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Emily Crocker

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Emily Crocker

Emily Holt Crocker, founder and artistic director of the Milwaukee Children's Choir is recognized nationally as a leading expert in children's choirs. The Milwaukee Children's Choir has received acclaim for performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the American Choral Directors Association, the Chiba People's Festival in Japan and the Canterbury (England) International Children's Choir Festival.

As a composer, Ms. Crocker's works have been performed around the world and she has received ASCAP awards for concert music since 1986. She is well known for her work in developing choral instructional materials and is an author of Experiencing Choral Music, choral textbook series for grades 6-12, published by McGraw-Hill/Glencoe. As a guest conductor, she led the Midwinter Children's Choral Festival in Carnegie Hall in 1999 and 2001 and has conducted the Milwaukee Symphony Pops Orchestra and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra in performances with the Milwaukee Children's Choir. In 2002 she was awarded the Excellence in Youth Music award from the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee.

In 1989, after a 15 year teaching career in her native Texas, she joined the music publishing industry and is now Vice President of Choral Publications for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee.

Discography

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Milwaukee Children's Choir : Christmas Suite

Review: This festive suite by acclaimed composer Mark Brymer is scored in a Holiday Pops style for orchestra, choir and soloist. This 30-minute work is divided into nine sections, each titled for a letter in the word C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S. This performance by the Milwaukee Children's Choir features mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas and is accompanied by the Indianapolis Recording Orchestra. This is a charming piece which weaves together holiday favorites with newly composed songs. It is a fresh new work which will delight this season.

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7296 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas


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Milwaukee Children's Choir : Mid-Winter Night's Dream

Review: Good cheer comes from the Milwaukee Children's Choir on this recording of Christmas music. This album features Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols as sung by the Cantorei Choir, led by Emily Crocker and accompanied by harpist Stephen Hartman. This is one of the great Christmas pieces for treble voices. The CD also contains performances by the Concert Choir and Prelude Choir and includes pieces by Emily Crocker: "In dulci jubilo" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Wonderful performances by all.

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7297 00 1 CD $15.98 Mixed Childrens Choirs


Milwaukee Children's Choir : Winter's Night

Review: This is wonderful program of holiday music from the Milwaukee Children's Choir. The recording features performances by the Cantorei Choir with additional selections by the Concert Choir, Youth Chorale and Prelude Choir. Conducted by Emily Crocker, the Cantorei Choir sings selections from Henry Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art and John Rutter's suite, Dancing Day, with Stephen Hartman on harp. These spirited performances will bring joy to your holiday season.

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7294 00 1 CD $15.98 Childrens Choir Christmas


Emily Crocker : Essential Musicianship: A Comprehensive Choral Method - Book 1 Teacher's Edition

Review: "Essential Musicianship, Book 1," recommended for Grades 6-8 or other beginning groups, is a sequential choral method that helps the beginning singer develop a strong foundation of musical skills. In each of the twenty chapters a concept is presented in the theory section, practiced in the sight-reading section, and applied in the performance of a song. The Teacher Edition provides comprehensive lesson plans based on the National Standards for Arts Education.

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6361 01 Book $19.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker : Essential Sight-Singing - Mixed Voices

Review: Based on the successful Essential Elements for Choir series, this new choral sight-singing method will allow you to build skills in all your choral ensembles in a handy octavo-sized volume! Featuring a step-by-step approach, unison and combinable exercises, and motivating short songs, these volumes provide a basis for developing music literacy within the choral rehearsal, allowing your singers to develop their full individual potential.

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6357 01 Book $4.50 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker : Sight-Singing For SSA

Review: An excellent introduction to sight singing for SSA chorus. From the creators of "Patterns of Sound" and "The Choral Approach to Sight Singing," comes this practical, easy-to-use sight-singing method for SSA choirs in junior high and high school! It includes 3-part exercises and songs (accompanied and a cappella) that begin from square one, assuming no previous training, and presents musical elements in a logical sequence that will yield quick results. Recommended for Grades 6-12.

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7259 01 Book $14.95 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker : Sight-Singing For SSA - Student

Review: An excellent introduction to sight singing for SSA chorus. From the creators of "Patterns of Sound" and "The Choral Approach to Sight Singing," comes this practical, easy-to-use sight-singing method for SSA choirs in junior high and high school! It includes 3-part exercises and songs (accompanied and a cappella) that begin from square one, assuming no previous training, and presents musical elements in a logical sequence that will yield quick results. Recommended for Grades 6-12.

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5603 01 Book $3.50 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker : The Choral Approach to Sight-Singing Vol. 2 - Teacher's Edition

Review: Here is an exciting easy-to-use sight-singing method for middle school/jr. high choirs that starts from square one, assuming no previous training. It is presented in a logical, sequenced order, with harmonically combinable exercises to develop rhythmic and melodic independence. The collection offers a variety of a cappella and accompanied songs for 3-Part Mixed voices. This is volume 2!

