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Church Choir Development Material

The experience of singing in a church choir is often how many people first learn how much they enjoy singing hamony and the church choir is usually open to all levels of singers. There are therefore unique challenges for the church choir director who might have a more varied group of singers than perhaps a auditioned choir to work with. We offer here a selection of material that will help you get the most musically from your choir.


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Bill Gibson : Ultimate Church Sound Operator Handbook : 01 Book & DVD : 884088106751 : 1423419707 : 00331468

Bill Gibson : Ultimate Church Sound Operator Handbook

The Ultimate Church Sound Operator's Handbook is written to specifically address the concerns and needs of the sound person who serves ministries and churches. The modern church uses many of the same presentation tools that have become common in television, movies, and concerts, placing a unique set of technical expectations on its eager, willing, and primarily volunteer force. This comprehensive handbook blends the relational and technical aspects of church sound in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner. The Ultimate Church Sound Operator's Handbook will provide a leg-up to church sound operators who want to do a great job but need the perfect tool - created specifically for them - to gain the knowledge needed to excel and succeed.

Songlist: Qualifications for Beinga Sound Operator, Responsibilities of a Sound Operator, Spiritual Importance of Worship and Music, Relational Considerations: An Atmosphere of Peace, To Get Paid or Not to Get Paid, Volume Issues: Agreement is the Solution, Who is in Control?, Earning the Trust of the Team, Multi-Generational Hearing Considerations, Sound Theory, Interconnect Basics, The Front-of-House Mixer, Signal Processors and Effects, Microphone Principles and Design, Wireless Systems, Loudspeakers, The Racks: Drive, Amp, Effects, Patch Bays, Basic Equipment Needs for Your Church Size, Monitor Sysems, System Design and Layout, Acoustic Considerations, Miking the Group: Instructions for Different Numbers of Mikes, Common Instruments, and Vocals, Sound Check, Creating an Excellent Mix

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6592b | Book & DVD | $38.95


David Donathan  : How Does Your Choir Grow : Book : 9780687010752

David Donathan : How Does Your Choir Grow

'How Does Your Choir Grow?' treats the subject of recruiting and maintaining choir members, a key task in the role of church music leadership. The area of choir recruiting is a time-cosuming, often frustrating task, particularly in light of the many other aspects of the job. Designed to help directors develop a concrete plan for growth, this book deals with choir recruitment at all age levels. David Donathan has written an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand treatment of concern faced by all choir directors in their ongoing ministry. Any choir director, no matter the number of years of their leadership, will find this book to be a valuable resources.

Songlist: Analyzing Your Present Situation, Developing A Long Range Growth Plan, Developong A New Member Packet, Analysis Of The Physical Needs Of A Music Ministry, The Ever Important First Rehearsal, Organization And Communication, Special Events, Special Projects, Music Leadership In The Community, In Conclusion

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6441b | Book | $11.95


James McCray : Church Choir Director's Guide to Success : Book : 964807002011 : SBMP201

James McCray : Church Choir Director's Guide to Success

Author Dr. James McCray has been a church choir director for over twenty years serviing in both Protestant and Catholic Churches. His music program at the Methodist Church in Ft. Collins, CO, has more than doubled in the time he has been there. His church choir is recognized as one of the finest in the area; they annually perform more than seventy-five anthems/cantatas for the church. He directs two choirs and supervises a staff who direct the children's choirs, the youth choir, and the hadbell choirs. For twenty years he has contributed a monthly article on church music to the international periodical THE DIAPASON. He has published two conducting books, twenty-five major periodical articles and over one-hundred music compositions and editions.

Songlist: Recruiting and retaining singers, Rehearsal strategies, Repertoire, Funding resources and rewards, Special aspects of the church music program

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6411b | Book | $12.95


John Bertalot : How To Be A Successful Choir Director : Book : John Bertalot : 50604665

John Bertalot : How To Be A Successful Choir Director

Dr. John Bertalot has drawn on more than forty years' experience as a renowned choir director and organist to share his knowledge and expertise with those who, like himself, are dedicated to the highest standards of choral training and musical expression. His practical guidance is clear and detailed, illumined by his use of apt analogy, personal anecdote and lively humor, and informed throughout by his psychological and spiritual insights and Christian convictions. This is more than a book of instructions; it is a book of passion and inspiration which can be summed up in one word--love: love for music, love for his singers and love for God. It might well have been called 'Love in Practice,' but you need to read the book before you can fully appreciate how fitting that title would be.

