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Re: Choir has been hoisted upon me. PLEASE HELP!!!
Couldn't you have moved real quick while they were hoisting it up? Those darn choir programs are always going around foisting themselves.
Kidding. My position would be no way to start this as a true choir program this late into the year. If they are just looking for somewhere to dump kids that don't want to do anything, tell them you will do study hall. No effort on your part.
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?