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If you’re anything like me, you sometimes get to the day of a rehearsal without any coherent plan (I’ve talked about this problem before; it’s a perennial one). So I thought you might find it useful to have a basic toolkit of ideas for warm-ups for those occasions when you just feel totally uninspired and …

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

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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.

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Swing Low Round in 3 parts! This i am going to try with my choir / chorus! ♫ CLICK through to download - it's free.... or save for later! ♫

16 fun hand-clapping games for children's choir - great for a gathering activity or quick change-of-pace in the middle of rehearsal! | @ashleydanyew

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Whether you're new to working with middle school choirs or seeking advice on improving your effectiveness, you'll appreciate the useful hands-on strategies in The First Weeks of Middle School Chorus. Implement Freer's specific, ready-to-use tips immediately in your rehearsals. He reminds you of things you've forgotten, prompts you to reframe what you already do, and encourages you to try new approaches. Organized in lists for easy reference, the book takes you through the first weeks of…

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SINGO - This ice breaker game for our middle school choir was inspired by a pin from Christinia Huang. Each girl got a game card and walked around and tried to find girls who would complete the task. (We had several versions with different tasks/songs.) I printed them on 100 lb card stock so they wouldn't need clipboards.