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The Choir Director Corner Podcast is dedicated to providing choir directors with practical resources to utilize in their teaching. Matt Walker, the creator of The Choir Director Corner, reveals the teaching strategies, methods, and workflows that he has used in building a successful choral program. Discover tips and strategies that will help you save time amidst your busy schedule, run more productive, engaging and efficient rehearsals, and help you tackle your biggest teaching challenges.
 
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"The Power is in the Debrief". My friend, who works in the business world, said this to me recently. As we talked, what he really was talking about was the importance of reflection and self-assessment. In this episode of the podcast, I discuss the different ways reflection can benefit student learning, and also discuss a perfect opportunity for ref…
 
The search for choir repertoire can be time-consuming, and often frustrating. You may be in that place where you are asking yourself, "What in the world am I going to program for my next concert?" Or maybe you are just looking for some fresh repertoire ideas. If so, today's episode is for you! I'm sharing five new choral pieces that you should cons…
 
I read an interesting article recently on "The Science of Learning", which asked some psychology teachers about their best teaching strategies. I thought it was a fantastic article, so in this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing with you 5 of the strategies from the article that you can quickly incorporate into your teaching. Looking for more rehea…
 
There's been a LOT of things going on lately, and one of the things we've been involved in recently was the Iowa All-State Chorus. This year, it was Dr. Edith Copley leading the choir, and she was AMAZING! Throughout the weekend, she shared a number of rehearsal concepts with the singers that are pretty much universal, no matter what it is that you…
 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been recognized by many for his tremendous leadership skills. After his recent passing, there were a number of stories detailing his service and leadership, with one of those stories listing his 13 rules of leadership. In today's episode of the podcast, I share with you his 13 rules of leadership, and disc…
 
Do your singers like Halloween? My singers don't just LOVE Halloween, they are CRAZY about it! So this year, I wanted to come up with an activity that combined music along with their love of Halloween. In this episode, I will discuss the activity--Halloween Music Jeopardy--the steps I took in putting everything together, and how it went with my cho…
 
We were fortunate to recently have our Fall Choir Concert--our first "normal" choir concert, in many, many months! In today's episode of the podcast, I'm sharing with you some of my observations from our concert, as well as some things that my singers shared following the concert. Whether you aren't quite back to having concerts yet, or you've got …
 
Think back to your college days--remember Edwin Gordon? The guy that came up with Music Learning Theory? Well, in case you missed it (or blocked it out), his work has formed much of the processes and strategies that we use to help our singers learn music. And much of his work focused on the concept of audiation. In this episode of the podcast, I sh…
 
You've heard of the phrase, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink". But when you can't get your choir to stop dragging, it feels like you are pulling the horse by the tail, fighting tooth and nail to get your singers to keep up! I feel your pain, my friends! So, in today's episode of the podcast, I share twelve strategies th…
 
One question I often get is how to vocally place singers into their sections. If you’ve worked with the singers previously, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what part they should be singing. But what if the singers are brand new to you? Or their voice has changed since the last time you heard them? And how do you do it so it doesn’t take forever, a…
 
One of our objectives as choir directors is to teach our singers the basics of music theory, because that will help them to be more independent musicians. Another objective is to find ways of doing individual assessment in our choirs, without spending all of our waking hours grading assignments! Well, in today’s episode of the podcast, I share with…
 
I recently asked choir directors a question online. I expected a few answers, but instead, social media BLEW UP! In today’s episode of the podcast, I will share with you the question I asked, some of the responses, and an opportunity for you to get your questions answered, tools and resources to help you thrive in your life as a choir director. Got…
 
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Plan Your Work, and Work Your Plan”. That quote applies to a lot of things, and it definitely applies to the life of a choir director! There is so much planning related to our jobs, none more important than planning rehearsals. I searched for years for a resource that would efficiently and productively help me pla…
 
The beginning of the school year is fast approaching (for some it’s already started!) and there are SO many things to do. There are rooms to arrange, documents to prepare, music to organize, and before you know it, the first day of rehearsal arrives. I know the members of our Choir Director Corner Community Membership were in planning mode, because…
 
On today’s episode, I’m discussing a topic that I’ve seen a lot of questions on lately, and that’s recruiting. COVID really did a number on the arts, and a lot of choir directors are dealing with record-low numbers of singers in their programs. In order to help you be as successful as possible in your recruiting efforts, I am busting the 10 myths a…
 
Out of all the topics that I get questions on from our CDC Community Membership members, the topic that gets discussed the most is how to find and select repertoire. When I look back at my most successful concerts, and I compare how I have selected repertoire from concert to concert, there are some common themes that appear. In today’s episode of t…
 
