An online training course for
children’s choir directors
February 1-22, 2018
Planning engaging, intentional, musical rehearsals for your children’s choir, week in and week out can be challenging.
From finding relevant, good-quality resources to choosing age-appropriate songs and anthems to preparing, introducing, and properly sequencing new musical concepts and skills throughout the year, the job can seem overwhelming at times.
Where do you find music and materials?
How do you develop musicianship in young singers?
What makes a rehearsal fun and productive?
Imagine if you could learn how to lead and teach creatively and confidently and had all the tools and resources you needed, right at your fingertips.
You'd spend more time enjoying rehearsals and watching your young singers learn and grow and less time feeling like you didn't get to everything you'd hoped. Your teaching time would more intentional and streamlined and you'd feel more confident in your leadership skills and ability to teach effectively.
Welcome to Directing a
Church Children's Choir 101:
An online training course designed for
children’s choir directors in church settings
Whether you're a full-time staff member or a dedicated volunteer, whether you have a music degree or not, whether you lead a small group of six singers on Wednesday nights or oversee a large graded choir program...
This course will equip you to lead, teach, and inspire your young singers and give you the practical skills and useful step-by-step processes you need to plan, direct, and teach on a weekly basis.
- Eight 20-minute training videos, released over the course of four weeks
- Four comprehensive workbooks (40+ pages total) including charts, templates, and worksheets
- Lifetime access to the course videos and materials
- Weekly follow-up emails with notes, assignments, and action steps
- Unlimited access to me via email to ask questions and get feedback as your work through each project
- Live Q+A sessions with me each week
- A private online community of fellow children's choir directors where you can network, ask questions, and share ideas and resources
- and more!
Our Course Curriculum
Module 1: Planning the Choir Year
We'll begin by talking about how to foster spiritual growth in children's choir: teaching children about church/worship, hymns and songs for children, prayers for choirs, devotional resources, and meaningful ways for children to participate in worship.
Then, we'll go over the details of planning the choir year, including monthly themes, memory verses, monthly hymns or songs, challenges, activities/projects, and outreach projects.
Module 2: Working with Children’s Voices
In this module, we'll talk about the importance of vocal exploration, breath and movement, warm-ups, and tessitura/range, and I'll share a few ideas for adding in something fun/silly to keep children engaged.
We'll also go over the ins and outs of choosing music and what to look for in an anthem.
Module 3: Planning Rehearsals
Being prepared and ready to teach is so important!
In this module, we'll review some score-study tips and tricks, ways to prepare/introduce new musical concepts, and my best rehearsal advice for pacing, sequencing, and fun (musical) games and activities.
Module 4: Preparing to Teach
In this final module, we'll cover developing musicianship ("rote-to-note" and music-reading, phrasing, dynamics, musical form, rhythm), choral methods (breath, vowels, consonants, tone, blend, posture), vocal modeling, conducting and gestures, and using visual aids.
Welcome & Introduction
February 1: Module 1 available
February 6: Live Q+A session
February 8: Module 2 available
February 13: Live Q+A session
February 15: Module 3 available
February 20: Live Q+A session
February 22: Module 4 available
February 27: Live Q+A session
Plus, a few bonuses!
Bonus #1 - Recruiting & Sustaining Your Choir Ministry eBook
Based on some helpful feedback from past students, I created an eBook with practical tips and strategies for recruiting, growing, and sustaining your choir ministry.
Bonus #2 - Three live mini training sessions
In addition to our live Q+A sessions, I'll be sharing three exclusive mini training sessions after the course is over to give you even more ideas and strategies to use in your teaching.
Hi, I'm Ashley Danyew
Church musician and music educator based in Rochester, NY. My mission is to help church musicians and teachers just like you lead, teach, and inspire others creatively and confidently.
I have a Ph.D. in Music Education and a Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music and over 15 years of church music experience: everything from starting and directing children’s and adult choirs to building a handbell choir program, accompanying services on the piano and organ to planning worship and overseeing the administration of a music program.
I can't wait to share what I know and help you learn how to plan, direct, and teach children on a weekly basis, and grow your choir ministry. Excited to meet you inside the course!
What others have asked before joining
Directing a Church Children's Choir 101:
Where will this course taught?
This course will be taught exclusively online. Videos, links, and course materials will be posted on a password-protected page on this site.
I'm not on Facebook. Can I still take this course?
Yes, of course! You will be invited to join a private community on Facebook so you can connect with other children's choir directors to network, ask questions, and share ideas and resources and be part of our live Q+A sessions throughout the course. However, this is not required to participate in the course - just an added bonus!
How long is this course and when does it start?
The course is designed so that you can complete it in four weeks (one module per week), though there's a self-paced option, too, if that's a better fit for you. I'll walk you through each module to give you some added support and accountability (we'll start together on February 1, 2018), but no pressure! Feel free to do whichever track works best for you.
I want to take this course, but this is a busy month for me. What if I can't keep up?
No worries. I'm spreading out the content over the course of a month to help give you time to do the weekly projects, but if you don't get to everything in a week, that's okay. You'll have lifetime access to the course videos and materials, so you can always catch up the next week or go back over lessons or assignments at a later date, if you need to.
Is this course for individuals only, or can I use it with my children's choir staff?
Yes! Several churches have used this as a training resource for their children's choir staff. Please contact me for more detailed information. I'd love to work with your team!
What is your refund policy?
If your situation changes after you register and you are no longer able to take the course, please email me before the first day of class to receive a full refund. Once the course begins, however, your tuition payment is non-refundable.
What if I have other questions?
Please feel free to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be happy to answer your questions!
See what others are saying about it...
"Take Ashley's course; it's chock full of great ways to engage and inspire your children's ensemble. My own attitude toward my kids' ensemble has changed from dread to excitement at the prospect of a fresh new method this year!”
“An awesome resource that will help you have an awesome year!”
“I loved this course - it helped me completely re-shape my vision for our parish chime choir and make it (hopefully) more fun, educational, engaging, and spiritual.”
“Practical, well-organized, and helpful."
“The best part of the course was the ability to communicate quickly and effectively with the teacher via email. Ashley was very understanding and helpful in assisting me with adapting the course slightly to suit my own ensemble. The video presentations were clear and easy to understand, and lots of outside resources and ideas were provided to jumpstart the creative juices!”
“Very insightful, helpful, and full of awesome and excellent resources!"
"A good fundamental training for working with children's choirs . . . manageable, informative, flexible, and fun.”