Songlist: Encourage Punctuality, Begin Rehearsals Efficiently, Cure Irregular Attendence, Raise Musical Standards, Make Demands On Your Choir, Conduct More Creatively, Train Your Choir To Listen To You, Teach Them how To Breathe, Sing As Well On Sunday As At Rehearsal, An Inspiring Experience, Stop Your Singers Talking, Keep Your Singers In Order, Watch Out For The Second Law Of Thermodynamics, Ten Basic Points For Musical Rehearsal, Create A Positive Atmosphere, Warm-ups, More Tips About Singing In Tune, Some More Advanced Techniques, Some Hints For Organists, Playing Right Notes Confidently And Musically, More Practical Tips, Random Hints For Choir Practice, Rehearsal Hints For Church Choir Practice, Rehearsal Techniques At A Glance, Searching Questions Which Demand Action, Running A Children's Choir, Problems With Clergy, New Music, The New Choir Director, Finding Sufficient Energy, and more

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6303b | Book | $29.95


John L. Bell : The Singing Thing - Enabling Congregations to Sing : Book : G-5510

John L. Bell : The Singing Thing - Enabling Congregations to Sing

This delightful handbook by John L. Bell of the Iona Community explores the reasons we, as humans, are compelled to express ourselves in song. John has compiled a list of charming introspections about what motivates us to sing or prevents us from singing. Whether we sing to tell stories or don't sing because someone once told us we can't, this engaging and enlightening book examines why everyone can sing and why everyone should. A must-read for choir directors, cantors, and song leaders.

Songlist: Why do We Sing?, Why do Some People Not Sing?, The Ambiguity of Communication, Au Revoir

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6618b | Book | $14.95


John L. Bell : The Singing Thing Too - Enabling Congregations to Sing - Vol 2 : Book : G-6918

John L. Bell : The Singing Thing Too - Enabling Congregations to Sing - Vol 2

In the first volume of The Singing Thing John Bell explored the reasons why people sing. In the long-awaited second volume his concerns are learning and teaching. How do people pick up new music? How do you encourage a congregation to learn a new song? How can you breathe new life into quality hymnody that has gone stale? With both tact and irreverence, John Bell shares insights culled from over 20 years in which he and his colleagues in the Wild Goose Resource and Worship Group have taught new songs in venues as diverse as homes for the elderly with half a dozen hearing-impaired people to the Greenbelt Festival with over 10,000 gathered for worship. The Singing Thing Too is a great resource for pastoral musicians interested in improving the participation of their congregations.

Songlist: Lion-Taming for Lambs or Sheep-Rearing for Tigers, Sunday Morning Showers and Weight-Loss Through Music, Nailbitingly Important Issues for Loose-Fitting Denture Wearers, Advanced Trapeze Technique for Beginners, Typing for Beginners, Morphing the Muse, God's Worldwide Church

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6619b | Book | $14.95


John Yarrington : Building the Youth Choir: Training & Motivating Teenage Singers : Book : John Yarrington : 9780806624549

John Yarrington : Building the Youth Choir: Training & Motivating Teenage Singers

Yarrington provides practical advice on how to get started, offers techniques that work to establish a good sound, suggests music suitable for youth, deals with the challenge of changing voices, and more.

Songlist: Getting Started, Establishing A Sound, Practical Application, Choosing The Music, Studying And Conducting Your Choices, Changing Voices, Private And Class Voice Instruction, Pleasures And Problems Of The Tour

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6463b | Book | $10.95


Lawrence J. Johnson : Primer for the Catholic Choir Member : Book : 6103

Lawrence J. Johnson : Primer for the Catholic Choir Member

Choir members perform a key ministry in the liturgy of the church, adding beauty and solemnity to each celebration. To develop their musical and liturgical skills, they need encouraging words and solid resources. For this reason both the veteran and novice singer and instrumentalist will find 'A Primer for the Catholic Choir Member' an invaluable vade mecum. It is a handy reference not only for choir members but for all members of a singing assembly.

