In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Dr. Madeline Bridges is the Associate Dean for Academic Studies and Professor of Music Education in the School of Music at Belmont University. Dr. Bridges received her Doctorate of Music Education from the University of Alabama, Master of Music Education from George Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Shorter College in Rome, GA.
Dr. Bridges has taught music and music education in classrooms from kindergarten through the graduate level. She serves as Campus Director of the Tennessee Arts Academy and is Co-Director of the Nashville Children's Choir, a multi-level community choir program in residence at Belmont. In the spring of 2002, the Touring Choir component of the Nashville Children's Choir was selected to sing at the biennial national conference of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. Dr. Bridges is also a frequent clinician for choral music festivals and a conference leader in the area of general, choral, and early childhood music.
Active in many professional organizations, she is a past-president of both the Tennessee Music Education Association and the national board of Choristers Guild. Articles and curriculum material by Dr. Bridges have appeared in Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, General Music Today, Tennessee Musician, The Chorister, Young Musicians Magazine, and The Music Leader. Dr. Bridges' primary research interests are in the areas of music teacher education and elementary choral music participation. She is the co-author of the book How to Lead Children's Choirs published by Convention Press and directs the Elementary Choir at McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN.
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Review: This unique resource offers children's choir leaders and classroom music teachers an ideal guide for leading young singers to participate in joyful, purposeful singing experiences. Organized into five chapters, the resource draws music primarily from a folk tradition combining over 75 singing activities into the following sequential teaching process: 1) Exploring the voice; 2) Developing young singers; 3) Singing and moving; 4) Building choral skills; and 5) Singing in harmony. The singing activities range from vocal-exploration activities and action songs designed for young children to more advanced folk songs and dances for older children, plus warm-ups, vocalises, choral technique songs, rounds, and songs that teach part-singing. Each chapter also features an efficient, pedagogically sound teaching plan that teachers can use along with the demonstration DVD included in the resource. Perfect for use throughout the year with children ages 5-12!
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