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Re: Choir has been hoisted upon me. PLEASE HELP!!!
In my opinion WWindy's suggestion is spot on and is exactly what I would do.
Change it to "music appreciation" and start chugging out the worksheets that you print out online.
That is not fair of them to shove that on you.
Give them a laundry list of reasons you can't start a choir till next year, then make sure someone gets else gets hired.
I've had a section of choir added to my schedule because there aren't enough electives for 7th-8th grades. It might start as early as this afternoon, fingers crossed it's not until Monday.
Aside from singing in choir at music camp and elementary school, I have no experience with choral/vocal pedagogy. I've seen Sister Act 1 & 2 and the first season of Glee. Don't get me wrong. I love vocal music, all music, and teaching kids to create beautiful things with music. I'm just out of my depth.
I have a keyboard, a white board, and no music.
Where do I start?
What should I do on day 1?
What should be the learning objective during the first few weeks while I wait for music to come?
What music should I buy?
Are there beginner/technique books I should buy?
Are there things I should know about starting a dump-class choir?
How do I keep from losing band kids if this works?