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The Voice for Life Guide to Choir Training

A practical resource for choir directors, trainers and teachers

Adrian Lucas, RSCM's Head of Choral Studies, introduces the Voice for Life Guide to Choir Training

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Every choir needs a leader to inspire, train and direct it. That person needs all kinds of musical, social, and administrative skills, and these are all explored in depth in The Voice for Life Guide to Choir Training. Here is a comprehensive manual dedicated to the theory and practice of choir training, drawn from the collective knowledge and wisdom of seasoned practitioners in the field. Conceived for experienced leaders and novices alike, it systematically addresses the many different aspects of choir training from conducting and rehearsal management to legal, financial, worship and pastoral issues. It offers countless practical strategies that will be of enormous assistance to all choir trainers and directors, whether or not they are running a Voice for Life scheme. Choir training is a challenge and it demands commitment, but it is hugely rewarding. The Voice for Life Guide to Choir Training will equip musicians in this role with all the skills they need to develop their talents – and those of the singers in their care – so that everyone can grow in confidence and skill, give pleasure and enrichment to those who hear them, and help to inspire the worship of the gathered community.
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Catalogue No. 9780854022182
Publisher RSCM Press

Part 1: Face to face with the choir 9 

Introduction 10

Rehearsal management 12

Planning 20

Warm-ups 24

Developing technique 33

Developing musicianship 45

Working on repertoire 48

Part 2: Behind the scenes 57 

Introduction 58

The purpose of the choir 59

Setting up a choir 60

Recruiting and retaining singers 64

Jobs within the choir 70

Choir in context 74

Legal and administrative matters 76

Financial matters 78

Health and safety 80

Safeguarding 82

Part 3: The choir in public 85

Introduction 86

The choir in worship 86

The content of church services 91

Different types of church music 92

Preparing worship music with the choir 93

Hymns 94

Worship songs 96

Anthems 98

Settings of the Mass 99

Singing the psalms 100

Chant from the Taizé tradition 110

World music 111

Improving congregational singing 112

The choir in performance 114

Repertoire selection 118

Copyright and licensing 122

Arranging and composing for choir 129

Part 4: You as a choir trainer 131

Introduction 132

Managing your time 132

Understanding people 134

Leadership skills 137

Communication skills 141

Part 5: The choir trainer’s toolkit 147

Introduction 148

Some thoughts about music literacy 148

Conducting skills 149

Positioning the choir 164

Keeping it all together 166

Focus the choir! 167

Energize the choir! 168

Working with young singers 170 

Changing and developing voices 176

Voice change in older singers 188

Falsetto 190

Vibrato 192

The individual voice and its registers 193

Getting a good sound: intonation 194

Getting a good sound: blending 196

Troubleshooting 197

Music reference 200

Photocopiable resources 206

Voice for Life publications and resources 218

Other RSCM publications and resources 219

Index 220