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The Choir Director Corner Podcast is dedicated to providing choir directors with practical resources to utilize in their teaching. Matt Walker, the creator of The Choir Director Corner, reveals the teaching strategies, methods, and workflows that he has used in building a successful choral program. Discover tips and strategies that will help you save time amidst your busy schedule, run more productive, engaging and efficient rehearsals, and help you tackle your biggest teaching challenges.

The Choir Director Corner Podcast Matt Walker

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The Choir Director Corner Podcast is dedicated to providing choir directors with practical resources to utilize in their teaching. Matt Walker, the creator of The Choir Director Corner, reveals the teaching strategies, methods, and workflows that he has used in building a successful choral program. Discover tips and strategies that will help you save time amidst your busy schedule, run more productive, engaging and efficient rehearsals, and help you tackle your biggest teaching challenges.

    084. Tips for Making Music Literacy Stick With Your Singers!

    084. Tips for Making Music Literacy Stick With Your Singers!

    I had a great conversation recently via Zoom with Matthew, who is a member of our Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  He wanted to pick my brain about a couple things, and we discussed a variety of topics, including how to improve retention when it came to music literacy skills.  Matthew was doing all of the things that a choir director should do, but for whatever reason, he was still having difficulty in getting music literacy skills to stick with his singers.

    In thinking about my teaching over the years, there have been times where retention from one rehearsal to the next has certainly been an issue.  But I've experienced that there are some particular tips and strategies that can help when it comes to making music literacy "stick", and in today's episode, I'm sharing them with you!

    Would Group and 1-to-1 Zoom Coaching Calls help you grow as a choir director?  Then you should become a member of the Choir Director Corner Community Membership, just like Matthew did!  You can sign up over at:

    choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

    • 35 min
    083. Creating Great Art at All Levels: Conversation with Ryan Main

    083. Creating Great Art at All Levels: Conversation with Ryan Main

    Welcome to 2023!  To get the new year started off, I'm sharing my conversation with composer and music educator Ryan Main.  I talked with Ryan about how he became a composer, his compositional process, some of his recent compositions, his work with the Youth Chorus of Kansas City, and more!  I had a great time talking with Ryan, and I know you are going to enjoy learning more about him and his work.

    To learn more about Ryan and his music, head on over to ryanmain.com.


    Looking for an online community of choir directors, just like you? Then you should really check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!  Inside the membership there are Online Courses, a Resource Library with over 50 PDF's and Google Docs, and Monthly Collaboration Calls where you can ask questions and get feedback on how to tackle your biggest teaching challenges.

    And now, when you sign up for the annual option, you'll get two months free: 12 months access for the price of 10!

    Leading a choir doesn't have to be a DIY endeavor--it's better when it's done together!  Come join an awesome online community of choir directors just like you over at:

    choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

    • 46 min
    082. Ten Reasons to Play Kahoot with Your Choir!

    082. Ten Reasons to Play Kahoot with Your Choir!

    If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your choir, Kahoot is one of the best options out there!  And in today's episode of the podcast, I am sharing with you ten of my top reasons why you should play Kahoot with your choir.  And, I am also sharing with you the Kahoots I have already created, so that you don't have to start from scratch!  Whether you are looking for a different way to do formative assessment, need a plan for a substitute teacher, or just want to change things up--this episode is for you!

    For the full story, head on over to:  choirdirectorcorner.com/kahoot


    Looking for an online community of choir directors, just like you? Then you should really check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!  Inside the membership there are Online Courses, a Resource Library with over 50 PDF's and Google Docs, and Monthly Collaboration Calls where you can ask questions and get feedback on how to tackle your biggest teaching challenges.

    And now, when you sign up for the annual option, you'll get two months free: 12 months access for the price of 10!

    Leading a choir doesn't have to be a DIY endeavor--it's better when it's done together!  Come join an awesome online community of choir directors just like you over at:

    choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

    • 20 min
    081. Playing the Game of Tones with Zack Durlam!

    081. Playing the Game of Tones with Zack Durlam!

    Yes, my friends...Winter Is Coming!  But it's not the Game of Thrones--it's the "Game of Tones"! ;)

    In Episode 81 of the podcast, I'm talking with Zack Durlam, who serves as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Zack is a fantastic choir director (he was my cooperating teacher for student teaching back in the day), and also has a wonderful tenor voice.  One of his passions is teaching healthy vocal technique in imaginative and creative ways, and he has done a number of collaborations with his collegiate voice faculty colleagues.  When a voice teacher comes into your rehearsal and says, "I really like that--I'm going to use that in my studio", you know you're doing something right!

