Saturday, August 3, 2019
A Report on Lifeline for ChildrenÃ¢â¬â¢s Choir Directors Essay -- Choir Cho
Mrs. Bartle employs a little bit of four of each of the methods shared in (the vocal pedagogy) class. She uses a lot of the Westminister method but borrows from the others. The others she borrows from are Christiansen, Fred Warning and Wilson/Klein. Much of what she writes, is from her own lifeÃ¢â¬â¢s career experiences as a choral director. The first subject she deals with is the directorÃ¢â¬â¢s attitude. A director should have a positive attitude. (p. 3, Bartle) In chapter two she discusses the development of a childÃ¢â¬â¢s voice in a mechanistic way. She wants the Ã¢â¬â¢flutetyÃ¢â¬â¢ sound of a childÃ¢â¬â¢s voice developed, between the ages 6-8. (ps. 7-9) This reminds me of the Westminister method. She tells how to help a child that has problems sing on Ã¢â¬â¢centerÃ¢â¬â¢. (ps. 13-15.) She tells how to help children pronounce their vowels when they sing. She does this by demonstrating the position of the jaw with a rubber band. She also teaches children how to form vowels and diphthongs with their mouths. (ps. 19-21) She gives some mechanistic methods on how to develop good diction with nonsense word drills and by exaggerating consonants as they whisper words. (ps. 22-3) This reminds me of the Fred Warning emphasis on good pronunciation. She gives some reasons why a childrenÃ¢â¬â¢s choir may sing flat or sharp, and then gives some mechanistic ways to fix them. (p. 27) A choir director must fix his own hearing, before they can get to Ã¢â¬â¢first baseÃ¢â¬â¢, with their choir members. They can do this by listening to some Bach chorales, then leave them for a week, come back and play them several times, then write them down on a manuscript. (p. 27) She discusses the many ways of teaching children rhythm, but she also advises, Ã¢â¬ let us not disregard the oldÃ¢â¬ . (ps. 28-9) She a... ...aguar the loyalty of a Dog the charm of a Kitten and the appearance of a Sea It would also be helpful if he has: a bag full of tricks a head full of Tools a lifetime of Ideas a background of a few failures as well as success and a heart full of hope and faith in people.Ã¢â¬ (ps. 155-6) At the very end of the book, she has a bibliography of twenty-six sources, and six commentators of note such as Sir David Willcocks. (ps.157-9) I enjoyed reading this book. This book would be a handy aid in assisting any ChildrenÃ¢â¬â¢s Choir Director. I like the way she borrows from a lot of methodologies to develop her own. By burrowing she has developed a very good way to direct choirs. Work Cited. Bartle, Jean Ashworth Lifeline for ChildrenÃ¢â¬â¢s Choir Directors. Published by Gordon V. Thompson Music, a Division of Canada Publishing Corporation. Toronto, Canada. 1988.