This page is dedicated to driving a conversation for choral musicians with the PHILOSOPHY of Choral Music at the heart of every post and podcast episode. Topics will be wide ranging from the technical aspects of our jobs and careers all the way to the artistic interpretations and values that make us who we are as artists. Join me in this conversation in which I hope we can learn from each other.
Episode 134: The A Cappella Connection with Deke Sharon
When you perform, it’s your job to go out there and save a life. Deke Sharon This week, I welcome the “Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” Deke Sharon onto the show. We discuss the origins of the modern “A Cappella” genre as well as the “family tree” of other types of A Cappella vocal music … Continue reading "Episode 134: The A Cappella Connection with Deke Sharon"
Car Thoughts: Student Led Sectionals
“Whoever is doing the talking is doing the learning.” Jen York-Barr In this special car thoughts I will not only DESCRIBE how I use sectionals in rehearsal, I will show you! (Video recommended) I am a big believer in student ownership, and there are few better ways to accomplish this than building a culture of … Continue reading "Car Thoughts: Student Led Sectionals"
Episode 133: Should We Pay Student Teachers? With Dr. Tina Beveridge
Is student teaching a “class?” or a “job?” Does this practice need a revamp in the face of the current teacher shortage? In this episode, I invited Tina Beveridge on to hash out a disagreement. A few months ago, I created a TikTok expressing my opinion that student teachers don’t “deserve” a paycheck. Mostly based … Continue reading "Episode 133: Should We Pay Student Teachers? With Dr. Tina Beveridge"
Episode 132: Learned Helplessness with Christine Sefein
Is it possible that the over-politicization of classroom education could be contributing in some way to the epidemic of mental health problems amongst teens and young adults? Clinical Psychologist, and child of Egyptian immigrants, Christine Sefein thinks we should not ignore this possibility. The modern vogue for activism that kids are learning focuses on the … Continue reading "Episode 132: Learned Helplessness with Christine Sefein"
Year in Review! Top Episodes of 2022
2022 was an exciting year on this show! The first solid year of weekly episodes, a wide range of topics. (Only ONE Covid episode, thank God.) We saw lots of growth in the audience, exciting LIVE recordings, and so much more. In this episode, I have curated some of my favorite moments from YOUR 10 … Continue reading "Year in Review! Top Episodes of 2022"
Episode 131: Going Beyond Good Intentions with Robyn Hilger
In part two of my conversation with ACDA Executive Director Robyn Hilger, we pick up right where we left off last week in Episode 130. I begin by asking Robyn about the ACDA national conventions session line up. We discuss what is there, and what is missing. We move from there into a deep discussion … Continue reading "Episode 131: Going Beyond Good Intentions with Robyn Hilger"
The Resource the Modern Choral Director Needs
This podcast is my everyday way to become a better choral director. It is engaging, thoughtful, and inspiring to people who want to be the best versions of themselves in this important field of work.
Well worth the time
I ran across this podcast as I was struggling with being a first time Choral director. Huge impact on my outlook and rehearsal strategies. An incredibly important tool!!
Anyone leading, singing or interested in choral music should make this a part of their regular podcast rotation. Topics range from the practical (e.g. vocal pedagogy, teaching sight reading) to the philosophical (choirs and diversity/equity, how we interact with our colleagues online and what we value in our ensembles). Both inspirational and helpful!