Developing Vocal Techniques for Middle School Singers

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Presenter: Sandra Howard

Choral music educators continue to develop diverse concert programs based on a variety of considerations to promote a well-balanced choral program curriculum for ensemble singers. In all stages of singers' vocal development, it is important for  to consider how repertoire can also provide opportunities to develop various vocal techniques. This session will focus on selecting choral repertoire that can foster development of a variety of vocal techniques. Participants will analyze choral scores to determine challenges in vocal production and discuss possible warm up exercises that can be extracted from the repertoire. Complimentary reading packets will be provided by J.W. Pepper.

Dr. Sandra Howard serves Associate Professor of Music at Keene State College where she teaches courses in general and choral methods, supervises methods practicum and student teaching, and conducts the KSC Chamber Singers. Howard earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Maine and a PhD in music education/curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She taught choral and general music at Kennett Middle and Senior High Schools in Conway, New Hampshire. Howard also served as an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College, Blue River Community College in Missouri, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Howard is an active presenter at SRME and SMTE Research Symposia, ACDA and NAfME state, regional, and national conferences. Her scholarship has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, The Choral Journal, Teaching Music, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, and NHMEA Quarter Notes. She serves on the Editorial board for the Music Educators Journal, is a NHMEA Past President, and NHACDA Treasurer. Dr. Howard is the recipient of the 2016 Campus Compact for New Hampshire Presidents’ Good Steward Award and 2017 NHACDA Choral Director of the Year. Dr. Howard serves as an educational consultant, enjoys collaborating with singers of all ages, and is an active conductor and clinician for festival honor choirs.


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