6546 Sequential Pedagogy and Other Tales of Increased Engagement in the Choral Rehearsal


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Recital Highlights

Join Dr. T. J. Harper as he addresses the challenges faced by a new generation of choral conductors whose students learn differently and approach music education with a 21st century perspective. Topics covered range from gesture, the body & voice, the ensemble, diction, intonation, traditional warm-ups, and what the effective choral rehearsal actually looks like in order to create a foundation of knowledge that will engage and empower young singers.

Instructor: Dr. T.J. Harper

Harper,_TJ_headshot_2015_CROPDr. T.J. Harper is Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities & Music Education at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the 2014-2015 Professor of the Year and recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award. He conducts the college’s three choral ensembles: I Cantori, Concert Chorale and the Oriana Women's Choir. He teaches courses in Conducting, Secondary Choral Methods, Applied Conducting, and Applied Voice.

´╗┐Choirs under the direction of Dr. Harper have performed at the 2014 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National In-Service Conference in Nashville, TN, the 2013 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) New England Collegiate Choral Conference in Keene, NH, the 2012 ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI, the 2011 NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, MD, and the 2010 Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Spring In-Service Conference.

Dr. Harper maintains an active schedule in the US and abroad as a guest conductor, clinician, and jury member. Recent international engagements include Thailand, Argentina, China, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Spain, and Italy.

Dr. Harper is the Director of the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP). He is the President of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA). He is the immediate Past-President of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He is the Rhode Island State Representative and founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). Dr. Harper is also the Artistic Director of The Chamber Singers of New England.

Dr. Harper’s research interests have led to funded research projects in Germany, France, and South Korea. His publications have appeared in the ACDA Choral Journal, the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), the NAfME Online Choral Forum, the RIMEA Music Education Journal-RIMER, and he is also a contributing author to Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations. (Routledge)

Dr. Harper received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California where he graduated with honors. He received the Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from California State University, Northridge and the Bachelor of Arts degree and Choral Conducting from California State University, Fresno. As a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, MENC, ACDA, Chorus America, NCCO and the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), Dr. Harper is an advocate for the promotion of undergraduate education and choral music in the public schools and institutions of higher education.


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6546 Sequential Pedagogy and Other Tales of Increased Engagement in the Choral Rehearsal

3 graduate credits
Location: TBD

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Tuition: $960
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

June 18-22
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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