    I've seen Zack present his session called "Game of Tones" multiple times, and it is fantastic.  In this episode he goes through many of the concepts related to vocal technique, and gives you tips and strategies that you can use in rehearsal that will help your singers develop healthy vocal technique, while at the same time help you to mold the sound of your ensemble.  And he does it in a way that's easy to understand, and a whole lot of fun! 


    If you're looking for a way to teach the basics of vocal technique to your singers, while at the same time assess their vocal development and document their progress, then my Vocal Technique 101 Teaching Unit is just what you need! 

    This classroom resources consists of eight video lessons, in which I discuss some of the basic concepts of vocal technique.  Each lesson includes a Google Form Quiz that will guide your singers through the lesson (and act as an easy assessment piece), as well as some additional ideas that you can use to assess the vocal development of your singers!  Use the lessons in rehearsal, as homework for your singers, or as an easy lesson for a substitute teacher! Click HERE for more information!


    Looking for an online community of choir directors, just like you? Then you should really check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!  Inside the membership there are Online Courses, a Resource Library with over 50 PDF's and Google Docs, and Monthly Collaboration Calls where you can ask questions and get feedback on how to tackle your biggest teaching challenges.

    And now, when you sign up for the annual option, you'll get two months free: 12 months access for the price of 10!

    Leading a choir doesn't have to be a DIY endeavor--it's better when it's done together!  Come join an awesome online community of choir directors just like you over at:

    choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

    • 58 min
    080. Discussing the Ten-Second Rule!

    080. Discussing the Ten-Second Rule!

    Growing up, we always had the "ten-second rule"; if what we were eating fell on the floor, we had ten seconds to pick it up and eat it.  Otherwise, it went to the trash!  Chances are, you have a similar rule in your household, depending on the food, and the floor :)

    We had the opportunity to Zoom with the composer of two of the pieces on our most recent concert, and he discussed a different type of ten-second rule.  It was a great conversation, one that helped our ensemble have a more successful and engaging performance.  And better yet, there are multiple ways you can make this "ten-second rule" work for you!


    Looking for an online community of choir directors, just like you? Then you should really check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!  Inside the membership there are Online Courses, a Resource Library with over 50 PDF's and Google Docs, and Monthly Collaboration Calls where you can ask questions and get feedback on how to tackle your biggest teaching challenges.

    And now, when you sign up for the annual option, you'll get two months free: 12 months access for the price of 10!

    Leading a choir doesn't have to be a DIY endeavor--it's better when it's done together!  Come join an awesome online community of choir directors just like you over at:

    choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

    • 12 min
    079. How Sight Reading Can Solve (Almost) All of Your Choir Rehearsal Problems!

    079. How Sight Reading Can Solve (Almost) All of Your Choir Rehearsal Problems!

    Ever wish you had a rubber stamp, so you didn't have to keep saying the same thing over and over again?  I had that experience recently, as choir directors were detailing the different challenges they were dealing with in their rehearsals. 

    I found myself saying the same response to all of the different rehearsal challenges I was hearing, and it was "sight reading"!  In Episode 79 of the podcast, I'm discussing nine different problems you could solve by utilizing sight reading in different ways in your choir rehearsals.  And some of them might surprise you! 

    In this episode I also discuss a new sight reading resource that you can use to bring some "collaborative gamification" to your choir rehearsals, and make sight reading something that your singers will be excited about!

    Looking for an online community of choir directors, just like you? Then you should really check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!  Inside the membership there are Online Courses, a Resource Library with over 50 PDF's and Google Docs, and Monthly Collaboration Calls where you can ask questions and get feedback on how to tackle your biggest teaching challenges.

    And now, when you sign up for the annual option, you'll get two months free: 12 months access for the price of 10!

    Leading a choir doesn't have to be a DIY endeavor--it's better when it's done together!  Come join an awesome online community of choir directors just like you over at:

    choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Alleycat1! ,

Great Resource

What a great resource for all choral conductors! Many helps and suggestions to use with your choir.

UMichRCS ,

Super practical for newbies and seasoned professionals alike!

I’ve been teaching successfully for 19 years but sometimes I feel like I need to change things up. Matt does a great job with practical tips and resources. I really love this show.

nmmiller816 ,

A nice resource for practical information

I enjoy listening to The Choir Director Corner podcast. Matt does a nice job of presenting practical information- things that can be put to use right away! The episodes are usually pretty concise, but they contain ideas you could apply in your rehearsals and planning.

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