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Request: Teaching Motets to High School Choirs

I am currently teaching my high school choir Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium, and I plan to introduce another motet in January to prepare for a festival. Being new to the teaching profession, I've never taught such challenging music before. and my choir has never done a motet. Any tips for rehearsing the group? So far I just teach one or two sections at a time, but that gets tricky when half the choir is sitting down (and maybe causing a distraction).
on November 7, 2015 5:23am
1. Work motivically, asking everyone to sing an idea together. Keeps 'em busy, but more importantly develops musical phrasing, so they're building 'how' along with 'what' and 'when'. 
 
2. Can any kids lead sectionals?
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on November 7, 2015 8:20am
There are ways to keep the other sections busy while you're working with one. Have them hum their parts, for example, or count out loud.
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on November 8, 2015 2:56am
In addition to humming while you are working with other sections (especially if that begins to grow old). You can actually have everyone sing the part of the section you are working on (in their octave), which practices sight reading and can quicken the learning process. Having physically sung the other lines, the students' "choral ears" should naturally open up and develop as they'll have a better understanding of all the parts around them and how they come together.
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