Songlist: Staff and Clef, Notes and Rests, Time Values, Steps, Scales and Keys, Singing in English, Latin Pronunciation, Rehearsals; The Liturgy, A Musical Glossary, A Liturgical Glossary

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6566b | Book | $2.95


Lloyd Pfautsch : Choral Therapy - Vocal Techniques and Exercises for Church Choirs : 01 Book Vocal Warm Up Exercises : 9780687065103

Lloyd Pfautsch : Choral Therapy - Vocal Techniques and Exercises for Church Choirs

Many church choir directors are not formally trained in all disciplines needed to direct a music program. One area which intimidates many directors is that of vocal training and how to increase the ability of the choir. Choral Therapy features a basic, practical, "hands-on" approach to learning skills in this area of choir leadership. These include the following areas: 1. Basic principles of diction 2. Blending of vocal parts 3. Vocal exercises and warm-ups 4. Problem-solving 5. Other areas such as tuning and ensemble Choral Therapy presents its material in a conversational style with many concrete musical examples and exercises. *Written for new directors or the director wanting more training * Written by one of America's most respected choral directors and instructors * Easy-to-read and easy-to-use practical format and style * Contains examples and illustrations that convey key concepts * Helps music leaders become more comfortable with music leadership * Gives music leaders a higher level of confidence in directing

Songlist: The Choir Conductor, Producing Vocal Sound, Considering Diction, Achieving A Vital Chord Sound, Specific Choral Concerns, Problem Words, Wobble Trouble, No Vibrato, Addenda

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6437b | Book Vocal Warm Up Exercises | $11.95


Matthew Hoch : So You Want to Sing Sacred Music : Songbook : 978-1-4422-5699-6

Matthew Hoch : So You Want to Sing Sacred Music

Sacred music traditions vary profoundly from one religion to the next. Even within the Christian faith, one can hear a wide variety of music among and within different denominations. Catholics, mainline Protestants, and Evangelicals have all developed unique traditions. Many people are not exposed to multiple faith experiences in their upbringings, which can make exploring an unfamiliar sacred music style challenging. Because of this, singers and teachers regularly encounter religious singing styles to which they have not yet been exposed.

In So You Want to Sing Sacred Music, multiple contributors offer a broad overview of sacred singing in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Evan Kent, Anthony Ruff, Matthew Hoch, and Sharon L. Radionoff share their expertise on topics as diverse as Jewish cantorial music, Gregorian chant, post-Vatican II Catholic music, choral traditions, and contemporary Christian music. This plethora of styles represents the most common traditions encountered by amateur and emerging professional singers when exploring sacred performance opportunities. In each chapter, contributors consider liturgical origins, musical characteristics, training requirements, repertoire, and resources for each of these traditions. The writers-all professional singers and teachers with rich experience singing these styles-also discuss vocal technique as it relates to each style. Contributors also offer professional advice for singers seeking work within each tradition's institutional settings, surveying the skills needed while offering practical advice for auditioning and performing successfully in the world of sacred music.

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4534b | Songbook | $35.95


Oliver Douberly : Choir Director Basics : Book : 6136

Oliver Douberly : Choir Director Basics

The latest volume in the 'Basics' series is an excellent new resource for choir directors from a recognized expert in the field. Choir director Basics supports and guides the reader through the process of organizing new ensembles as well as developing and improving existing choirs. The book is divided in five parts, each addressing specific aspects of the choir director's work: The Place for the Choir and Preparing to Direct the Choir; The Rehearsal; Making the Choral Sound; Ritual Celebrations; and Administration.

Songlist: Singing From The Same Page, Organization and Paperwork, The Importance of Personal Preparation, Posture and Breathing, Warm Up - Making the Sound, Rehearsing Hymnody, Rhythm and Pulse, Rhythmic Phrases, Diction Skills, Making the Ensemble Sound, Gesture Technique, Conducting from the Console, Recruiting New Choir members, Maintenance of Choir Members

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6571b | Book | $14.95


Richard Devinney : The Wednesday Workout : Book : 9780687443123

Richard Devinney : The Wednesday Workout

By the Way- You Start Tomorrow Night". The recruiting of a less-than-fully-trained person is usually done at the last minute, since the search for a fully trained person will continue as long as there is either time or hope. Our last-minute, inexperienced director, then will be starting immediately. This first chapter is the most light-hearted, the most general, and the most basic of the book. It is pep talk and a look at the thing to do the first night for the first Sunday. The remainder of the book covers the other ongoing aspects of planning and directing effective choral rehearsals.

Songlist: By the Way - You Start Tomorrow Night, Plan on Having a Good Time, Here's How: The Technical Stuff, Diction: It's More Than Just Being Understood, The Voice: Know Your Instruments, Rhythm: Is Your Music Alive?, Choice Matters, But People Always Come First, Tomorrow You Must Get Organized, What's a Choir For?, Now Do It - Week After Week After Week

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Robert Buckley Farlee  : Leading the Church's Song : Book & 1 CD : ED007450

Robert Buckley Farlee : Leading the Church's Song

A practical introduction to leading congregational song in a variety of musical styles and with various instrumental accompaniments. This helpful guide, with audio CD included, will help church musicians master the skills necessary to confidently lead congregational song with stylistic integrity and cultural sensitivity.

Songlist: Foreword, Introduction, Techniques For Leading, Chant, Northern Europe, North American, African Amercian, Contemporary, Latino, African, Asian, Musical Examples

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7458b | Book & 1 CD | $24.95


Royal School of Church Music : Voice for Life Songbook : SATB : Songbook & CD : GIA7159

Royal School of Church Music : Voice for Life Songbook

The Voice for Life Songbook contains a range of material compiled with young people and singers at beginner and intermediate levels in mind. With traditional church music, gospel and jazz, and songs from around the world, this volume will appeal to singers of all ages, and provide your choir with the opportunity to explore a range of musical styles. It comes with a demonstration CD to provide guidance on how the songs sound, and also for those who are not confident at reading music, so they can listen to their part and learn it. There are training notes which accompany each piece to provide ideas about how to introduce each song in rehearsals, ideas for a creative performance, and how to use the song to develop your singers' voices and musical understanding.

Songlist: Rehearsals, Warm-Ups, Amen, Say Amen, Hallelu, Hallelu, Kyrie Eleison, When the Spirit of the Lord, King of Kings, Shalom chaverim, Rejoice in the Lord always, Don't build your house on the sandy land, Freedom train, Now go in peace, Dona nobis pacem, Hallelujah4, Sing with me, Bring the children, Now thank we all our God, The fruits of the land, The Lord is my light, I will sing a song of l;ove, A blessing for Mother's Day, O when the saints, Amazing grace, Prayer of St. Benedict, God the singers, A song of peace and joy, He came singing love, Unfinished story, We rejoice to be God's chosen, For Mary, mother of our Lord, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 7895b | Songbook & CD | $34.95


Royal School of Church Music : Voice for Life Songbook 2 : Songbook & CD : G-7454

Royal School of Church Music : Voice for Life Songbook 2

The Voice for Life Songbook 2 is a graded anthology of more than forty sacred and inspirational songs guaranteed to get your choir singing. Following upon the first Voice for Life Songbook, this new collection will introduce your choir to a greater variety of musical styles and develop their confidence with part-singing and unaccompanied performance. With music ranging from gospel, jazz, and world music to plainsong and early music, the Voice for Life Songbook 2 will appeal to choirs of all ages. Many of the arrangements are flexible, allowing for either upper voice or mixed voice choirs to perform them. The volume includes catchy warm-up songs, rounds, and canons as well as plenty of helpful vocal warm-up ideas and training notes for every piece. This collection features specially commissioned new pieces by experts in the music education field, including Mike Brewer, Ken Burton, Alexander L'Estrange, Geoff Weaver, David Ogden, and Christopher Norton, as well as fresh new works by up-and-coming young composers. Complete with vocal parts for each piece and a demonstration CD, this anthology offers excellent value for the money and offers plenty of inspiration and advice for choir trainers looking to get the very best from their singers.

