Written, researched, and compiled by scholars with a wealth of teaching and conducting experience, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 1
, is an indispensable resource that enables conductors and educators to move beyond the printed page toward full musical awareness. An ideal tool for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the preeminent music composed for choir.
Part I of the book covers such topics as breath control, stylistic awareness from polyphony through the Classical period, Performance Practice in the African American Slave Song, and Meeting the National Standards through Choral Performance.
Part II establishes a new system for grading the difficulty of choral repertoire, and contains nuts-and-bolts analysis of more than 100 of the most significant works for choir composed, Levels 1 through 5. Repertoire Resource Guides include information on the composer and composition, historical background, technical requirements, stylistic considerations, musical elements, suggestions for additional listening, and a guide to selected references.