Junior High/Middle School Choirs

Cox, Nancy; Gesler, Sandi
November 2006
Choral Journal;Nov2006, Vol. 47 Issue 5, p109
Academic Journal
The article suggests ways for choral directors to keep the first thirty days of middle school choral program interesting. Encourage them to sing in the first day. Involve the students in musical activities that do not compel them to sing. It is important for choral directors to create an enjoyable musical experience for the middle school choir students.


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