In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Michael Kemp
The Choral Challenge

Introduction: The Human Voice
Ch 1: Loosening Up the Articulators
Ch 2: Posture And Spinal Alignment
Ch 3: Open Throat
Ch 4: Breath Support and Airflow
Ch 5: Tone Placement and Vocal Registers
Ch 6: Vowel Color and Diction
Ch 7: Vibrato
Ch 8: Other Concerns Related to the Voice
Ch 9: How To Place Singers into Correct Voice Parts
Ch 10: Considerations in Choosing Repertoire
Ch 11: Conductor Study Procedures
Ch 12: Warm-Up Exercises
Ch 13: Conductor Concerns Regarding Rehearsal
Ch 14: Additional Ideas for Energizing Rehearsal
Ch 15: What Is Different About Conducting Instruments?
Ch 16: Get Yourself Motivated First
Ch 17: The Discipline of the Conductor
Ch 18: Motivational Aspects of Rehearsing
Ch 19: Steps Toward Increasing Your Effectiveness
Ch 20: Stuck In A Rut?
Ch 21: Getting Ready for Rehearsals
Ch 22: A Successful Rehearsal Comes From A Stimulating Plan
Ch 23: Keeping Rehearsal Alive
Ch 24: Teaching Through Sports Analogies
Ch 25: People Skills for Choir Directions
Ch 26: Getting Singers to Aim Higher
Ch 27: Developing Teamwork
Ch 28: Building The Support System
Ch 29: Motivating Yourself Past Problems
Ch 30: Adopting a New Perspective
Ch 31: Developing Worthy Goals
Ch 32: Marketing Your Philosophy
Ch 33: Tips For Interviews with Potential Supporters
Ch 34: Stimulating Curiosity
Ch 35: The "Hit List": Gathering Names To Go After
Ch 36: Recruiting Strategies for Youth
Ch 37: A Recruiting Credo

From common to not-so-common problems facing choral conductors of all experience levels (from "a" for agility to "y" for yawning), Michael Kemp brings a lifetime of experience living and working in the choral world to create a truly remarkable and practical book. Kemp starts with a myriad of quick-fix solutions to common "choral challenges" and then provides in-depth explanations for choir directors who need more. He follows with sections on planning and preparation (including 62 warm-up exercises), as well as an enlightening discussion on motivating and recruiting choir members. The result is a truly comprehensive handbook representing true best practices poured into a single incredibly useful and well-organized resource. Michael Kemp is an internationally respected choral clinician, conducting more than 300 workshops and festivals over 35 years. He is conductor of the choruses and orchestras of Germantown Academy in Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the legendary Kemp family of choral musicians.

Item code: 6659B | Book | $39.95 add item to cart
Choral  | 287 Pages | Hardcover | 7 x 10

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