Songlist: Come on, all you people, Jesus walked this lonesome valley, Alleluya, By the waters of Babylon, Let us sing together, Laudemus, Of the Father's love begotten, Leaning on the Lord's side, Father God in heaven, Change is coming, My God, Non nobis Domine, God is love, Veni, veni, Emmanuel, I see his blood, Song of St Anselm, Nada te turbe, Come ye people, The bread you do not use, Stabat mater, Praise ye the Lord, Change of heart, Siyahamba (We are marching), Jesus Christ the apple tree, What wondrous love is this?, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Alleluia Mozart, Spirit of mercy, Standin' in the need of prayer, The holly and the ivy, and more

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7896b | Songbook & CD | $34.95


Royal School of Church Music : The Bronze Collection : SATB : Songbook : G-6812

Royal School of Church Music : The Bronze Collection

Voice for Life, RSCM Publications' indispensable guide to choral training, now offers four new choral anthem collections specifically designed to accompany their choral training program. These comprehensive and varied collections provide choirs with a vast assortment of anthems ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced. The pieces in each book correspond with the different skill levels in the Voice for Life program. These fine editions also stand on their own as valuable choral collections for any choir.

Songlist: A Gaelic Blessing, A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester, And didst thou travel light, Ave Maria, Ave verum corpus, Away with gloom, away with doubt, Child in the manger, Day by day, Fairest Lord Jesus, From the rising of the sun, Glory, love, and praise and honour, Hide not thou thy face, How beautiful upon the mountains, I am the bread of life, I give you a new commandment, In the heart where love is abiding, Let all the world in every corner sing, Listen, Love one another, Loving God, May the peace of God the Father, O for a closer walk with God, O mysterium ineffabile, O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace, Praise, O praise our God and King, Sent by the Lord am I, Steal away, The Easter Song of Praise, The fruits of the land, The Lord's my shepherd, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 7898b | Songbook | $17.95


Royal School of Church Music : The Voice for Life Chorister's Companion : Songbook : G-7863

Royal School of Church Music : The Voice for Life Chorister's Companion

The Chorister's Companion is packed full of useful information for the budding chorister. It provides everything a new chorister needs to know in one handy pocket-sized book. This makes the ideal gift to choristers new and old. Candidates for the RSCM Bronze and Silver awards will also find much to help them prepare for their exams.

Songlist: Using the voice well, Musical skills and understanding, Belonging to the choir, The church and its worship, The organ and a foreword from singer and radio presenter Aled Jones

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7899b | Songbook | $13.50


Royal School of Church Music : The Silver Collection - Book 1 : Songbook : GIA6811

Royal School of Church Music : The Silver Collection - Book 1

Voice for Life, RSCM Publications' indispensable guide to choral training, now offers four new choral anthem collections specifically designed to accompany their choral training program. This resource contains anthems and songs for the RSCM Silver/Bishop's Awards. It includes many new anthems and songs written especially for the Silver Awards syllabus. These fine editions also stand on their own as valuable choral collections for any choir. Contents: Shephard: Angel Voices Coleman, arr. Barnard: As water to the thirsty, Copland: At the river, Wesley: Blessed be the God and Father, Pitoni: Cantate Domino, Nardone: For the gifts of life and love, Aston: Fountain of sweets, Wood: Glorious and powerful God, Stanford: How beauteous are their feet, McKinley: I will sing of the Lord's great love, Moore: It is a thing most wonderful, Ogden: Jubilate!, Walford Davies: King of Glory, Ives: Listen sweet dove, Parry: My soul, there is a country, Mair arr. Jeffcoat: Now go in peace, Purcell: O God, thou art my God, Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant, Archer: O magnum mysterium, Rossini: O salutaris hostia, Wood: O thou the central orb, Daley: O vos omnes, Weaver: Rejoice, the Lord is King, Tallis: Salvator mundi, Barnard: Shepherd of souls, Leighton: Solus ad victimam, Watson Henderson: The Beatitudes, Kelly: This lovely lady, Ives: Ubi caritas, Wesley: Wash me throughly  

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11203b | Songbook | $19.95


Royal School of Church Music : The Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship : Songbook : 9780854022168 : GIA6390

Royal School of Church Music : The Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship

A complete resource for the teaching and assessment of aural awareness and sight-reading in the Voice for Life Scheme. The Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship is a complete resource for choir trainers, choral directors, and the singers they work with. It contains all you need to train and assess singers for the musicianship targets at White, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red, and Yellow levels, as well as extensive materials to prepare candidates for the aural and sight-reading test in the RSCM Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. The Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship is packed with practical help and advice, and fully supported by supplementary online documents. 

