Books for Summer Reading (28)
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A Cappella Pop: A Complete Guide to Contemporary A Cappella Singing
Brody McDonald - Alfred Music Publishing

A cappella pop singing...it's the hottest trend in the nation and the ideal challenge for your top high school and collegiate-level singers. Opening with a foreword by Deke Sharon, the book covers every... view details

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Cantabile (A Manual about Beautiful Singing for Singers, Teachers of Singing and Choral Conductors)
Katharin Rundus - Pavane Publishing

This vocal pedagogy textbook breaks the mold! Making complex concepts easily understood has been the hallmark of Kathi Rundus' teaching career. Filled with anatomical drawings, pictures, graphs and valuable... view details

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Choral Singing Step by Step (Eleven Concise Lessons for Individual or Choral Ensemble Use)
James Jordan - GIA Publications

This unique self-study guide distills the essentials of good vocal technique into eleven concise, accessible lessons.  Prepared by acclaimed conductor and pedagogue James Jordan, it is a perfect guide for... view details

The Complete Guide to Teaching Vocal Jazz
Steve Zegree - Heritage Music Press

Are you thinking of starting your own vocal jazz group, or bringing some characteristic jazz charts into your choir program? Make sure you check out this indispensable book by Steve Zegree.  It will get you... view details

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Conducting Women's Choirs (Strategies for Success)
ed. Debra Spurgeon - GIA Publications

This is a pioneering yet practical book and DVD devoted to all aspects of the women's choir - a groundbreaking contribution and a true collaborative effort from top professionals in the field. For the first... view details

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Creating Artistry Through Choral Excellence
Henry Leck & Flossie Jordan - Hal Leonard Corporation

True artistry is a mastery of details, and Henry Leck's treatise on the choral art discusses virtually every aspect of choral music with clarity and expertise.  The first of its two sections contains practical... view details

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Creating Artistry Through Movement and the Maturing Male Voice
Henry Leck & Randy Stenson - Hal Leonard Corporation

Here is an amazing choral resource that demonstrates how movement while singing helps to harness the natural kinesthetic learning processes in males. Featuring the acclaimed St. Mary's International School... view details

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Dictionary of Dance
John Jacobson - Hal Leonard Corporation

This handy, practical resource features over 450 choreography terms, defined and demonstrated with the music teacher in mind. In the book, the movements are alphabetized and numbered, with easy-to-follow... view details

Educating Young Singers (A Resource for Teacher-Conductors)
Mary Goetze, Angela Broeker & Ruth Boshkoff - MJ & Associates, Inc.

This marvelous book is filled with ideas, processes, demonstrations, and activities to give the choral teacher-conductor a multifaceted tool for nurturing the developing choir. The book is organized in three... view details

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Everyday Wisdom for Inspired Teaching
Tim Lautzenheiser - GIA Publications

What are the secret ingredients of master teachers? If you were a student in your class, what would you be learning? Would it be both exciting and valuable? How do you create a disciplined classroom... view details

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Evoking Sound: Choral Vocal Technique (The Choral Warmup)
Sabine Horstmann - GIA Publications

Inspired by the teachings of her mentor, the legendary Frauke Haasemann, Sabine Horstmann has written these creative exercises for choirs at any level of development.  Written in a straightforward, direct... view details

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Finding Ophelia's Voice, Opening Ophelia's Heart (Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice)
Lynne Gackle - Heritage Music Press

Lynne Gackle, Associate Professor of Ensembles and Assistant Choral Director at Baylor University, has long been an advocate for the power of singing as a catalyst for positive change and self-actualization in... view details

IPAlphabet (The Vocal Music Resource for Pronunciation)
Cristian Grases - Pavane Publishing

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is the standard source for phonetic notation. This resource provides an easy-to-use format for understanding pronunciation for each letter of the alphabet, in any... view details

Inside the Elementary School Chorus
Patricia Bourne - Heritage Music Press

Designed specifically for the music educator working with non-auditioned children's choruses, Patricia Bourne's Inside the Elementary School Chorus addresses everything from recruiting to getting kids... view details

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John Jacobson's Riser Choreography (A Director's Guide for Enhancing Choral Performances)
John Jacobson - Hal Leonard Corporation

Movement enhances even the simplest musical settings. It can bring energy to a dynamic show choir number or simple elegance to a beautiful concert piece without your choir ever leaving the risers! John... view details

Music Advocacy (Moving from Survival to Vision)
John L. Benham - Rowman & Littlefield Pub Group

Finally, a "how-to" book for advocating for music education in your own school district! It helps you to understand educational processes and how budget decisions are made. It also provides suggestions on how... view details

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Music Curriculum Writing 101 (Assistance with Standards-Based Music Curriculum and Assessment Writing)
Denese Odegaard - GIA Publications

Help music students learn more in less time, reach higher goals, and become active participants in their education. An extremely timely and beneficial text for band, choir, orchestra and general music that... view details

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The Music Teacher's First Year (Tales of Challenge, Joy, and Triumph)
Beth Peterson - Meredith Music Publications

From a first-year teacher whose instruments were stolen before entering his building and a teacher who received "hate mail" before her first day, to a teacher whose sensitivity, flexibility and insight gained... view details

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The Perfect Blend
Timothy Seelig - Shawnee Press

From the basics of posture and breathing to the final bow of your concert, The Perfect Blend takes you on an entertaining ride through vocal and choral technique. The book is full of warm-ups, old and... view details

Performance Assessment and Reflection in Choral Ensembles
Wendy Barden - Neil A Kjos Music Co

How is achievement - the choir's performance - usually assessed?  By how well the ensemble performs at the concert, of course!  This user-friendly resource discusses assessment, feedback and reflection to... view details

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Putting the Show in Choir (The Ultimate Handbook for Your Rehearsal and Performance)
Valerie Lippoldt Mack - Shawnee Press

This is not only for show and jazz choirs, but for concert choirs as well. In her comprehensive 100-page book, the best-selling author reflects on her career as a music educator, dancer and musician, and... view details

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Scale Your Way to Music Assessment (The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Quality Music Program)
Paul Kimpton & Delwyn Harnisch - GIA Publications

Scale Your Way to Music Assessment is a hands-on, step-by-step action plan for using assessment to improve your teaching and your students' performances.  Designed for instrumental, choral and general music... view details

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Sweat, Tears and Jazz Hands (The Official History of Show Choir, from Vaudeville to Glee)
Mike Weaver & Colleen Hart - Hal Leonard Corporation

For the first time ever, the real story behind the fascinating world of show choirs is told in this entertaining book. Featuring more than 100 competitive show choirs from around the United States in photos,... view details

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Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir (Volume 1)
Ed. Heather J. Buchanan & Matthew W. Mehaffey - GIA Publications

This book is an ideal tool for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the choral repertoire and wishes to learn from leading conductors and educators in the choral profession. In Part I, noted choral... view details