The Budget Cut Emergency Action Plan

July 28, 2009

The effects of the current recession have been felt far and wide, as state budgets have been slashed and spending curtailed. For many schools, these are particularly difficult times. All too often, reduced budgets translate into direct threats to the wellbeing of music programs. While there isn’t always an easy answer to stave off administrators […]

Mark Myers: Unity Through Music

“We see these festivals we go to as a way to celebrate the many different kinds of music that are out there.” Having had the good fortune to step into a well-established program at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois, Mark Myers has been taking his program to new heights. In just his sixth […]

Introducing Interactive Whiteboards

Technology is changing how we teach. First we had old blackboards and chalk, and then we moved onto colored markers on whiteboards. Now, a totally new interactive whiteboard is waiting in the wings. What is this new-fangled contraption? It’s basically a giant touch-screen on which an LCD projector can display your computer’s screen for the […]

Solving the What-to-Wear Dilemma

Oh no! The concert starts in two hours and I don’t know what to wear!” Fortunately, the vast majority of choir students aren’t faced with this predicament, as most choral directors require that their students wear mandated performance attire, whether that be robes, tuxes and dresses, or even simply matching t-shirts. Taking the guesswork out […]

Choosing the Best Recording Equipment Microphones

So you want to record your choral group and don’t know where to start? With so many different types of equipment out there, recording may seem to be an overwhelming feat. CD recently caught up with a few experienced professionals who offered their expertise on microphones and other recording tools, as well as opinions on […]

Instrumental Works Rewritten For Choir

Including works that have a distinctly humorous bent or unusual angle in the choral curriculum can have several benefits. For example, you may notice a high level of student motivation during the rehearsal process, you may discover teaching tools not present in more typical choral repertoire, and, in the case of these instrumental works rewritten […]

Fight For Your Music Program

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Web site, “At least 47 states faced or are facing shortfalls in their budgets for this and/or the next year or two. Combined budget gaps for the remainder of this fiscal year and state fiscal years 2010 and 2011 are estimated to total more than $350 […]

2009, July

New Titles from Alfred PublishingAlfred’s Danza! A Choral Movement DVD is presented by composers and choreographers Sally K. Albrecht and Andy Beck. The DVD features step-by-step staging suggestions for 12 songs including: “Anything Is Possible”; “Clap Your Hands”; “Rejoice”; “Danza”; “Ezekiel and David”; and “Forty-Second Street.” 12 Folk Songs for Solo Singers is compiled and […]

2009, July

MENC’s Music Education WeekMENC’s recent Music Education Week in Washington shined a spotlight on all aspects of music education, from advocacy for school music programs to academies offering enrichment opportunities for teachers. At the heart of it all were performances of all types, from students and professionals alike, in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. […]

The Singing Team

Friday night lights, the thrill of the Final Four, the new billion-dollar Yankee Stadium. Team sports have a larger-than-life place in American culture. This is nurtured from our earliest days in school, and it contributes to social and ethical development in our children. But there is another “team” that is equally important one without a […]