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11204b | Songbook | $44.95


Royal School of Church Music : Voice for Life, Level 1 - Singer's Workbook edition : Songbook : 9781579999070 : GIA6347

Royal School of Church Music : Voice for Life, Level 1 - Singer's Workbook edition

The Royal School of Church Music's indispensable guide to choral training "A church or a school without a choir is like a body without a soul. Singing lies at the heart of worship and education. Voice for Life has a valuable part to play in giving life and soul to us all as we worship and learn." -John Rutter, composer and conductor Designed for use in schools, churches, and with other community choirs, Voice for Life offers five levels of vocal training for beginning through advanced singers. Whether a child or an adult, singers will develop skills in five core areas: using the voice well, musical skills and understanding, repertoire, belonging to the choir, and choir in context. How Voice for Life works There are five levels in the Voice for Life scheme, for singers of any age from beginners through to advanced singers, starting with a preparatory level for brand new, inexperienced singers. White (preparatory level) Light Blue Dark Blue Red Yellow White Level The preparatory White Level for new singers (both children and adults) introduces and assesses very basic choral skills and understanding. On completion of this preparatory level, the singer is admitted as a full member of the choir. There is a Voice for Life White Lapel Badge that can be awarded to acknowledge the singer's achievement. For robed choirs, it may also be your custom to award a surplice at this stage. Some choirs also choose to present singers with the Voice for Life Chorister's Companion (G-7863) on joining the choir. The White Level is fully integrated into Voice for Life resources, with a new White Level Singer's Workbook now available.  Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red, and Yellow Levels Once the singer has become a full member of the choir, they move on to the four main levels of Voice for Life: Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red and Yellow. At each level of Voice for Life there are graded targets which are assessed informally by the choir director. Once a singer has completed the necessary training for that level, reached the targets and finished their workbook they can be awarded their RSCM Voice for Life medal and the appropriately colored ribbon (for robed choirs) or colored lapel badge (for non-robed choirs). The singer then moves on to the next level.

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11206b | Songbook | $9.95


Royal School of Church Music : How to Use Voice for Life : Songbook : GIA6390A

Royal School of Church Music : How to Use Voice for Life

How to Use Voice for Life is a comprehensive guide to the RSCM's acclaimed Voice for Life scheme. Written with choir trainers and directors in mind, it contains everything necessary to help singers get the most out of their Voice for Life choral experience. How to Use Voice for Life supports all aspects of the scheme and its resources. Together with its companion volume, The Voice for Life Guide to Musicianship, (G-6390) it provides both a complete guide to training and assessing singers, and a generous source of technical and practical advice for anyone helping choral musicians to reach their full potential.   How Voice for Life works There are five levels in the Voice for Life scheme, for singers of any age from beginners through to advanced singers, starting with a preparatory level for brand new, inexperienced singers. • White (preparatory level) • Light Blue • Dark Blue • Red • Yellow White Level The preparatory White Level for new singers (ie, probationers/trainee choir members, both children and adults) introduces and assesses very basic choral skills and understanding. On completion of this preparatory level, the singer is admitted as a full member of the choir, and there is an RSCM Chorister's Admission Card that can be given to mark this special occasion. There is also a Voice for Life White Lapel Pin that can be awarded to acknowledge formally the singer's achievement. For robed choirs, it may also be your custom to award a surplice at this stage. Some choirs also choose to present singers with the Voice for Life Chorister's Companion on joining the choir. Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red and Yellow levels Once the singer has become a full member of the choir, they move on to the four main levels of Voice for Life: Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red and Yellow. At each level of Voice for Life there are graded targets which are assessed informally by the choir trainer or teacher. Once a singer has completed the necessary training for that level, reached the targets and finished their workbook they can be awarded their RSCM Voice for Life medal and the appropriately coloured ribbon (for robed choirs) or coloured lapel badge (for non-robed choirs). The singer then moves on to the next level.

