and I am new to this website. I am in my fourth year of teaching. My first three years have been teaching band which I am used to and this current year has me teaching both band and choir. I have never taught choir before so I thought it would be a rewarding challenge to take.
I was hired extremely late for this job so I did not have a lot of time to prepare for the school year. My responsibilities with this job include 7th, 8th, and 9-12th grade choir classes along with 7th, 8th, and assisting with 9-12th band classes. As the month of October is coming to an end, frustration is starting to set in due to my lack of experience with choir. My 7th grade is the only class of the three choir classes that is keeping me alive with how productive they are during class. I cannot seem to get through to the entire 8th and 9-12th grade classes except a few students from each and hardly any work is being accomplished. Most of the students in those two classes do not hear pitches, read music, or stay on the beat very well.
This experience has been humbling so far and I am here seeking advice and guidance. I hardly know what I am doing with these choir classes and am surviving one day at a time. Where can I find the best resources? Does anyone know of any good curriculum examples to follow, warm-ups / exercises to work on for 7th, 8th, and 9-12th grade choirs? Is there good repetoire for unison voicing or SA / SSA? I am hoping to solve this issue soon before being burned out and getting out of the teaching profession. I appreciate any and all honest advice. Thank you for helping in advance.