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6552 01 Book $19.95 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker & John Leavitt : Essential Musicianship: A Comprehensive Choral Method Book 2

Review: Essential Musicianship, Book 2, recommended for Grades 8-10 or other older beginners, is a sequential choral method that helps the older beginner or returning singer develop basic to intermediate skills. Each of the twenty chapters includes materials for vocal development, music theory, sight reading and performance. The Teacher Edition provides comprehensive lesson plans based on the National Standards for Arts Education.

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6548 01 Book $19.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker & John Leavitt : Essential Musicianship: A Comprehensive Choral Method Book 3

Review: Essential Musicianship is a sequential comprehensive curriculum that is designed to build all the skills of a choral musician. It includes Voice-builders, Theory-Builders, Sight-Reading exercises and songs which can be used for classroom or concert. The easy-to-use format allows the books to be used with all types of choir: mixed, treble or tenor bass.

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6549 01 Book $19.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker & Joyce Eilers : Choral Approach to Sight Singing

Review: Here is an exciting easy-to-use sight-singing method for middle school/jr. high choirs that starts from square one, assuming no previous training. It is presented in a logical, sequenced order, with harmonically combinable exercises to develop rhythmic and melodic independence. The collection offers a variety of a cappella and accompanied songs for 3-Part Mixed voices in two sequenced volumes. The Teacher's Edition additionally includes complete instruction for use of the method!

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6273 01 Book $19.95 Sightsinging Material


Joyce Eilers Bacak and Emily Crocker : Patterns of Sound - Teacher's Edition Vol. 2

Review: Don't read notes, read patterns of sound! This unique sight reading course for treble voices in elementary and early middle school does just that! PATTERNS OF SOUND uses excellent voice leading, careful sequencing and musically interesting exercises that can be combined to strengthen part singing, pitch relationships and to develop rhythmic independence. Volume 1 starts from square one, assuming no previous training, with exercises that are so carefully sequenced that the students are quickly singing four-measure phrases and eight measure songs in two parts and finding it easy! Students are introduced to notes, rests, meter, pitch and unison/2-part songs in Vol. 1, and continue in Vol. 2 with dotted rhythms & syncopation, keys & key changes and more 2-part songs. Use it every day and watch your students' confidence level grow!

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5564 01 Book $14.95 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker : Voice Builders For Better Choirs

Review: This valuable resource is a must for every choral director. The 140 warmups and vocal exercises in a handy Book/CD format will help singers produce a free and open tone, develop clean articulation and diction, improve resonance, intonation and more. The enclosed CD includes demonstration for each accompanied exercise for full choir, small group or individual practice.

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1156 01 Book & 1 CD Warm Ups & Exercises $29.95 Choral Warm-Ups


Emily Crocker : Essential Sight Singing - Male Voices

Review: Based on the successful Essential Elements for Choir series, this new choral sight-singing method will allow you to build skills in all your choral ensembles in a handy octavo-sized volume! Featuring a step-by-step approach, unison and combinable exercises, and motivating short songs, these volumes provide a basis for developing music literacy within the choral rehearsal, allowing your singers to develop their full individual potential.

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6372 01 Songbook $4.95 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker : Essential Sight-Singing - Treble Voices

Review: Based on the successful Essential Elements for Choir series, this new choral sight-singing method will allow you to build skills in all your choral ensembles in a handy octavo-sized volume! Featuring a step-by-step approach, unison and combinable exercises, and motivating short songs, these volumes provide a basis for developing music literacy within the choral rehearsal, allowing your singers to develop their full individual potential.

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6373 01 Songbook $4.50 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker : Essential Sight-Singing Vol. 2 for Treble Voices

Review: Based on the successful 'Essential Elements for Choir series, this second volume in our choral sight-singing method will allow you to continue to build skills in your choral ensembles with a handy octavo-sized volume! Continuing where Volume 1 finished, this step-by-step approach uses unison and combinable exercises along with motivating songs to provide a basis for developing music literacy within the choral rehearsal. The Accompaniment CDs provide light accompaniment for the combinable pitch builders, speech choruses and songs. In keeping with the spirit of sight-reading, there is no singing on the CDs.

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6598 01 Songbook $4.95 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker : Patterns Of Sound Vol 1

Review: Don't read notes, read patterns of sound! This unique sight reading course for treble voices in elementary and early middle school does just that! PATTERNS OF SOUND uses excellent voice leading, careful sequencing and musically interesting exercises that can be combined to strengthen part singing, pitch relationships and to develop rhythmic independence. Volume 1 starts from square one, assuming no previous training, with exercises that are so carefully sequenced that the students are quickly singing four-measure phrases and eight measure songs in two parts and finding it easy! Students are introduced to notes, rests, meter, pitch and unison/2-part songs in Vol. 1, and continue in Vol. 2 with dotted rhythms & syncopation, keys & key changes and more 2-part songs. Use it every day and watch your students' confidence level grow!

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7261 01 Songbook $14.95 Ear Training


Emily Crocker & John Leavitt : Essential Sight-Singing Vol. 2 for Male Voices

Review: Based on the successful 'Essential Elements for Choir series, this second volume in our choral sight-singing method will allow you to continue to build skills in your choral ensembles with a handy octavo-sized volume! Continuing where Volume 1 finished, this step-by-step approach uses unison and combinable exercises along with motivating songs to provide a basis for developing music literacy within the choral rehearsal. The Accompaniment CDs provide light accompaniment for the combinable pitch builders, speech choruses and songs. In keeping with the spirit of sight-reading, there is no singing on the CDs.