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11210b | Songbook | $44.95


Royal School of Church Music : Voice for Life: Guide to Choir Training : Songbook : GIA6390B

Royal School of Church Music : Voice for Life: Guide to Choir Training

Every choir needs a leader to inspire, train and direct it. That person needs all kinds of musical, social, and administrative skills, and these are all explored in depth in The Voice for Life Guide to Choir Training. Here is a comprehensive manual dedicated to the theory and practice of choir training, drawn from the collective knowledge and wisdom of seasoned practitioners in the field. Conceived for experienced leaders and novices alike, it systematically addresses the many different aspects of choir training from conducting and rehearsal management to legal, financial, worship and pastoral issues. It offers countless practical strategies that will be of enormous assistance to all choir trainers and directors, whether or not they are running a Voice for Life scheme. Choir training is a challenge and it demands commitment, but it is hugely rewarding. The Voice for Life Guide to Choir Training will equip musicians in this role with all the skills they need to develop their talents - and those of the singers in their care - so that everyone can grow in confidence and skill, give pleasure and enrichment to those who hear them, and help to inspire the worship of the gathered community. From the Table of Contents: Part 1: Face to face with the choir; Introduction; Rehearsal management; Planning; Warm-ups; Developing technique; Developing musicianship; Working on repertoire Part 2: Behind the scenes; Introduction; The purpose of the choir; Setting up a choir; Recruiting and retaining singers; Jobs within the choir; Choir in context; Legal and administrative matters; Financial matters; Health and safety; Safeguarding  Part 3: The choir in public; Introduction; The choir in worship; The content of church services; Different types of church music; Preparing worship music with the choir; Hymns; Worship songs; Anthems; Settings of the Mass; Singing the psalms; Chant from the Taize tradition; World music; Improving congregational singing; The choir in performance; Repertoire selection; Copyright and licensing; Arranging and composing for choir  Part 4: You as a choir trainer; Introduction; Managing your time; Understanding people; Leadership skills; Communication skills  Part 5: The choir trainer's toolkit; Introduction; Some thoughts about music literacy; Conducting skills; Positioning the choir; Keeping it all together; Focus the choir!; Energize the choir!; Working with young singers; Changing and developing voices; Voice change in older singers; Falsetto; Vibrato; The individual voice and its registers; Getting a good sound: intonation; Getting a good sound: blending; Troubleshooting; Music reference; Photocopiable resources; Voice for Life publications and resources; Other RSCM publications and resources; Index

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11212b | Songbook | $44.95


Tamara Albrecht : Singing Through the Church Year - A Children's Choir Resource Book : Treble : Book : 90-37

Tamara Albrecht : Singing Through the Church Year - A Children's Choir Resource Book

'Singing Through the Church Year' is a creative and comprehensive new resource book for a all of those who work with children. Included are artwork, songs, activities, and teaching suggestions for all of the seasons of the church year. All songs are reproducible for students. Useful as a curriculum or a resource book, this is a valuable publication!

Songlist: Preface, Author's Note, Introductory Material, Suggested Weekly Rehearsal Plan, Suggestions for Weekly Musical Games, Additional Activities, Church Season/Celebrations, Reformation, All Saint's Day, Thanksgiving, Christ the King, Advent Season, Christmas Day/Season, Christmas Pageant, Epiphany Option - Christmas Pagent, Epiphany, Baptism of Our Lord, Transfiguration, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter Sunday, Easter Season, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, Appendix A - Reproducible Song Sheets, Appendix B - Coloring Pages and Picture Cards, Appendix C - Tree of Life and Seasonal Leaves, and more

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Voicing: Treble | 6502b | Book | $29.95


Various Authors : Voice for Life : Book & 1 CD : G-6390

Various Authors : Voice for Life

Designed for use in schools, churches, and with other community choirs, Voice for Life offers four levels of vocal training for beginning through advanced singers. Whether a child or an adult, singers will develop skills in five core areas: using the voice well; musical skills and understanding; repertoire; belonging to the choir; and choir in context. With more than 300 pages, this book contains all the teaching material, guidance notes, and practical advice needed to train and assess singers with confidence at all four levels. Includes reproducible pages for lessons with singers for all four levels.

