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Finding the Right Fit

January 19, 2011

Just as school music programs come in all shapes in sizes, so too do the extracurricular offerings for students looking to spend their summers singing. Although there may be tremendous variety in summer camps and workshops for vocal music students, each with a great number of obvious benefits, this recent CD reader survey indicates that […]

“Glee” and the Real Music Classroom

August 17, 2010

Whether you like it or not, the recent boom in television shows and movies that focus on school music groups is undeniable. Shows like “Glee” and movies like High School Musical have been extraordinarily successful, and such programming shows no sign of abating in popularity. This recent trend begs some interesting questions: Do these shows […]

Filling up the Cup

January 20, 2010

This latest Choral Director reader survey tackles the issue of fundraising, often a thorny subject among educators. Whether you agree that extracurricular events like festivals and performance tours should be funded by the district or not, for most directors who hope to provide such opportunities for their students, fundraising is simply a way of life, […]

I Grant You Three Wishes

September 30, 2009

If only procuring funding for a school music program were as easy as rubbing an old oil lamp and bossing around a startled genie. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, especially in these trying times. Yet, beyond the bake sales and spaghetti dinners, the fundraising concerts and carwashes, there lurks a mysterious […]

Song and the Stage

January 23, 2009

Aside from the standard choral department offerings, vocal music often manifests itself in productions that might fall under the umbrella of the Theatre Arts. These can range from show choir to musicals, from dinner theatre to variety-type school plays, and more. Some of these productions are lead by a drama teacher and housed in a […]

Annual Check Up

September 16, 2008

From mounting pressures brought on by national education reforms to a tightening economy and the ensuing shrinking school budgets, there’s a lot for music educators to think about when it comes to surviving in our nation’s schools. Yet, any reader of this publication would argue that the survival of choral curriculums is imperative to a […]

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