Songlist:

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6597 01 Songbook $4.95 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker & John Leavitt : Essential Sight-Singing Vol. 2 for Mixed Voices

Review: Based on the successful 'Essential Elements for Choir series, this second volume in our choral sight-singing method will allow you to continue to build skills in your choral ensembles with a handy octavo-sized volume! Continuing where Volume 1 finished, this step-by-step approach uses unison and combinable exercises along with motivating songs to provide a basis for developing music literacy within the choral rehearsal. The Accompaniment CDs provide light accompaniment for the combinable pitch builders, speech choruses and songs. In keeping with the spirit of sight-reading, there is no singing on the CDs.

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6596 01 Songbook $4.95 Sightsinging Material


Emily Crocker / John Leavitt : Essential Musicianship - Book 1, Student

Review: Essential Musicianship, Book 1," recommended for Grades 6-8 or other beginning groups, is a sequential choral method that helps the beginning singer develop a strong foundation of musical skills. In each of the twenty chapters a concept is presented in the theory section, practiced in the sight-reading section, and applied in the performance of a song. Book 1 contains drills, exercises and 37 practice/performance songs for mixed, treble and tenor bass choir.

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1801 01 Songbook $12.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker / John Leavitt : Essential Musicianship - Book 2, Student

Review: "Essential Musicianship, Book 2," recommended for Grades 8-10 or other older beginners, is a sequential choral method that helps the older beginner or returning singer develop basic to intermediate skills. Each of the twenty chapters includes materials for vocal development, music theory, sight reading and performance. Basic notation, rhythm, pitch and basic harmony are covered through drills, exercises and 44 practice/performance songs for mixed, treble and tenor bass choirs.

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1802 01 Songbook $12.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker / John Leavitt : Essential Musicianship - Book 3, Student

Review: "Essential Musicianship, Book 3," recommended for Grades 10-12 or other advanced singers, is a sequential choral method that helps the returning high school singer develop intermediate to advanced skills. Concepts presented include major/minor scales, diatonic chords, intervals, chromaticism, categories of harmony, modes, simple, asymmetric and changing meters. The 52 practice/performance songs for mixed, treble and tenor bass choirs are designed to improve reading skills through expressive singing.

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1803 01 Songbook $12.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker / John Leavitt : Essential Musicianship - Level One Teacher Edition

Review: "Essential Musicianship, Book 1," recommended for Grades 6-8 or other beginning groups, is a sequential choral method that helps the beginning singer develop a strong foundation of musical skills. In each of the twenty chapters a concept is presented in the theory section, practiced in the sight-reading section, and applied in the performance of a song. The Teacher Edition provides comprehensive lesson plans based on the National Standards for Arts Education.

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1807 01 Songbook $19.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker / John Leavitt : Essential Musicianship - Level Three Teacher Edition

Review: ESSENTIAL MUSICIANSHIP is a sequential comprehensive curriculum that is designed to build all the skills of a choral musician. It includes Voice-builders, Theory-Builders, Sight-Reading exercises and songs which can be used for classroom or concert. The easy-to-use format allows the books to be used with all types of choir: mixed, treble or tenor bass.

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1816 01 Songbook $19.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker / John Leavitt : Essential Musicianship - Level Two Teacher Edition

Review: "Essential Musicianship, Book 2," recommended for Grades 8-10 or other older beginners, is a sequential choral method that helps the older beginner or returning singer develop basic to intermediate skills. Each of the twenty chapters includes materials for vocal development, music theory, sight reading and performance. The Teacher Edition provides comprehensive lesson plans based on the National Standards for Arts Education.

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1810 01 Songbook $19.95 Choral Methods


Emily Crocker / John Leavitt : A Cappella Songs For Treble Voices

Review: This collection of original songs and arrangements of folk tunes provides a long-needed source of a cappella contest literature for the developing choir. Quality texts, careful attention to range, tessitura, and thoughtful limits on melodic and harmonic complexity make these settings an ideal first a cappella experience.

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9281 Sheet Music $2.50 Treble Voice Arrangements


Emily Crocker / John Leavitt : TTBB Songbook - A Cappella Songs for Tenor Bass Chorus

Review: This collection of original songs and arrangements of folk tunes provides a long-needed source of a cappella contest literature for the developing choir. Quality texts, careful attention to range, tessitura, and thoughtful limits on melodic and harmonic complexity make these settings an ideal first a cappella experience. The collection is also a resource for concert and sight-reading material for beginning and developing men's choruses.

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9227 Sheet Music $5.50 Male Voice Arrangements


Emily Crocker : Warm Ups & Workouts For The Developing Choir

Review: Warm Ups and Work Outs for the Developing Choir is designed to integrate the elements of good singing into the choral rehearsal. The exercises, each with a specific objective, are aimed toward the developing singer in upper elementary or middle school, but can be successfully used by choirs of any level.

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6444 Vocal Warm Up Exercises $3.95 Choral Warm-Ups

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