Directing a Church Children's Choir 101

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Directing a Church Children's Choir 101

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This course is 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, and grow your choir ministry.

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Do you find it challenging to find time to plan exciting, thoughtful, musical rehearsals for your children’s choir every week? 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?

If you can relate to any of this, then this course is for you.

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What's Included:

  • Four 45-minute instructional video lessons, released over the course of four weeks
  • Lifetime access to the course videos and materials
  • A comprehensive workbook including charts, templates, and worksheets
  • Weekly emails with notes, assignments, and action steps
  • BONUS! Access to an online community with fellow enrollees to network, ask questions, and share ideas and resources

Course Overview

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, devotion 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 mission work.

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.

Course Schedule

Welcome & Introduction
June 1 - Module 1 available
June 8 - Module 2 available
June 15 - Module 3 available
June 22 - Module 4 available


About Me

I'm Ashley Danyew - church musician and music educator based in Rochester, NY.

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 all my secrets with you about how to plan, direct, and teach children on a weekly basis, and grow your choir ministry.