Page 40 - Voice for Life Yellow Workbook
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                                 Choir in context
This module of Voice for Life is about what it means to sing in a choir and what your choir means to you and your community. The answers to these things are different for each choir and singer, so this module is tested differently from the others.
Your choir trainer will ask you to think about the topics in this section of the book and write your answers to the questions in the boxes or on separate sheets of paper. (You may be asked to work in a group with other singers.) Before you start writing, it may help to talk to other singers or do some research. To complete this module for Yellow level, you have to finish at least one of the topics, but your choir trainer may ask you to do more. Topic 3 is for church choirs only.
You will be given plenty of time to prepare each topic, so work through the questions carefully. Your choir trainer will look at your answers and may chat with you about them. You may be asked to follow up some points or answer more questions. When the topic is completed, he or she will sign the box in the targets on page 50.
Topic 1: The changing repertoire of our choir
For this topic, you are required to do some research about the music your choir has sung over the years and consider what it tells you about its history. You will also think about how the choir’s musical preferences and choices have changed over time and how these might influence its repertoire today and in the future.
If your choir has a long history and a lot of repertoire, you might want to concentrate on one aspect, festival, or period of time. For example you could examine what pieces have been chosen for Easter Day and how these have changed over the years, or think about the music the choir performed in its earliest days.
   How you will find out about your choir’s past repertoire? Where will you look? Who will you ask? For example, you may want to look at old service sheets or music lists. Does your choir have a library? Could you talk to the librarian? Has your choir made recordings, or been reported in the local or national press? Is there an archive? In the box below, list some of the sources you plan to consult.
  In the upper box on the opposite page, you will find some questions to think about when examining your choir’s repertoire. Make notes of your answers on a separate sheet. You may not be able to answer all of them, and you may find information not covered by the questions that will also be useful, so make a note of that too. You may want to discuss some of the questions with your choir trainer.
Then, in the lower box, use your notes to write a repertoire report. Discuss what the repertoire history tells you about your choir, and say what new repertoire you would suggest and why. Continue on a separate sheet if necessary.
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