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Choreography and Movement for Choirs

Outside the a cappella and choral worlds, people don’t realize what a major role in vocal music choreography has begun to take in the last two decades, but we insiders know it. It adds an element of life, personality and spirit to a performance, it makes your concerts visual delights as well as auditory ones, and rounds out the whole picture. The problem is learning, how to incorporate movement into the performance without doing it wrong. It’s an area that is not difficult to get wrong – too much, too little, too inappropriate to the music, you name it, there are so many ways it can go wrong. So aren’t you glad to see that we carry more than half a dozen books & DVDs to instruct you?

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John Jacobson : Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance: Basics of Choreography and Staging

Review: From the creator of the popular video series, John Jacobson has written a comprehensive resource book that covers the basics of choreography and staging. Featuring a step-by-step approach and dozens of helpful photos, this powerful teaching tool will help you and your groups develop the "know-how" to add professional "pizzazz" to your musical performance.

Songlist: The Basics Come First, Putting It All Together, Staging The Concert, Movement and Staging For The Young Choir

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6402b | Book | $19.95 |


John Jacobson : Riser Choreography

Review: Movement enhances even the simplest of musical settings. It can bring energy to a dynamic show choir number or simple elegance to a beautiful concert piece without your choir ever leaving the risers! John Jacobson's ideas for staging and choreography on choral risers have been compiled in this easy-to-use resource for the beginning or veteran choral director. Covering basic formations, visual effects, and simple gestures that enhance the lyrics, this practical guide will help you incorporate all kinds of staging into your performance. Watch the companion video for the complete visual effect.

Songlist: Where To Begin, Ok, You're There, Now What?, So What Kind Of Risers Are We Talking About, Now That We Made Our Formations, Universally Recognized Gestures, Simple And Obvious Gestures, Real Live Dances

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6401b | Book | $12.95 |


Sally K. Albrecht : Choral Music in Motion Vol 1

Review: Let Sally K. Albrecht show you how to add movement to your choral groups with her popular book. This volume contains over 120 photos of students utilizing primarily upper body movement on choral risers.

Songlist: Introduction, Warm-ups, Choosing Music For Movement, Preparation And Planning, Pacing Your Movement, Working With A Large Group, Working With Smaller Ensembles, Noitation Ensembles, Choreographic Steps And Ideas, Working with Partners, Programming A Show, Other Items Of Interest, Suggested Music List

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6341b | Book | $14.95 |


Sally K. Albrecht : Choral Music in Motion Vol 2

Review: The follow up to the very popular first volume this book further explores movement for your choir with an emphasis on the larger ensemble. Plenty of photos accompanies the text and you'll soon have your choir adding exciting visual elements to your program.

Songlist: Introduction, Choosing Music For Movement, Preparation And Planning, Positing Your Singers, Simple Moves And Ideas, Visual Focus, Adding Polish And Pizzazz, Costumes and Props, Programming

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6337b | Book | $19.95 |


Henry Leck and Randy Stetson : Creating Artistry Through Movement in the Choral Setting for Male Voices

Review: Here is an amazing choral resource that demonstrates how movement while singing helps to harness the natural kinesthetic learning processes in males. Featuring the acclaimed St. Mary's International School Varsity Ensemble, conducted by Randy Stenson, the DVD includes warm-ups and exercises to improve tone, intonation, phrasing, articulation, special vocal effects, head voice and vocal agility. Through these exercises, the singer develops his own individualized shaping gesture, which leads to improved musicality during rehearsal, versatility and expressiveness. The companion book includes the notated exercises, additional instructional material, suggested seating charts, learning strategies and much more.

Songlist: Introductioon, Tonal Warm-ups and Vocal Modeling, Interview with Rodney Eichenberger, Activating the Head Voice, Movement and Gesture for Pitch, Color and Part- Singing, Musicality With and Without Movement, Rehearsals, Ranges and Voice Arrangements, Choreographed and Expressed Movement

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6396dvd | Book & DVD | $34.95 |


John Jacobson : Kids Gotta Move!

Review: 'Kids Gotta Move!' features over 100 choreography terms, defined and demonstrated with the young performers in mind. The movements are alphabetized for ease of use, with easy-to-follow definitions, diagrams and dezens of demonstration photos for further visual reference. The DVD features John Jacobson and two student dancers demonstrating each move and the submenus on the DVD will allow you to go directly to the move you desire without fast forwarding through an entire videotape! You'll never have to wonder what the Crocodile Smile looks like again. With 'Kids Gotta Move!.' all the moves you'll ever need are right here for you. So get moving with 'Kids Gotta Move!'

