Directing a Church Children's Choir 101 - TEAM VERSION

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Directing a Church Children's Choir 101 - TEAM VERSION

279.00 299.00

This course is designed for children’s choir directors in church settings.

**This version is for designed for a team of children's choir leaders (at one church) to do together.**

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.

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What's Inside:

  • 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.

Course Schedule

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

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