I had a question recently from one of our CDC Community Membership members about my philosophy on warm-ups--my approach to warm-ups, and what I wanted my warm-ups to accomplish for each rehearsal. Through our discussion, we came up with a list, and I’m sharing that list with you today--Nine Things Your Choir Warm-ups Should Do Each and Every Rehear…
 
As we get closer to the start of the school year, I see more and more questions from choir directors about finding repertoire to fit a specific theme. They're frustrated, stressed out and at their wit's end, trying to find something that fits their concert theme. Here's the answer (possible unpopular opinion): You don’t need a concert theme! In tod…
 
One of the biggest challenges that choir directors face is finding and selecting repertoire for their choirs. Finding and selecting repertoire can be soooooo frustrating, and so incredibly time-consuming. Which is why I created a resource to help you do just that--the CDC Choir Repertoire Lists. And in today’s episode of the podcast, I will discuss…
 
One of the biggest challenges for choir directors is warm-ups. Finding warm-ups, what warm-ups to use, selecting warm-ups, and then how to actually do warm-ups in rehearsal. I’ve also heard from some choir directors that they wish that choir warm-ups were just “done for them”. For some people, it’s that they aren’t confident singers and they aren’t…
 
Yes, we are thankfully in full-on summer vacation mode! But, that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about next fall and the new ideas/strategies/techniques that you want to incorporate into your teaching next year. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that can get in the way of our plans to bring a better experience to our singers. Sometimes …
 
One of the ways that you can inject energy and excitement into your rehearsal process is through the use of special projects. A number of years back at my previous school, the school had provided every student with an iPad. With this new technology at our fingertips, I wanted to come up with some way that my singers could utilize their iPads to eng…
 
Whether you just finished holding auditions for your choir, or you’ve got them coming up in the near future, it’s ALWAYS a good time to review your audition process. What do your choir auditions really tell you? How could you make them more effective, as well as more efficient? Well, in today’s episode of the podcast, I discuss the ten essential el…
 
Whenever it gets to be concert season, I see a LOT of posts from directors talking about two things that can easily be thorns in our sides: 1) concert rubrics, and 2) make-up assignments. In today’s episode of the podcast, I discuss what these things look like for me in a typical year, and where you can get copies of the rubrics that I use so that …
 
I’ve been hinting on the past few episodes of the podcast about an announcement about a new resource for choir directors, and today's the day! In this bonus episode I share with you my vision for a new collaborative, online community for choir directors. A community where choir directors can dive deep and have meaningful conversations with like-min…
 
In this episode the podcast, I’m finishing off our series on end-of-the-year topics, and sharing with you my "End of the Year To-Do List" for choir directors. I know the end of the year can get super busy, but if you can find some spare time to tackle these 10 things, it will give you a huge boost in not only finishing the year off strong, but also…
 
I’m continuing our series on end-of-the-year topics, and in this episode I’m talking about creating a final assessment for your choir. In my previous position, ALL teachers at my school were required to come up with a written semester final. So I decided that if I was going to give a written final, I wanted to create something that was going to be …
 
Continuing our series on end-of-the-year topics, this week I’m talking about recruiting. Recruiting choir members is always an important part of a choir director’s job, but after going through a pandemic, almost ALL of us are facing rebuilding our programs. If you haven’t done any recruiting this year, that’s okay--there are still some ways that yo…
 
This time of year, one of the things that many choir directors are doing is holding auditions for their ensembles in the fall. And where there are auditions, there is usually DRAMA. So on today's episode of the podcast, not only do I discuss six tips for reducing the drama surrounding choir auditions, but you can also get your own free copy of the …
 
Now that we've moved into April, the podcast is going to turn our focus to end-of-the-year topics. In today's episode, I share 12 gift ideas for those seniors in your choir that are graduating. The end of the year seems to fly by, so we need things that won't take a lot of time. And we aren't made of money, so we need ideas that are relatively inex…
 
Have you ever thought while conducting your choir, "If I do more, my conducting will be more expressive and more effective"? That's often how we as conductors approach our conducting style when in front of our choirs. But an excellent session from the recent ACDA virtual conference shared a different perspective. On today's episode of the podcast, …
 
It’s one of the craziest times of year--that’s right, “March Madness”! But why should the sports world have all the fun? In today’s episode of the podcast, I will show you how to make a March Madness Choir bracket for your singers. AND, I will tell you how you can get a copy of the bracket that I created, that you can then take it and use with your…
 
With Covid positivity rates going down and the vaccine being rolled out, many choir directors have been asking questions about going back to in-person rehearsals. So in this episode of the podcast, I am sharing my experience with moving back to in-person rehearsals, including the logistics involved, and some suggestions for your future music-making…
 