Songlist: A-Z Glossary

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6403b | Book & DVD | $34.95 | Kids |


Greg Gilpin : Sing and Dance Around the World

Review: Have fun traveling around the world with this collection of fun-to-sing unison folk song arrangements and easy-to-teach folk dances from nine diverse countries. All pages are reproducible and each unit includes a page of fun and interesting facts about the country, its people and traditions, as well as a related activity that teaches a music concept. The included CD provides performance and accompaniment versions of the song to help facilitate both dancing and singing in your classroom.

Songlist: United States Hawaii - Hukilau, Italy - Tarantella, Canada Quebec - Les Saluts, Israel - Hora, Indonesia - Urla Naga, Japan - Tanko Bushi, Ghana - Rhythm of the Highlife, Greece -, Germany -

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5698b | Songbook & 1 CD | $29.95 | 2 Parts Unison || Unison Voices


Henry Leck : Creating Artistry Through Movement in the Choral Setting

Review: Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a unique approach to the study of music. Based on rhythm as the primary factor that bridges what we hear with what we do, Eurhythmics can be used in the choral setting to develop rhythmic independence in the singers, inner hearing, and the nuances in music. Through Dalcroze Eurhrythmics, singers can enjoy the benefits of purposeful expressive movement to enhance choral rehearsals and performances. This 1-hour DVD provides detailed approaches to the use of Eurhythmics within the classroom or rehearsal setting and offers a guide to building choral artistry through movement.

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6366dvd | DVD | $34.95 |


John Jacobson : Get America Singing and Moving

Review: Move to America's music with this easy-to-follow DVD performance resource from the Master of Movement... John Jacobson! John takes you step-by-step through fresh new choralography routines for ten of your favorite Americana songs from volume 1 of the popular 'Get America Singing.. Again' series. An informational booklet is included with printed choreography for each song. Enhance your next patriotic performance and get America moving!

Songlist: America, The Beautiful, Down By The Riverside, Give My Regards To Broadway, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, I've Been Working on the Railroad, Over My Head, Rock-a My Soul, She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain, Simple Gifts, This Little Light of Mine

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6513dvd | DVD | $29.95 |


John Jacobson : Kids on Risers

Review: Add visual impact to concerts and programs with this helpful "how to" guide for music teachers and directors who find themselves with a stage full of KIDS ON RISERS! This instructional DVD is loaded with ideas to enhance the visual aspects of your performances, even in very limited space. From large groups to small, show choir to concert choir, your cast and choir will look as good as they sound! See how even a small move can make a big difference, as demonstrated by John Jacobson and a stage full of elementary and middle school students! DVD highlights include: creative formations and ways to move on to the risers, effective choralography and simple riser moves, period moves, 4 dance numbers - complete with costumes and props, and even a few movement lessons led by John for your students to join in!

Songlist: Introduction, Getting on the Risers, Standing Positions, Formations, Dance Steps, Simple Riser Moves, Novelty Formations, Decades of Moves, Dance Numbers

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6277dvd | DVD | $34.95 |


Rodney Eichenberger : Enhancing Musicality through Movement

Review: Rodney Eichenberger skillfully demonstrates the effectiveness of employing singer movement to sensitize the ensemble to more subtle musicality. Working with 14 choirs representing church, school, community, and college, in unrehearsed, spontaneous demonstrations, singers are given some ownership in the rehearsal process as they internalize musical concepts kinetically, aurally, and visually. The video demonstrates how these techniques can be incorporated into more effective conducting gesture in rehearsal and in concert. The impressive results speak for themselves as to the worth of these rehearsal techniques.

Songlist: Impact of Gestures on Singing, 1st Choir: Mailied, 2nd Choir: Give Me Jesus, 3rd Choir: Give Me Jesus, 4th Choir: Wayfarin' Stranger, 5th and 6th Choir: Pitch problems, Summary of Gestures

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3025dvd | DVD | $29.95 |


Sally Albrecht : Shine! A Choral Movement DVD

Review: Shine! is the twelve offering in Alfred's "Choral Movement Series". Join popular Alfred editors, composers, choreographers, and clinicians Sally K. Albrect and Andy Beck as they take you step-by-step through staging suggestions for 12 published sheet music titles. The movements are so easy to see and learn, as Sally and Andy are able to demonstrate counterpoint movement simultaneously! Perfect for 2-past choirs as well as for mixed groups (men versus women staging), this DVD is jam-packed with fresh and fun staging ideas for choirs of all ages and sizes.

