Getting Started with Middle School Chorus is designed to help you get started in a new position. As you approach your new experience, you may be filled with anticipation and, perhaps, feel some anxiety at the same time. This book is here to point you in the right directions. There is enough specific information here to “get you started” and on your way! The third edition of Getting Started with Middle School Chorus is thoroughly grounded in research and incorporates new information about working with young adolescent changing voices, designing optimal rehearsals for middle-schoolers, managing growing choral programs, and helping youngsters gain musical skills they can carry with them for a lifetime of making music. Getting Started with Middle School Chorus provides strategies to build your confidence as you take on the new responsibilities associated with teaching middle school chorus.
Patrick K. Freer is Professor of Music at Georgia State University. He has more than three decades of experience as an internationally known conductor, teacher, clinician, author, and advocate for young adolescent singers.
Chapter 1 – In the Beginning
Chapter 2 – Your School’s Choral Program
Chapter 3 – Budget and Equipment
Chapter 4 – Developing Your Schedule
Chapter 5 – Finding and Choosing Choral Repertoire
Chapter 6 – Recruiting Singers
Chapter 7 – The Young Adolescent
Chapter 8 – The Young Adolescent Voice
Chapter 9 – Revoicing Choral Repertoire for Young Adolescent Singers
Chapter 10 – Rehearsal Planning
Chapter 11 – Teaching Strategies for Rehearsals
Chapter 12 – Performances and Contests
Chapter 13 – Teaching Tomorrow’s Adult …. Today
Chapter 14 – Get Started and Keep Going
About the Author
In this third edition of Getting Started with Middle School Chorus, Dr. Freer has thoughtfully expanded each chapter to include current topics and trends related to teaching choral music at the middle level. He offers pedagogical tools and organizational strategies that are research-based and relevant. This book is an essential resource for both early career and experienced choral music educators who work with adolescent voices.
Once again, Dr. Freer provides us with a bold and clever update on his most widely read book. It is an extraordinary text that offers thoughtful reflections on the "why" and "wherefore" of each topic. This third edition enhances all of the utility and versatility that the book has always offered for every choral educator.
In this third edition of Getting Started with Middle School Chorus, Freer revisits key teaching strategies, rehearsal techniques, and middle school choral management within the framework of new information from the latest research and current standards in music education. As with the previous editions, the information is presented in a clear, practical manner which is both meaningful and engaging, particularly for pre-service and beginning choral teachers. Seasoned choral educators will also gain insights from the most current developments related to the areas of changing voice, gender, and related issues that they encounter in the day-to-day world of middle school music teaching.