In my world, it’s absolutely essential that I teach vocal technique in rehearsal. Singers have so many demands on their time, it seems that I have fewer and fewer students each year who study voice privately. For most of my singers, I am the only voice teacher they will ever have. And for choir directors looking to save time, using warm-ups to teac…
 
So, what’s your choral library look like these days? Music all over the place? Stacks piled up, impossible to find anything? I get it, I’ve been there! But in today’s episode I describe my simple, easy system to organize your choral library once and for all! Whether you are redesigning your choral library or starting from scratch, this episode is f…
 
I've been seeing all types of questions lately about finding choir repertoire; directors looking for specific pieces, or repertoire for specific ensembles, or just questions where to look for repertoire. So in today’s episode, I’m discussing nine resources that you might not have heard of to find great choir repertoire. If you are looking for fresh…
 
If you've listened to the podcast at all, you can probably tell--I'm an iOS guy. I've had an iPhone for several years, I love my MacBook Pro, and I am excitedly waiting for my new iPad Air to arrive. I really don't know what I would do without these tools at my disposal! And along with that, there are a number of iOS apps on both my iPhone and iPad…
 
I’ve been noticing a LOT of people that have been REALLY down in the dumps lately. And the way that things have gone the past several months, you cannot blame anyone for being on the struggle bus right now. But now that we are finally in 2021, it’s time to turn things around! I am convinced that we are going to make this an amazing year, and that w…
 
If you are listening to this, congrats--you made it to 2021! For many people, the start of the new year brings new year’s resolutions. But did you know that, depending on what study you reference, between 82 and 91 percent of new year’s resolutions are unsuccessful? Well, James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, has 5 reasons why those resolutions…
 
Do you struggle with teaching vocal technique to your singers? Or are you looking for resources that you can use while teaching choir virtually? I’ve created a unit on vocal technique for my singers, which can be used for instruction during or outside of rehearsals. This unit on vocal technique will include video lessons, student reflections via Go…
 
I know, I know--you're probably DONE with technology right now! But I promise--the three (actually, four) tech tools that I discuss in today's episode are SUPER easy to use. One you can learn in 30 seconds! And they all have the potential to be game-changers in your choir classroom by increasing student engagement. Check them out, and see which one…
 
I had a question recently about books that all choir directors should read, so, I put together a Recommended Reading List for choir directors. In today’s episode of the podcast, I narrow it down to five books that every choir director should read. And at the end of the episode, I will share with you where you can get a copy of the full recommended …
 
One of the most challenging aspects of being a choir director is working with middle school voices. It's challenging for a variety of reasons: not only do you have such a wide variety of voices to work with, those voices are constantly changing. You then have to help all of your individual singers, and then try to bring them into one cohesive ensem…
 
I know that 2020 has been a VERY challenging year, to say the least! Which makes it even more important for us to stay positive and take note of the good things in our lives. So, in this special Thanksgiving episode of the podcast, I am discussing the six things that I am most thankful for this year. So what are you most thankful for this year? I w…
 
One of my favorite tech tools that I am using with my choirs right now is the digital audio workstation BandLab for Education (edu.bandlab.com). And in today's episode, I am going to discuss the ten reasons why you should be using BandLab with your choirs, too! If you want to dive deeper into BandLab for Education, I will be doing a live online tra…
 
I am always looking for new tools for my "director toolbox". After attending a conference, I got the idea of asking some of the most well-respected directors in the choir world this question: "What are one or two rehearsal concepts or techniques that you have found to be invaluable in your teaching?" I received some AMAZING responses! And in today'…
 
A recent post on social media asked the following question: "What's your "why" for being a choir director?" Considering all of the challenges and obstacles that we are currently facing in our teaching, my guess is that there are a LOT of choir directors asking this same question! In today's episode of the podcast, I discuss the three questions you …
 
One of the most challenging tasks that a choir director can be faced with is trying to help young male singers through their voice change. It can be very frustrating, for both the teacher and the singer. One of the things that often happens is that it becomes difficult for the singer to access the falsetto part of their range. Today’s episode of th…
 
One of the questions I get the most in our current environment is this: "HOW are you teaching right now?" In this episode, I discuss WHAT content I am teaching, and HOW I am teaching--what rehearsals look like, as well as what technology I am using. All of this while teaching online and in-person students AT THE SAME TIME! Want to know all about ho…
 
With school shifting to online, teachers had to go scrambling for technology solutions. One free solution that many teachers turned to was Flipgrid. Flipgrid is online software that allows teachers to post videos and other assignments, and then students can respond via video. On the surface, Flipgrid might seem like something that would be better u…
 
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