Songlist: Bronze, Silver, Gold Awards, Module A: Using The Voice Well, Module B: Musical Skills And Understanding, Module C: Repertoire, Module D: Belonging To The Choir, Module E: Choir In Context, Appendixes

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6386b | Book & 1 CD | $44.95


Various Authors : Voice for Life - Light Blue Singers Workbook : Book & 1 CD : GIA6391

Various Authors : Voice for Life - Light Blue Singers Workbook

Designed for use in schools, churches, and with other community choirs, Voice for Life offers four levels of vocal training for beginning through advanced singers. Whether a child or an adult, singers will develop skills in five core areas: using the voice well; musical skills and understanding; repertoire; belonging to the choir; and choir in context. Level 1 includes interactive questions, exercises, puzzles, quotes from singers, voice care tips, and more! Targets and goals are clearly defined, with a space for the director to sign off when a goal is completed.

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6387b | Book & 1 CD | $9.75


Various Authors : Voice for Life - Dark Blue Student Workbook : Book & 1 CD : GIA6392

Various Authors : Voice for Life - Dark Blue Student Workbook

Designed for use in schools, churches, and with other community choirs, Voice for Life offers four levels of vocal training for beginning through advanced singers. Whether a child or an adult, singers will develop skills in five core areas: using the voice well; musical skills and understanding; repertoire; belonging to the choir; and choir in context. Level 2 includes interactive questions, exercises, puzzles, quotes from singers, voice care tips, and more! Targets and goals are clearly defined, with a space for the director to sign off when a goal is completed.

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6388b | Book & 1 CD | $7.95


Various Authors : Voice for Life - Red Student Workbook : Book & 1 CD : GIA6393

Various Authors : Voice for Life - Red Student Workbook

Designed for use in schools, churches, and with other community choirs, Voice for Life offers four levels of vocal training for beginning through advanced singers. Whether a child or an adult, singers will develop skills in five core areas: using the voice well; musical skills and understanding; repertoire; belonging to the choir; and choir in context. Level 3 includes interactive questions, exercises, puzzles, quotes from singers, voice care tips, and more! Targets and goals are clearly defined, with a space for the director to sign off when a goal is completed.

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6389b | Book & 1 CD | $11.95


Various Authors : Voice for Life - Yellow Student Workbook : Book & 1 CD : GIA6394

Various Authors : Voice for Life - Yellow Student Workbook

Designed for use in schools, churches, and with other community choirs, Voice for Life offers four levels of vocal training for beginning through advanced singers. Whether a child or an adult, singers will develop skills in five core areas: using the voice well; musical skills and understanding; repertoire; belonging to the choir; and choir in context. Level 4 includes interactive questions, exercises, puzzles, quotes from singers, voice care tips, and more! Targets and goals are clearly defined, with a space for the director to sign off when a goal is completed.

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6390b | Book & 1 CD | $7.95


Virgil C. Funk : The Singing Assembly - Pastoral Music in Practice : Book : 6048

Virgil C. Funk : The Singing Assembly - Pastoral Music in Practice

The assembly is at the very center of the church's worship. And the song of the assembly is the core of the church's sung worship. The fifteen articles in this volume, selected from Pastoral Music, show you why this song is important, how to promote it, and how to increase its quality.

Songlist: The Assembly and Its Song, Full, Conscious and Active Participation, The Art of Assembly-ing, Do It With Style, Participation - Is It Worth the Effort, Performance vs. Participation, Balancing Performance and. Participation, Making it Happen, Helping your Congregation, Congregational Singing - What?, How? Why?, ..But!, On Your Mark! Get Set! Sing!, How Can We Keep Them Singing?, 1o Comandments for the Sound of a Singing Congregation

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6568b | Book | $3.95


Wayne L. Wold : Preaching to the Choir: The Care and Nurture of the Church Choir : Book : 9780806646756

Wayne L. Wold : Preaching to the Choir: The Care and Nurture of the Church Choir

With readable, knowing, and often witty writing, Wayne L. Wold provides helpful guidance for every choir director about the care and nurture of the church choir. His "Eleven Things Not to Say at Choir Rehearsal" alone makes this volume worth adding to your library.

Songlist: The Basis For Caring, Planning Ahead Is Pastoral Care, Good Rehearsals Are Pastoral Care, Teaching Is Pastoral Care, Caring For The Soul, Interaction Away From The Music, Pastoral Care At The Stress Points, Nuturing Your Self Is Pastoral Care, Vocation, Selected Resources For The Church Musician

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6462b | Book | $10.95

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