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Re: Choir has been hoisted upon me. PLEASE HELP!!!
My questions are this:
Aren't we all pretty much six weeks into the year? If so, how & why is the counselor able to be screwing around with the master schedule NOW? Why didn't they have this taken care of...IDK...in JUNE?!? The kids that are going to be in this class...where have they been for the last 6 weeks, and why can't they stay there? They couldn't have been just floating around in the ether until now.
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?