Resources for Middle School Choir Directors
Here you will find Roger’s top recommendations and products that are sure to make teaching your middle school or elementary school choirs a breeze!
The adolescent years can be a challenge for any choir director, but this practical handbook by Roger Emerson provides an engaging and witty approach to working with these young singers. Ideal for experienced educators and those new to the field, this text is full of creative ideas and solid solutions in an easy-to-read question and answer format. The fifty topics include recruiting, the adolescent voice, choral tone, classroom management, budgets, choral balance and blend, sight-reading, repertoire, programming, incorporating pop music into the choral program, working with your administrators and colleagues, parent and community relations, helpful recommended resources and much more!
Rounds are wonderful ways to introduce harmony to young singers! However, traditional rounds are often too wide of a range for the changing voice, hence this collection was created with the young male voice in mind. Easy-to-sing ostinatos for the changing male voice accompany 10 familiar rounds sung by treble voices. Each round is presented in two keys to accommodate both the cambiata, mid-voice and new baritone range comfortably. Experiment with other keys until you find your choirs’ “sweet spot” vocally. This will give you a good idea of the range and tessitura that will be effective when choosing your choral literature. These unaccompanied rounds may be taught entirely by ear, or duplicated for sight reading purposes. Songs include: Dona Nobis Pacem, Down by the Bay, Heigh Ho Nobody’s Home, Jubilate Deo, London’s Burning, Music Alone Shall Live, and more. Suggested for grades 6-9.
Pop Warmups and Workouts:
Unchanged, changing or changed male singers in middle school and high school may need a little extra help in “finding” their singing voices. Roger Emerson has developed a series of warm-ups that uses excerpts from classic rock and roll tunes that will provide the motivation and repetition they need to do just that. Each song features limited ranges starting moderately and gradually ascending into the tenor range and descending through the bass range as needed. Exercises are based on the following songs: The Addams Family Theme; Theme from “Jaws;” Jump, Jive an’ Wail; Land of a Thousand Dances; Mission: Impossible Theme; Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Smoke on the Water; We Will Rock You. Also available separately: a professionally-produced CD recording presenting each exercise with vocals so your guys have a model to emulate.
Following the success of Pop Warm-ups & Work-outs for Guys collection, Roger Emerson has created this series of warm-ups for all choirs that use classic rock and pop melodies to build vocal skills while having fun! Each of the ten warm-ups provide a focus objective, suggested learning outcomes and related choral literature for younger and developing ensembles. Warm-ups may be used with changed or unchanged voices.
Following the success of Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Guys and Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Choir, this sequel includes many of the latest pop song melodies and motives to inspire students to sing with gusto and to reinforce basic choral fundamentals common to all types of music. The ten songs featured are preceded by suggestions for practicing and reinforcing skills such as breath control, ear training, vowel shapes, resonance, range extension and head voice development. The warm-ups can be used with changed or unchanged voices. The professionally-produced audio recordings present each exercise with and without singers, and are included via digital download. Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Choir 2 is a valuable resource that will encourage students to sing out while building a better understanding of their amazing instrument – the human voice!