Choral Preparation Toolbox

handbook for high and middle school choral directors

Title and Table of Contents

“Raise Your Hand If  You’re Stupid”

or

“An online handbook for high school choral directors”

Why the title “Raise Your Hand if You’re Stupid”

This was an endearing saying in Eva Jameson’s classroom working with choral students who, after much drilling of basic musical concepts, continued to make the same mistakes over and over again. These recurring boo-boos had another name given them by the students: idiot mistake! When rehearsing a song, students would simply raise their hands when they made an “idiot mistake” and keep on singing! It’s very unlikely that you can use these terms in your classroom today and keep your job, but it’s a great way to make kids think for themselves. Find a more acceptable way to phrase it than we found years ago.

Contributors:

Eva and Tommy Jameson, Dr. Wallace Hinson, Judy Spears and many outstanding choral directors in Georgia

Table of Contents

Preface

Title Page and Table of Contents

II-Diction

Vowels

Consonants

Stress

Schwa

Raised soft palate

III-Using physical techniques to teach and reinforce

IV-Making Music

V-Physical Attributes

VI-Warm-Ups

VII-Vocal Hygiene

VIII-Energy

IX-Appearance

X-Rhythm

XI-Ensemble

XII-Recap

Interviews

Appendix:

Jameson’s Outline on “Success at LGPE”

Other Resources

 

 

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