"WHERE ARE WE??" Teaching Choir Students to Read Music

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"WHERE ARE WE??" Teaching Choir Students to Read Music

The first step covered in this class is giving our singers the tools to read music as we daily lay a foundation towards music literacy. We will also uncover ways to insure our singers are looking at the correct spot and deciphering the music in front of them rather than simply looking at the lyrics. By inputting your own music into presentation programs, you will be able to highlight, manipulate, and control exactly where you want students to focus. Using notations programs and projectors, teachers can show singers how to follow their vocal line and successfully sing the notes with simple prompts. Once your students experience the power of reading music, they will be hooked!

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Lead efficient daily exercises to increase your choir’s music literacy 

  • Scan/import music into a presentation program and highlight, manipulate and animate focal points

  • Use a notation program to input simple vocal exercises and provide color and directional prompts to aid student success in sight-reading

  • Present the above results to our MECA class


Instructors: Catherine DeLanoy & Louise Kelly

f-57-162-9896648_gZ7LTnoX_89019902F045cropCatherine DeLanoy (MMED '97) has taught music at every grade level in the public school system and is now retired after 23 years at Westmont Junior High School. At Westmont, she taught general music and directed their four choirs which consistently earned top scores, honors and prestigious performances under her direction. She received her bachelor's degree in music education from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, and went on to earn her MMEd from VanderCook.  
DeLanoy enjoyed arranging compositions for her choirs and continues to have her octavos and resource books published by Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Boosey & Hawkes, BriLee Music and Carl Fischer.  Her resource books include the best-selling Warming Up with Rounds and 8 Steps to Harmonization
DeLanoy has had the privilege of being the Festival Conductor at many ILMEA district festivals as well as other private festivals. She has taught several MECA courses at VanderCook over the years and enjoys speaking to college undergrad music education classes about ways to approach teaching middle school choir.  She also does workshops for Hal Leonard as an elementary and middle school specialist, and continues to be enlisted as an instructor, clinician, conductor and adjudicator around the country.  

Course Details

Instructors: Catherine DeLanoy & Louise Kelly
2 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $680, due in full at registration  
Course Code: 6829
Dates: July 1-3, 2019
Location: VanderCook, room TBD
Required text(s):
VanderCook will provide all text(s).
Required materials:
6-8 different choral octavos that you would use with your students. Octavos that would be used at the beginning of the year would be the most helpful.

A sight-singing book or online sight-singing resource for a class demonstration

Laptop, if possible (not required)

VanderCook College of Music

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

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