The chorus song in education

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soprano, conductor Member of the Board of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Choral & Instrumental Ensembles Conductors

Lora Petropoulou
soprano, conductor
Member of the Board of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Choral & Instrumental Ensembles Conductors

This article was originally posted on International Choral Bulletin of International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).

In the Greek educational system choir singing, in general education, is taught as an optional subject.

In Primary Education a choir functions during the afternoon hours (14.00-16.00), inside a cultural and creational frame of work. The students that take part in it are the ones that remain in the school after the end of their obligatory syllabus and it is suggested to those studying in the last four grades. In the morning sessions, the choirs are formed during the Musical Education subject and are primarily aiming at taking part in performances for school or national days’ celebrations but without taking into consideration the pupils’ vocal or acoustic abilities. Συνέχεια… | More…

How to be a good choir member

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Photo by CowGummy

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This post was originally published by Chris Rowbury at his blog From the Front of the Choir.

Last week I wrote about whether you need singing lessons in order to be able to sing. I suggested that people should simply jump in and join a choir before they ever consider individual singing lessons. I pointed out that there are important group and harmony skills that cannot be taught one-to-one.

This week I want to consider what qualities make for being a good choir member. Of course, this list is personal and not exhaustive, so I would welcome any additions from all you fine readers out there. Do drop by and leave a comment. I always welcome your feedback and wisdom (it can get lonely this side of the keyboard!).

So, in no particular order, these are the qualities that I believe make for an ideal choir member: Συνέχεια… | More…

How to cope when singers miss choir sessions

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This post was originally published by Chris Rowbury at his blog From the Front of the Choir.

What’s great about a group of singers who meet regularly is that you can grow and develop together, improving skills and techniques week on week.
But what happens if not everyone comes to every session? Συνέχεια… | More…