Songlist: All I Want Is...Nuttin.!, Esta Es El Tiempo, Grandma's Feather Bed, Hip-Hop Reindeer, Joyful, Joyful, Please, Let It Snow!, Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Shine a Little Light, Shout For Joy!, We Are One, We Dance

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6436dvd | DVD | $29.95 |


Sally K. Albrecht / Andy Beck : Follow Me To The Top

Review: FOLLOW ME TO THE TOP! is the seventh offering in Alfred's "Choral Movement Series." Join popular Alfred editors, composers, choreographers, and clinicians Sally K. Albrecht and Andy Beck as they take you step by step through staging suggestions for 11 Alfred Choral Designs titles. The movements are so easy to see and learn, as Sally and Andy are able to demonstrate counterpoint movement simultaneously! Perfect for 2-Part choirs (Part I vs. Part II) as well as for mixed groups ("men vs. women" staging), this DVD is jam-packed with fresh and fun staging ideas for choirs of all ages and sizes.

Songlist: Follow Me To The Top, Chiri Biri Bim, Glory Bound, Gonna Catch That Santa, Heri Za Krismas, Holiday Lights, Mary Sat A-Rockin', Mi Vida, Mi Cancion, Naughty or Nice?, Reindeer On The Roof, Watu Wote

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6236dvd | DVD | $34.95 || Andy Beck


Sally K. Albrecht / Andy Beck : On The Stage!

Review: ON THE STAGE! is the sixth offering in Alfred's "Choral Movement Series." Join popular Alfred editors, composers, choreographers, and clinicians Sally K. Albrecht and Andy Beck as they take you step by step through staging suggestions for 11 Alfred Choral Desgns titles. The movements are so easy to see and learn, as Sally and Andy are able to demonstrate counterpoint movement simultaneously! Perfect for 2-Part choirs (Part I vs. Part II) as well as for mixed groups ("men vs. women" staging), this DVD is jam-packed with fresh and fun staging ideas for choirs of all ages and sizes.

Songlist: On The Stage, Carriers of the Light, El Ritmo De La Noche, Lift Up Your Voice, Alleluia, Merry Christmas To Me!, No Need To Knock!, Santa's in the House, Summer Vacation, Swing Low, Sing Low, Takadamu, Circle of Our Song

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6237dvd | DVD | $34.95 || Andy Beck


Sally K. Albrecht / Andy Beck : That's Entertainment

Review: That's Entertainment! is the eighth offering in Alfred's "Choral Movement Series." Join popular Alfred editors, composers, choreographers, and clinicians Sally K. Albrecht and Andy Beck as they take you step-by-step through staging suggestions for 11 Alfred choral titles. The movements are so easy to see and learn, as Sally and Andy are able to demonstrate counterpoint movement simultaneously! Perfect for 2-Part choirs (Part 1 vs. Part 2) as well as for mixed groups ("men vs. women" staging), this DVD is jam-packed with fresh and fun staging ideas for choirs of all ages and sizes.

Songlist: That's Entertainment, Born To Shop, Cantate Domino, I Bought Me A Cat, Kuna Karumu, Lullaby Of Broadway, Two Too Wet, Up Up Up In The Sleigh, We Wish You, Winter Has Begun, Yo Vivo Cantando

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6430dvd | DVD | $34.95 |


Sally K. Albrecht and Andy Beck : Danza! A Choral Movement DVD

Review: DANZA! is the eleventh offering in Alfred's "Choral Movement Series." Join popular Alfred editors, composers, choreographers, and clinicians Sally K. Allbrecht and Andy Beck as they take you step-by-step through staging suggestions for 12 Alfred choral titles. The movements are so easy to see and learn, as Sally and Andy are able to demonstrate counterpoint movement simultaneously! Perfect for 2-part choirs (Part I Vs. Part II) as well as for mixed groups ("men Vs. women" staging), this DVD is jam-packed with fresh and fun staging ideas for choirs of all ages and sizes.

Songlist: Anything Is Possible, Clap Your Hands, Rejoice! , Danza!, Ezekiel and David, Forty-Second Street, Friendship, I Won't Grow Up, The Joint Is Jumpin' , Old King Cole, Remember My Song, Steppin' Out with Santa, What a Heavenly Night!

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5165dvd | DVD | $39.95 |


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