20 tips for working with a middle school youth choir (6th-8th graders) - warm-ups, working with changing voices, choosing repertoire, and more! | @ashleydanyew

20 tips for working with a middle school youth choir (6th-8th graders) - warm-ups, working with changing voices, choosing repertoire, and more! | @ashleydanyew

Warm up: Call and response clapping with great vocal inflections.  This is a great example of how to maintain a beat or rhythm in a vocal warm-up.  You could then build upon this as an ensemble to consider how rhythm can be used in your acting dialogue.

Warm up: Call and response clapping with great vocal inflections. This is a great example of how to maintain a beat or rhythm in a vocal warm-up. You could then build upon this as an ensemble to consider how rhythm can be used in your acting dialogue.

In the Middle With Mr D: Why won't my middle school choir sing? Part 1

In the Middle With Mr D: Why won't my middle school choir sing? Part 1

Choir student hoedown! This is a fun lesson plan for middle school and high school choir students, especially towards the end of the year when everyone is getting excited for summer!

Choir student hoedown! This is a fun lesson plan for middle school and high school choir students, especially towards the end of the year when everyone is getting excited for summer!

Example of a four-part round using 'Dynamite'.  Great group activity for vocal warm-ups, which also builds ensemble, whilst developing listening and tone/pitch skills.  This could be modified by getting different groups to add in different skills - like over enunciating, projecting, using a quiet tone, etc...

Example of a four-part round using 'Dynamite'. Great group activity for vocal warm-ups, which also builds ensemble, whilst developing listening and tone/pitch skills. This could be modified by getting different groups to add in different skills - like over enunciating, projecting, using a quiet tone, etc...

I'm speechless when it comes to this song...just amazing for a middle school choir.

I'm speechless when it comes to this song...just amazing for a middle school choir.

Looking for visuals for your elementary or middle school choir? Check out this set, which includes 2 different version of posters for the five main choral vowels, ah, eh, ee, oh, and oo. Help singers achieve unified vowel shapes and understand which vowels are "yawned", "puckered" or both.  Display on a bulletin board or wall space in your music room to brighten up your classroom and reinforce vowel shapes concepts. Just print and laminate so that you can reuse them year after year.

Looking for visuals for your elementary or middle school choir? Check out this set, which includes 2 different version of posters for the five main choral vowels, ah, eh, ee, oh, and oo. Help singers achieve unified vowel shapes and understand which vowels are "yawned", "puckered" or both. Display on a bulletin board or wall space in your music room to brighten up your classroom and reinforce vowel shapes concepts. Just print and laminate so that you can reuse them year after year.

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