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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.

    097. Lessons that Choir Directors Can Learn from Ted Lasso

    097. Lessons that Choir Directors Can Learn from Ted Lasso

    After several days off due to snow and dangerous wind chills, I knew it was going to be a challenge to get my singers back into our routine.  As they started coming into the room, I thought to myself:

    "I'm going to have to go all Ted Lasso on these guys today!"

    And it got me thinking--there are lots of lessons that we as choir directors can learn from Ted Lasso.  In Episode 97 of the podcast, I discuss seven of the lessons that we can take from Ted to build community and move our choir programs forward!

    Ted Lasso is just one of the "roles" that we can play when it comes to motivating our singers, as well as dealing with conflict resolution.  In one of this month's video workshops, I discuss ten roles/strategies that you could use to turn around your unmotivated singers.  Sound like something that would be helpful to you? Then join us in the Choir Director Corner Community Membership, over at:

    choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

    and get access to online courses, our Monthly Missions video workshops, a library of PDF/Google Doc classroom resources, our NEW Choir Director Corner Searchie Hub, and more!

    • 26 min
    096. "My Choir is SO Unmotivated!" I Have Questions.

    096. "My Choir is SO Unmotivated!" I Have Questions.

    The social post said, in so many words--"My Choir is SO Unmotivated!"  And this is obviously a widespread problem, because the responses were flying fast and furious, all from choir directors with the same problem!  But most of the responses never dealt with the real question, which is WHY our singers are so unmotivated. Pinpointing the root cause is the first step to coming up with potential solutions to combat the issue.

    This is an issue that I have dealt with myself as well, and in Episode 96 of the podcast, I'm sharing with you the questions that I ask to help myself analyze the situation, get to the root of the problem, and get my singers back to the attentive, engaged, motivated choir that they normally are!  Plus, get an exclusive sneak peek at our Choir Director Corner Community Membership's upcoming video training that shares with you a multitude of options for responding to this issue!

    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 Missions" Trainings where we focus on a specific topic, and you can ask questions and get feedback on how to tackle your biggest teaching challenges.  And, as a member, you'll get access to our brand new CDC Searchie Hub, the AI tool created specifically for choir directors!

    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

    • 29 min
    095. Tips for Translating Your Score Study into Rehearsal Techniques

    095. Tips for Translating Your Score Study into Rehearsal Techniques

    Diving into a choral score is a big process, but also one that is critical in bringing the music we have before us to life.  Once we have tackled our score study, a new challenge emerges–how does the work we’ve done in preparing the score show up in our rehearsal process?

    In Episode 95 of the podcast, I’m sharing with you some tips for how choir directors can connect the dots between the in-depth analysis of a choral score and the practical, and creative, aspects of rehearsal planning, ensuring every rehearsal is not only productive and purposeful, but also engaging!

    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 Missions" Trainings where we focus on a specific topic, and you can ask questions and get feedback on how to tackle your biggest teaching challenges.  And, as a member, you'll get access to our brand new CDC Searchie Hub, the AI tool created specifically for choir directors!

    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

    • 23 min
    094. AI for Choir Directors?

    094. AI for Choir Directors?

    There’s been a lot in the news about AI recently, and more specifically, with ChatGPT.  I myself have used ChatGPT for a number of things, for a number of purposes–usually as an assistant to bounce ideas off of, and to brainstorm ideas when my brain is fried.  It certainly can be helpful in saving me time.  But there are still a lot of issues with it--the information often isn't accurate, you don't know where the information is coming from, and it doesn't always apply directly to everything we do as choir directors.

    But I have good news!  In Episode 94 of the podcast, I’m sharing with you an AI resource made SPECIFICALLY for choir directors, which solves all of the challenges with other typical AI tools! With this tool, you will save hours and hours of time searching; you will get detailed, in-depth answers to your questions, and you will know EXACTLY who/where the information is coming from.  I'm super excited to share this resource with you, as I believe it will be a game-changer for choir directors, and it's only going to get better!

    For a video tutorial, head on over to: choirdirectorcorner.com/hubtutorial

    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 Missions" Trainings where we focus on a specific topic, and you can ask questions and get feedback on how to tackle your biggest teaching challenges.  And, as a member, you'll get instant access to the resource discussed in today's episode!

    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

    • 19 min
    093. Still Looking For Winter Choral Repertoire?

    093. Still Looking For Winter Choral Repertoire?

    As choir directors, we always have to be one step ahead.  Which means that even though it's fall outside, it's time to start planning for those much-anticipated winter choral concerts! In Episode 93 of the podcast, I share with you five hand-picked winter themed choir pieces, all of which would be great additions to your winter concert.
    Get set to introduce new repertoire to your choir, irrespective of whether it's an upper elementary, middle school, high school or an adult community choir!

    And if after listening you are still looking for more winter repertoire ideas, our recent Monthly Mission inside of the Choir Director Corner Community Membership was all about searching for Winter and Holiday repertoire!  In this training I share over 60 winter and holiday-themed pieces of choral rep, organized by voicing and experience levels!

    To become a member and get access to all of our Monthly Missions, as well as Online Courses, a Resource Library with over 50 PDF's and Google Docs, head on over to:

    choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

    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!

    • 16 min
    092. Dealing with Talkative Singers in Choir Rehearsal

    092. Dealing with Talkative Singers in Choir Rehearsal

    One of the questions I most often get from choir directors is, "My singers are so chatty--how do I get them to stop talking?"  Granted, I'm not someone that expects total silence in my rehearsal.  But at the same time, in order for there to be as few distractions as possible, and have rehearsal be as productive as possible, it's a good idea to limit any unnecessary chatting by our singers. 

    So in Episode 92 of the podcast, I'm sharing 11 proven strategies that will not only reduce unnecessary chatting and distractions, but also instill a sense of personal responsibility in your singers. From setting clear expectations to the nitty-gritty of best practices, you'll learn how to turn those "Chatty Cathies" into focused and engaged choir members!

    Resources discussed in this episode:

    Blog Post: How to Run a Silent Rehearsal with Your Choir

    Blog Post: 12 Strategies for Using Audiation with Your Choir

    FREE Training: 10 Rehearsal Strategies to Engage and Empower Your Singers


    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 Missions" Trainings where we focus on a specific topic, and 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

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 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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