Since we only meet once a week, this post is a supplement to the other resources on the blog and intended to help you prepare for your assignments and other responsibilities. Let’s begin with the syllabus, which will be updated throughout the semester as necessary (click below):

act syllabus, sp2019 (updated 1/28)

  • Begin philosophy discussion, which includes a class handout (below), and I’ve also provided a copy of my lecture notes. We will continue this discussion and, hopefully, you will apply these ideas to your teaching for the rest of your career!



Use study guide and power points to help you review. See:

Reflection-Synthesis Paper #1 (Philosophy). Refer to the syllabus for specific guidelines. Please be sure to synthesize (summarize) our MEAE discussion (see notes/worksheet above) and reflect (apply) it to your own teaching philosophy. The idea is to incorporate these new ideas into your own thinking! Do not recycle a philosophy paper from another class!! For ideas, read the following blog posts:

22 February

  • Thank you all for making this class such a positive experience thus far! I appreciate your flexibility, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, energy, expertise, and willingness to experiment with techniques to become excellent choral music educators! I hope you’re learning a lot and that the class is meeting your expectations. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you to succeed!!
  • For today, read TKTS Ch. 5 (pp. 109-142) and be ready for chapter test on Chapters 4 & 5. This test is VERY important, as it is critical for you to understand this material in order to work effectively with students’ voices. Be sure to read the each chapter in its entirety, complete the study guide worksheet, and view the power points. To help you focus, however, the test will focus most exclusively on the following pages:
    • pp. 88-98
    • pp. 102-104
    • pp. 109-119
    • pp. 122-128
    • pp. 133-136
  • Continue teaching rounds and canons:
    • Tyler Turpen
    • Hunter Miller
    • Troy Gartner
    • Chris Harty
    • Dylan Natiello
  • Discuss next class activity assignment (leading ensembles vocalises with tuning fork and from behind the piano) and reserve your date. For ideas, see “Practical Pointers for Leading Group Vocalises” at the bottom of this post:
  • Discuss Ch. 5 and how to select music for various grade levels and voice types. If you haven’t done so already, begin working on your Repertoire Reservoir (concert programs). For ideas,  see: