The Choir Director Corner Podcast

Matt Walker

The Choir Director Corner Podcast is dedicated to providing choir directors with practical resources to utilize in their teaching.

Matt Walker, the creator of The Choir Director Corner, reveals the teaching strategies, methods, and workflows that he has used in building a successful choral program.

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been recognized by many for his tremendous leadership skills.  After his recent passing, there were a number of stories detailing his service and leadership, with one of those stories listing his 13 rules of leadership.In today's episode of the podcast, I share with you his 13 rules of leadership, and discuss how his rules might apply to us as choir directors--as well as to our singers!Looking for support, encouragement, and resources to help you solve your biggest teaching challenges?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!

Nov 6

31 min 3 sec

Do your singers like Halloween?  My singers don't just LOVE Halloween, they are CRAZY about it!  So this year, I wanted to come up with an activity that combined music along with their love of Halloween.  In this episode, I will discuss the activity--Halloween Music Jeopardy--the steps I took in putting everything together, and how it went with my choirs (hint--I'll DEFINITELY be doing it again!)This will be an episode to listen to, get some ideas brewing, and then stash it away in the back of your brain for when Halloween rolls along!Looking for some more fun rehearsal ideas?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!

Oct 30

17 min 24 sec

We were fortunate to recently have our Fall Choir Concert--our first "normal" choir concert, in many, many months!  In today's episode of the podcast, I'm sharing with you some of my observations from our concert, as well as some things that my singers shared following the concert.  Whether you aren't quite back to having concerts yet, or you've got your first concert coming up, you will find some helpful hints and reminders in this episode.  Here's hoping that your next concert is a rousing success!Looking for support, encouragement, and resources to help you solve your biggest teaching challenges?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!

Oct 22

23 min 48 sec

Think back to your college days--remember Edwin Gordon?  The guy that came up with Music Learning Theory?  Well, in case you missed it (or blocked it out), his work has formed much of the processes and strategies that we use to help our singers learn music.  And much of his work focused on the concept of audiation.In this episode of the podcast, I share with you twelve strategies that I have used to incorporate audiation into my choir rehearsals.  These strategies have not only improved focus and intonation in my ensembles, they are also a lot of fun!  Have questions about how to use audiation in your rehearsals? I'd love to help!  Send me an email at:Matt@choirdirectorcorner.comIf you are looking for fresh rehearsal techniques (like the ones I talk about in this episode), and you'd like to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors, then you need to check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!  You can find it over at:  choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

Oct 15

26 min 25 sec

You've heard of the phrase, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink".  But when you can't get your choir to stop dragging, it feels like you are pulling the horse by the tail, fighting tooth and nail to get your singers to keep up!I feel your pain, my friends!  So, in today's episode of the podcast, I share twelve strategies that I have used successfully to give my choirs the little "boost" that they need and cure their dragging problem. :) One of these strategies can also be found in my Awesome Choir Warm-Ups Webinar, which you can find over at: choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupswebinarLooking for support, encouragement, and resources to help you solve your biggest teaching challenges?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!

Sep 24

21 min 59 sec

One question I often get is how to vocally place singers into their sections.  If you’ve worked with the singers previously, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what part they should be singing.  But what if the singers are brand new to you? Or their voice has changed since the last time you heard them?  And how do you do it so it doesn’t take forever, and it also doesn’t waste valuable rehearsal time?  In today’s episode of the podcast, I share with you my process for quickly and easily doing voice placements with my choirs.  It will save you time and frustration, and your singers will be surprised at just how low-stress the process can be!Have a question on the vocal placement process? I'd love to help!  Send me an email at:Matt@choirdirectorcorner.comIf you’d like to dig deeper into this process, and learn about how I place singers in their seating arrangement, my course “Arranging the Choir Based on Vocal Blend” will help you do just that!  The course is available inside the Choir Director Corner Community Membership, which you can find over at:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipWe currently have a 7 day free trial, so you can get into the membership content and see all of the awesome resources that are available to you.  So make sure you check it out!  

Sep 17

15 min 30 sec

One of our objectives as choir directors is to teach our singers the basics of music theory, because that will help them to be more independent musicians.  Another objective is to find ways of doing individual assessment in our choirs, without spending all of our waking hours grading assignments!Well, in today’s episode of the podcast, I share with you the resource that I use to accomplish ALL of those objectives at the same time!Have a question on how to utilize MusicTheory.net in your teaching? I'd love to help!  Send me an email at:Matt@choirdirectorcorner.comLooking for support, encouragement, and resources to help you solve your biggest teaching challenges?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!

Sep 10

17 min 54 sec

I recently asked choir directors a question online.  I expected a few answers, but instead, social media BLEW UP!  In today’s episode of the podcast, I will share with you the question I asked, some of the responses, and an opportunity for you to get your questions answered, tools and resources to help you thrive in your life as a choir director.Got a challenge currently in your teaching? I'd love to help!  Send me an email at:Matt@choirdirectorcorner.comLooking for support, encouragement, and resources to help you solve your biggest teaching challenges?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!

Sep 2

10 min 7 sec

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Plan Your Work, and Work Your Plan”.  That quote applies to a lot of things, and it definitely applies to the life of a choir director!  There is so much planning related to our jobs, none more important than planning rehearsals.I searched for years for a resource that would efficiently and productively help me plan and organize my rehearsals.  I finally got tired of searching, and just created my own!  On today’s episode of the podcast, I will introduce you to the Choir Director Corner PDF Rehearsal Planner, and how it will help you create more efficient, productive, and engaging rehearsals.  Want to get your FREE copy of the Rehearsal Planner?  Head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/rehearsalplannerIf you want to see how I use the PDF Rehearsal Planner to map out all of my rehearsals from the first rehearsal to the concert, the next online course that I’m creating for our Choir Director Corner Community Membership will do just that!  By becoming a member, you get access to the course,  as well as dozens of rubrics, templates, handouts, online workshops, recommended repertoire lists, and more! Currently we have a 7-day free trial going on, so you can get into the membership content and see all of the awesome resources that are available to you.  So what are you waiting for, become a member today!  choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

Aug 20

14 min 26 sec

The beginning of the school year is fast approaching (for some it’s already started!) and there are SO many things to do.  There are rooms to arrange, documents to prepare, music to organize, and before you know it, the first day of rehearsal arrives.  I know the members of our Choir Director Corner Community Membership were in planning mode, because I had multiple members ask me this past week, “What do you do the first day of rehearsal?”So, on today’s episode of the podcast, I have put together a list of “do’s” (and one “don’t”) for your first choir rehearsal of the year.  Keep in mind, you will want to tailor your plan for that first rehearsal, giving consideration to your familiarity with the singers and their experience level.  Regardless of your experience level, I hope this episode gives you some ideas on how to make your first rehearsal as successful as it can be!The CDC Back to School Survival Guide is your step-by-step plan for the first FIVE rehearsals of the year, and includes 5 awesome templates so you don't have to reinvent the wheel!  To get your copy, head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/shopOR, you can get access to all of the resources in the CDC Back to School Survival Guide through the Choir Director Corner Community Membership! By being a member, you get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, handouts, online workshops, recommended repertoire lists, and more!  Currently we have a 7-day free trial going on, so you can get into the membership content and see all of the awesome resources that are available to you.  So what are you waiting for, become a member today!  choirdirectorcorner.com/membership

Aug 13

26 min 37 sec

On today’s episode, I’m discussing a topic that I’ve seen a lot of questions on lately, and that’s recruiting.  COVID really did a number on the arts, and a lot of choir directors are dealing with record-low numbers of singers in their programs.  In order to help you be as successful as possible in your recruiting efforts, I am busting the 10 myths about recruiting singers to your choir program.  These are pieces of advice that I have seen given to other choir directors, that I believe are not the most productive ways of building your choir program.If you are looking for strategies to recruit more singers to your program this year, I am teaching a workshop next week inside of our Choir Director Corner Community Membership called “Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Singers For Your Choirs”.  In the workshop I will share 25 of my favorite strategies for recruiting singers, and even include PDF’s and templates that will help you create your own resources for pulling singers in and building your choir program!  To get access to the workshop, head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipAnd get signed up!

Jul 30

39 min 21 sec

Out of all the topics that I get questions on from our CDC Community Membership members, the topic that gets discussed the most is how to find and select repertoire. When I look back at my most successful concerts, and I compare how I have selected repertoire from concert to concert, there are some common themes that appear.In today’s episode of the podcast, I break those common themes down into 5 concepts that I have found absolutely essential in choosing repertoire for my choirs.  Follow these concepts, and you will put your choirs in position to have a positive rehearsal experience and a successful performance.Want to learn more about my process for selecting choir repertoire?  I am teaching a workshop inside of our Choir Director Corner Community Membership called “Finding and Selecting Repertoire for the Busy Choir Director”. In the workshop I will discuss how to find repertoire, how to select repertoire that’s at the appropriate difficulty level, and the criteria I use when selecting repertoire. There are tons of repertoire ideas and PDF’s to help you, including recommended repertoire lists. The workshop is just one of dozens of resources in the membership, which you can find over at:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipNeed some fresh, fun, engaging warm-ups for your choirs?  Check out my FREE webinar, the “50 Awesome Choir Warm-ups Webinar”!When you register for the webinar, you will also receive a PDF Cheat Sheet listing all of the warm-ups I discuss on the webinar, as well as some of the warm-ups resources that I use!To register, head on over to:  choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupswebinarFrustrated trying to plan all of your choir rehearsals?  Get your FREE copy of my PDF Rehearsal Planner, and get yourself organized and on the road to productive, engaging rehearsals!  Get your copy of the Rehearsal Planner here:choirdirectorcorner.com/rehearsalplannerLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jul 23

9 min 59 sec

I had a question recently from one of our CDC Community Membership members about my philosophy on warm-ups--my approach to warm-ups, and what I wanted my warm-ups to accomplish for each rehearsal.  Through our discussion, we came up with a list, and I’m sharing that list with you today--Nine Things Your Choir Warm-ups Should Do Each and Every Rehearsal.  I hope this list can be valuable to you as you start to reflect on your own warm-ups process, and strive to make it an even more productive part of your choir rehearsals!If you’d like to learn more about my warm-ups process: how I organize them and how I select them for rehearsals, as well as learn a bunch of the warm-ups that I use, I’m presenting a FREE, live webinar, my “50 Awesome Choir Warm-ups Webinar”!When you register for the webinar, you will also receive a PDF Cheat Sheet listing all of the warm-ups I discuss on the webinar, as well as some of the warm-ups resources that I use!To register, head on over to:  choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupswebinar  Are you ready to commit to your growth and development as a choir director?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!Frustrated trying to plan all of your choir rehearsals?  Get your FREE copy of my PDF Rehearsal Planner, and get yourself organized and on the road to productive, engaging rehearsals!  Get your copy of the Rehearsal Planner here:choirdirectorcorner.com/rehearsalplannerLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jul 16

21 min 30 sec

As we get closer to the start of the school year, I see more and more questions from choir directors about finding repertoire to fit a specific theme.  They're frustrated, stressed out and at their wit's end, trying to find something that fits their concert theme.  Here's the answer (possible unpopular opinion):You don’t need a concert theme!In today’s episode of the podcast, I discuss seven reasons why you should ditch your concert theme this fall, save yourself some time and frustration, and focus on what really matters when selecting repertoire for your concert.If you’d like to learn more about my process for selecting choir repertoire, I teach a course inside of our Choir Director Corner Community Membership called “Finding and Selecting Repertoire for the Busy Choir Director”. There are tons of repertoire ideas and PDF’s to help you, including Recommended Repertoire Lists. The course is just one of dozens of resources in the membership. You can find out more information on the membership over at:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipFrustrated trying to plan all of your choir rehearsals?  Get your FREE copy of my PDF Rehearsal Planner, and get yourself organized and on the road to productive, engaging rehearsals!  Get your copy of the Rehearsal Planner here:choirdirectorcorner.com/rehearsalplannerLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jul 8

21 min 38 sec

One of the biggest challenges that choir directors face is finding and selecting repertoire for their choirs.  Finding and selecting repertoire can be soooooo frustrating, and so incredibly time-consuming.  Which is why I created a resource to help you do just that--the CDC Choir Repertoire Lists.  And in today’s episode of the podcast, I will discuss seven reasons the CDC Choir Repertoire Lists can help you program your next concert, while saving you time and making it an (almost) painless process!Want to get your hands on your copy of the CDC Choir Repertoire Lists, as well as access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts, AND online workshops AND an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!Frustrated trying to plan all of your choir rehearsals?  Get your FREE copy of my PDF Rehearsal Planner, and get yourself organized and on the road to productive, engaging rehearsals!  Get your copy of the Rehearsal Planner here:choirdirectorcorner.com/rehearsalplannerLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jul 1

10 min 16 sec

One of the biggest challenges for choir directors is warm-ups.  Finding warm-ups, what warm-ups to use, selecting warm-ups, and then how to actually do warm-ups in rehearsal.I’ve also heard from some choir directors that they wish that choir warm-ups were just “done for them”.  For some people, it’s that they aren’t confident singers and they aren’t comfortable serving as a vocal model or teaching concepts of vocal technique.  For others it’s about planning out and selecting the warm-ups.  Maybe you’ve got so many things to do in rehearsal, and you just wish that warm-ups were done for you.  Or, maybe you need a quality resource that subs can use in class when you are gone.That is why I have created a new resource that I’m super excited about, which is the Choir Director Corner Choir Warm-ups Video Pack!You can find out more, and view examples of the warm-ups videos over at:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsvideosAre you ready to commit to your growth and development as a choir director?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membershipand sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!Looking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jun 28

7 min 43 sec

Yes, we are thankfully in full-on summer vacation mode!  But, that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about next fall and the new ideas/strategies/techniques that you want to incorporate into your teaching next year.Unfortunately, there are lots of things that can get in the way of our plans to bring a better experience to our singers.  Sometimes those things are related to our subject matter; but other times, we fail to implement new teaching strategies due to a lack of focus and commitment, self-doubt, or the dreaded “shiny object” syndrome.  In today’s episode of the podcast, I discuss my perspective on this, and the mantra that I use to cut through the noise and the self-doubt to get things done: Commit, Aim, Fire!Are you ready to commit to your growth and development as a choir director?  Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membership and sign up for the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jun 18

23 min 27 sec

One of the ways that you can inject energy and excitement into your rehearsal process is through the use of special projects.  A number of years back at my previous school, the school had provided every student with an iPad.  With this new technology at our fingertips, I wanted to come up with some way that my singers could utilize their iPads to engage with our music in a different way.  That’s when I got the idea for a movie project.I divided my singers into small groups and had them each create a short movie, telling the story of one of the pieces of music we were working on.  At the beginning, they thought I was off my rocker.  But by the end of the project, they were loving it!  In today’s episode of the podcast, I will discuss how we did the project, and tell you how you can get your own copy of the handouts and rubrics I used for the project!Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, repertoire lists, handouts (including the ones mentioned in this episode)and project ideas, as well as online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to: choirdirectorcorner.com/membership  and check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jun 10

11 min 54 sec

Whether you just finished holding auditions for your choir, or you’ve got them coming up in the near future, it’s ALWAYS a good time to review your audition process.  What do your choir auditions really tell you?  How could you make them more effective, as well as more efficient?Well, in today’s episode of the podcast, I discuss the ten essential elements to holding choir auditions.  These are the ten things your choir auditions must do and/or must tell you in order to make your audition process efficient AND effective. Don’t feel like you have to re-invent the wheel; if you’d like to save yourself a bunch of time and get a copy of my Choir Audition Form, as well as my Auditions Guidance Document for singers and parents, I make both of those available in the Resource Library of our Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  In the membership I also do a monthly online training, and one of the upcoming topics will be on the Anatomy of a Choir Audition.  So if you want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, handouts and project ideas, as well as repertoire ideas, online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors, head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/membership  and check it out!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jun 3

17 min 8 sec

Whenever it gets to be concert season, I see a LOT of posts from directors talking about two things that can easily be thorns in our sides: 1) concert rubrics, and 2) make-up assignments.  In today’s episode of the podcast, I discuss what these things look like for me in a typical year, and where you can get copies of the rubrics that I use so that your concerts are assessing the right learning objectives. Want to get access to dozens of rubrics, templates, handouts and project ideas, as well as repertoire ideas, online workshops and an awesome online collaborative community of choir directors?  Then head on over to  choirdirectorcorner.com/membership  and check out the Choir Director Corner Membership!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

May 27

16 min 3 sec

I’ve been hinting on the past few episodes of the podcast about an announcement about a new resource for choir directors, and today's the day!  In this bonus episode I share with you my vision for a new collaborative, online community for choir directors.  A community where choir directors can dive deep and have meaningful conversations with like-minded choir directors, free from the distractions and noise of social media.If you like what you are hearing, then head on over to: choirdirectorcorner.com/membership for more details!  Registration will close this Friday, May 21st at 11:59 PM so make sure that you get signed up this week!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

May 17

7 min 24 sec

In this episode the podcast, I’m finishing off our series on end-of-the-year topics, and sharing with you my "End of the Year To-Do List" for choir directors.  I know the end of the year can get super busy, but if you can find some spare time to tackle these 10 things, it will give you a huge boost in not only finishing the year off strong, but also for when the new school year rolls around.  And the best part is, I have a bunch of resources to help with the items on the to-do list! All the links mentioned in this episode can be found at:choirdirectorcorner.com/todolistMake sure you keep an eye out for a new resource that I will be announcing next Monday.  No matter what area of your teaching you want to focus on, this will be a resource you do not want to miss!I will be talking about it over in the Facebook group, which you can find at: ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com   Make sure you answer the 3 short entry questions, and you are in!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

May 13

19 min 44 sec

I’m continuing our series on end-of-the-year topics, and in this episode I’m talking about creating a final assessment for your choir.  In my previous position, ALL teachers at my school were required to come up with a written semester final.  So I decided that if I was going to give a written final, I wanted to create something that was going to be an effective assessment of what students know and can do.  In the end, I came up with something that not only did that, but also gave me a head start on choosing repertoire for the next year!    And in today’s episode of the podcast, I will share with you my process so that you can do the same thing.  Make sure you keep an eye out for a new resource that I will be announcing next Monday.  No matter what area of your teaching you want to focus on, this will be a resource you do not want to miss! I will be talking about it over in the Facebook group, which you can find at: ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com   Make sure you answer the 3 short entry questions, and you are in!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

May 10

9 min 32 sec

Continuing our series on end-of-the-year topics, this week I’m talking about recruiting.  Recruiting choir members is always an important part of a choir director’s job, but after going through a pandemic, almost ALL of us are facing rebuilding our programs.  If you haven’t done any recruiting this year, that’s okay--there are still some ways that you can reach those prospective singers before the end of the year.One of the ways we can bring in new singers (or, get singers that left to return) is with a video promoting our choir program.  Creating a video, and then sharing it in various ways using the internet and social media, is a great way to communicate to prospective students the many reasons why they should join our program.  And in today’s episode of the podcast, I will share with you ideas on how to create your video, what to put in it, and then how to share it with those prospective singers.  Really want to dig in to recruiting for your choir program?  Make sure you keep an eye out for some new resources that I will be announcing in the next couple weeks.  They will be sure to get recruiting for your choir program ROLLING!  I will be talking about those new resources soon over in the Facebook group, which you can find at: ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com   Make sure you answer the 3 short entry questions, and you are in!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

May 2

28 min 6 sec

This time of year, one of the things that many choir directors are doing is holding auditions for their ensembles in the fall.  And where there are auditions, there is usually DRAMA.So on today's episode of the podcast, not only do I discuss six tips for reducing the drama surrounding choir auditions, but you can also get your own free copy of the "Auditions Guidance" document that I have used with my choir parents and singers, so you can take it and tailor it to your needs.What’s something you’ve done in regards to your choir auditions that has really helped to reduce the drama surrounding the whole process?  Send me an email at:  Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com  and let me know!  I will be sure to add any responses to the Facebook group, which you can find at ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com.To get your FREE copy of my Auditions Guidance document, in Google Doc format, head on over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/auditionsguidanceand make sure you "Make a Copy"!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Apr 23

19 min 2 sec

Now that we've moved into April, the podcast is going to turn our focus to end-of-the-year topics.  In today's episode, I share 12 gift ideas for those seniors in your choir that are graduating.  The end of the year seems to fly by, so we need things that won't take a lot of time.  And we aren't made of money, so we need ideas that are relatively inexpensive (or even better, free!).  If this sounds like you, then today's episode is for you!Got another idea for a gift for graduation choir members?  I’d love to hear about it!  Are there Send me an email at:  Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com  and let me know!  I will share ideas I receive over in our private Facebook group, which you can find at:  www.choirdirectorcornergroup.comEpisode Links:For the full post on the GPS Coordinate Keychain, including the Etsy link where you can find them, head over to:www.choirdirectorcorner.com/seniorgiftEtsy links:Click HERE to find a personalized planner.Click HERE to find a personalized 20 oz. tumbler (hot and cold drinks).Click HERE for an example of a "graduation gift box".For all sorts of personalized "choir swag" options, check out Custom Ink and Vistaprint.  You can also get your Canva designs printed at Vistaprint, as well as UPrinting.com.Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Apr 16

29 min 13 sec

Have you ever thought while conducting your choir, "If I do more, my conducting will be more expressive and more effective"?  That's often how we as conductors approach our conducting style when in front of our choirs.  But an excellent session from the recent ACDA virtual conference shared a different perspective.  On today's episode of the podcast, I discuss conducting the choir and how sometimes, less is more!  I hope this episode gives you some things to think about, as well as that little nudge (if you need it!) to explore some new ideas with your conducting gesture.I’d love to hear from you--what’s something in your conducting that you are working on?  Are there ways that doing less has made your conducting more effective?  Send me an email at:  Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com  and let me know!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Apr 2

8 min 20 sec

It’s one of the craziest times of year--that’s right, “March Madness”!  But why should the sports world have all the fun?  In today’s episode of the podcast, I will show you how to make a March Madness Choir bracket for your singers.  AND, I will tell you how you can get a copy of the bracket that I created, that you can then take it and use with your own choirs.March is great for this activity, but really, any time of the year works.  If you are looking for an activity where your singers can learn about great choir performances, and hit multiple national standards in the process....it could be April Anarchy, May Mania, doesn't matter!To get your FREE copy of my Choir Bracket (links to video performances already built in!) as well as the Student Instructions document, just go over to:choirdirectorcorner.com/bracketJust make sure the first thing you do is "Make a Copy" in Google of each document.  Then you can tailor each document to fit your needs.  Hope you and your students enjoy this fun activity!Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Mar 25

11 min 53 sec

With Covid positivity rates going down and the vaccine being rolled out, many choir directors have been asking questions about going back to in-person rehearsals.  So in this episode of the podcast, I am sharing my experience with moving back to in-person rehearsals, including the logistics involved, and some suggestions for your future music-making.Looking for some new warm-ups for your choir?  Then you should check out my FREE PDF: "50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir"!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Mar 4

33 min 4 sec

In my world, it’s absolutely essential that I teach vocal technique in rehearsal.  Singers have so many demands on their time, it seems that I have fewer and fewer students each year who study voice privately.  For most of my singers, I am the only voice teacher they will ever have. And for choir directors looking to save time, using warm-ups to teach vocal technique can pay off in spades: your singers get their voices ready for the rehearsal, and you now have concepts that you can relate back to when you are in the middle of rehearsal working on repertoire.  In today's episode, I share five of my favorite warm-ups for teaching vocal technique.  If you like these and would like to learn more, I have put together a FREE PDF: 50 Awesome Warm-ups for Your Choir!  I've included links for audio/video examples for almost all of the warm-ups.  You can get your copy of the PDF here:choirdirectorcorner.com/warmupsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Feb 26

21 min 28 sec

So, what’s your choral library look like these days?  Music all over the place?  Stacks piled up, impossible to find anything?  I get it, I’ve been there! But in today’s episode I describe my simple, easy system to organize your choral library once and for all!  Whether you are redesigning your choral library or starting from scratch, this episode is for you.Check out the link to the original post HERE for more details, as well as to get a copy of the Google Sheet that you can use to organize your choral library!Got a question about organizing your choral library?  Send me an email at Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com, I would love to help you out!Looking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Feb 18

19 min 5 sec

I've been seeing all types of questions lately about finding choir repertoire; directors looking for specific pieces, or repertoire for specific ensembles, or just questions where to look for repertoire.So in today’s episode, I’m discussing nine resources that you might not have heard of to find great choir repertoire.   If you are looking for fresh, engaging repertoire that your singers and your audiences will enjoy, then this episode is for you.Many of these sites are what I call “composer-friendly”; where they started as websites that were created to help composers get their music “out there”.  These websites often offer example performance recordings and e-print options; depending on the website/composer/piece, you can even find some that offer a set fee for a license to print as many copies as you need.  And with the increase in virtual choir projects, many of these sites have specific information in regards to licensing.Happy repertoire hunting!Looking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaLooking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Feb 9

18 min 22 sec

If you've listened to the podcast at all, you can probably tell--I'm an iOS guy.  I've had an iPhone for several years, I love my MacBook Pro, and I am excitedly waiting for my new iPad Air to arrive.  I really don't know what I would do without these tools at my disposal!And along with that, there are a number of iOS apps on both my iPhone and iPad that I have found invaluable, both in my work as a choir director, as well as my day-to-day productivity.  So in today's episode I list what I think are "must have" iOS apps for the choir director.  I won't waste time with some of the obvious ones, like Google Apps, GarageBand or other Apple apps.  You may recognize some of the other apps, but I think you will enjoy hearing about why/how I use these different apps.  Hopefully you can find in this episode a few more tech tools for your toolbox!Looking for some new reading material to further your skills as a choir director?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for Choir Directors, which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistIf you are looking to dive deeper into resources designed to tackle all of the challenges of being a choir director, then you should check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  The Membership includes online courses and trainings, a PDF Resource Library, opportunities for 1-to-1 coaching, a private Facebook group, and more!  If you’d like to find out more about the CDC Community Membership, you can go to:choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jan 23

29 min 53 sec

I’ve been noticing a LOT of people that have been REALLY down in the dumps lately.  And the way that things have gone the past several months, you cannot blame anyone for being on the struggle bus right now.  But now that we are finally in 2021, it’s time to turn things around!  I am convinced that we are going to make this an amazing year, and that we just need to get ourselves back on track.  And to do that, we need to start with a more positive mindset--myself included!  So in today’s episode, I share with you ten positivity tips that are going to get you on the path to a much more successful, productive, fulfilling, and happier 2021.To find more information on Jon Gordon's "The Energy Bus", and the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistIf you are looking to dive deeper into resources designed to tackle all of the challenges of being a choir director, then you should check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  The Membership includes online courses and trainings, a PDF Resource Library, opportunities for 1-to-1 coaching, a private Facebook group, and more!  If you’d like to find out more about the CDC Community Membership, you can go to:choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jan 15

20 min 6 sec

If you are listening to this, congrats--you made it to 2021!  For many people, the start of the new year brings new year’s resolutions.  But did you know that, depending on what study you reference, between 82 and 91 percent of new year’s resolutions are unsuccessful?Well, James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, has 5 reasons why those resolutions don’t work, and tells us why we should focus not on resolutions, but on creating better, more positive habits to initiate change.  I discuss all of it in today’s episode, as well as how his book has changed not only my work as a choir director, but my life at home as well.  If you'd like to check out "Atomic Habits" by James Clear, you can find a link on my Choir Director Recommended Reading List.For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistHere's to a successful 2021! :)If you are looking to dive deeper into resources designed to tackle all of the challenges of being a choir director, then you should check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  The Membership includes online courses and trainings, a PDF Resource Library, opportunities for 1-to-1 coaching, a private Facebook group, and more!  If you’d like to find out more about the CDC Community Membership, you can go to:choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Jan 8

26 min 56 sec

Do you struggle with teaching vocal technique to your singers? Or are you looking for resources that you can use while teaching choir virtually? I’ve created a unit on vocal technique for my singers, which can be used for instruction during or outside of rehearsals.  This unit on vocal technique will include video lessons, student reflections via Google Form as well as other assessments, culminating in a performance at the end of the trimester of a piece of solo literature.  And, these resources can be used for in-person instruction, as well as virtual instruction.Choir directors that sign up prior to January 4th can get FREE access to these resources!  I am currently in the editing phase, but I will email those that sign up when the resources are ready to go.  The only thing that I ask is that you give me feedback on these resources, so that I can continue to improve on them.To get FREE access, head on over to:  choirdirectorcorner.com/techniqueHope you and yours have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holidays!Looking for some new reading material for your holiday break?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for choir directors which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list! For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistIf you are looking to dive deeper into resources designed to tackle all of the challenges of being a choir director, then you should check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  The Membership includes online courses and trainings, a PDF Resource Library, opportunities for 1-to-1 coaching, a private Facebook group, and more!  If you’d like to find out more about the CDC Community Membership, you can go to:choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Dec 2020

4 min 42 sec

I know, I know--you're probably DONE with technology right now!  But I promise--the three (actually, four) tech tools that I discuss in today's episode are SUPER easy to use.  One you can learn in 30 seconds!  And they all have the potential to be game-changers in your choir classroom by increasing student engagement.   Check them out, and see which ones will help you in your choir rehearsals!Links for this episode:vocaroo.comchrome.google.com/webstore (for Chrome extensions)gimkit.comFriends still asking you what you want for Christmas?  Check out my Choir Director Recommended Reading List for choir directors which includes links to where you can find all of the different books on the list!  For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistIf you are looking to dive deeper into resources designed to tackle all of the challenges of being a choir director, then you should check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  The Membership includes online courses and trainings, a PDF Resource Library, opportunities for 1-to-1 coaching, a private Facebook group, and more!  If you’d like to find out more about the CDC Community Membership, you can go to:choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Dec 2020

19 min 29 sec

I had a question recently about books that all choir directors should read, so, I put together a Recommended Reading List for choir directors. In today’s episode of the podcast, I narrow it down to five books that every choir director should read.  And at the end of the episode, I will share with you where you can get a copy of the full recommended list, as well as where you can find each of the books on the list (you can also find the link below).If you have been listening and enjoying the podcast, I’d love to hear from you as well!  Send me an email at: Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com, and let me know what in the podcast you’ve found helpful, as well as any ideas for topics or guests on the podcast.  Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”, and if you’d be so kind, please leave the podcast a review.  That will help us get the word out to more of our choir director colleagues.For the full Choir Director Recommended Reading List, here's the link:choirdirectorcorner.com/readinglistIf you are looking to dive deeper into resources designed to tackle all of the challenges of being a choir director, then you should check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  The Membership includes online courses and trainings, a PDF Resource Library, opportunities for 1-to-1 coaching, a private Facebook group, and more!  If you’d like to find out more about the CDC Community Membership, you can go to: choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Dec 2020

14 min 45 sec

One of the most challenging aspects of being a choir director is working with middle school voices.  It's challenging for a variety of reasons: not only do you have such a wide variety of voices to work with, those voices are constantly changing.  You then have to help all of your individual singers, and then try to bring them into one cohesive ensemble.Because of all of the different challenges involved with working with middle school voices, I enlisted the help of a fantastic middle school director, Maurice Burgess.  I first got to know Maurice online, and then more so after he became a member of the Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  In our conversation we discuss a variety of topics, including how he places voices, how he utilizes the Cambiata concept in his teaching, how he helps singers through their voice change, how he selects repertoire, and more!If you are someone that works with middle school voices, then this episode will bring you TONS of incredible strategies and tips!  Definitely one you do not want to miss!If you've got ideas for a topic or someone who I should interview for the podcast, I would love to hear about it!  Send me an email at:  Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com and let me know!If you are looking to dive deeper into resources designed to tackle all of the challenges of being a choir director, then you should check out the Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  The Membership includes online courses and trainings, a PDF Resource Library, opportunities for 1-to-1 coaching, a private Facebook group, and more!  If you’d like to find out more about the CDC Community Membership, you can go to: choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.comResources mentioned in this episode:Cambiata Institute:     http://cambiatainstitute.comCambiata Press:           http://cambiatapress.comTexas UIL Performance List:     https://www.uiltexas.org/pmlPractical Vocal Acoustics:   Amazon LinkFinding Ophelia's Voice:     Amazon LinkDrakensburg Boys Choir (YouTube)Apple Music:   search for TMEA, ACDA, etc.

Dec 2020

1 hr 19 min

I know that 2020 has been a VERY challenging year, to say the least!  Which makes it even more important for us to stay positive and take note of the good things in our lives.  So, in this special Thanksgiving episode of the podcast,  I am discussing the six things that I am most thankful for this year.So what are you most thankful for this year?  I would love to hear about it!  Send me an email at: Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com and let me know!Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!Looking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Nov 2020

13 min 31 sec

One of my favorite tech tools that I am using with my choirs right now is the digital audio workstation BandLab for Education (edu.bandlab.com).  And in today's episode, I am going to discuss the ten reasons why you should be using BandLab with your choirs, too!If you want to dive deeper into BandLab for Education, I will be doing a live online training inside of our Choir Director Corner Community Membership.  In that training, I will go through all of the nuts and bolts of BandLab--how to record tracks, edit audio, create assignments, the whole nine yards!  If you’d like to find out more about the CDC Community Membership, you can go to:  choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Nov 2020

22 min 24 sec

I am always looking for new tools for my "director toolbox".  After attending a conference, I got the idea of asking some of the most well-respected directors in the choir world this question:"What are one or two rehearsal concepts or techniques that you have found to be invaluable in your teaching?"I received some AMAZING responses!  And in today's episode, I am sharing with you 5 rehearsal tips and strategies from leaders in the choral music field.  These are all tips that you can immediately incorporate into your teaching, and they will have an instant impact on your ensembles.If you'd like to see all of the responses that I received, I created the "Master Teachers Rehearsal Techniques PDF" to share with other choir directors.  Originally I separated the responses into two parts, but I have combined everything into one easy PDF, which includes the responses from directors as well as a short discussion about each rehearsal technique.  You can get your FREE copy of the PDF here:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/RehearsalTipsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaIf you are looking for some new choir warm-ups that will reinforce vocal technique AND engage your singers, check out my free PDF, the 50 Awesome Warm-Ups for your Choir Cheat Sheet!http://bit.ly/50AwesomeWarmUpsCheatSheetFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Nov 2020

20 min 26 sec

A recent post on social media asked the following question: "What's your "why" for being a choir director?"  Considering all of the challenges and obstacles that we are currently facing in our teaching, my guess is that there are a LOT of choir directors asking this same question!In today's episode of the podcast, I discuss the three questions you should be asking yourself  when considering your "why" as a choir director, as well as the importance of remembering our "why" in these challenging times.  Remember to give yourself grace, do the best with the situation you are given, and keep fighting the good fight for your singers!Have more questions about "finding your why", or about some of the challenges you are currently facing in your teaching?  Send me an email at: Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com.  I'm happy to help!Looking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Nov 2020

29 min 55 sec

One of the most challenging tasks that a choir director can be faced with is trying to help young male singers through their voice change.  It can be very frustrating, for both the teacher and the singer.  One of the things that often happens is that it becomes difficult for the singer to access the falsetto part of their range.  Today’s episode of the podcast discusses a few strategies and exercises to assist your young singers, and also talks about the challenges of bridging the vocal gap and matching pitch through this difficult time.  If you’d like a resource that you can share with your young singers that goes through some exercises and strategies on how to navigate the transition in and out of falsetto, I have put together a “tutorial” video that does just that.  Have a look at it, and feel free to share it with your students, and use it however it fits your needs!choirdirectorcorner.com/falsettoHave more questions about helping young male singers through the voice change?  Send me an email at: Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.com.  I'll be happy to help!Looking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Oct 2020

18 min 3 sec

One of the questions I get the most in our current environment is this: "HOW are you teaching right now?"  In this episode, I discuss WHAT content I am teaching, and HOW I am teaching--what rehearsals look like, as well as what technology I am using.  All of this while teaching online and in-person students AT THE SAME TIME!  Want to know all about how I'm doing it?  This episode is for you!Have more questions about how I'm teaching both online and in-person?  Hit me up via email at:  Matt@ChoirDirectorCorner.comIn this episode, I mention three USB microphones that you might check out.  Here are links to each:ATR 2100XBlue YetiAKG LyraLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Oct 2020

45 min 31 sec

With school shifting to online, teachers had to go scrambling for technology solutions.  One free solution that many teachers turned to was Flipgrid.  Flipgrid is online software that allows teachers to post videos and other assignments, and then students can respond via video.  On the surface, Flipgrid might seem like something that would be better utilized in other subject areas.  But once you dig into it, if we start to think outside the box a little bit, there are actually a lot of ways that we can adapt Flipgrid to what we do as choir directors.  In this episode, I’m going to give you 10 ideas for assessments and/or projects that you can do with your singers using Flipgrid.  As an added bonus, I’ve created a free PDF Cheat Sheet that lists all of the ten ways, so that you don’t even have to take notes!  Here's the link to get your copy:https://choirdirectorcorner.com/flipgridtenwaysWould you like to go even further into Flipgrid, with step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to create classes and Topics, how to record videos, how to give student feedback, and a whole lot more?  Then my online course, Flipgrid Essentials for the Choir Director, is just what you are looking for!  The course is available through the Choir Director Corner Community Membership, which you can learn more about here:https://choirdirectorcorner.com/communityLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Oct 2020

33 min 15 sec

For many choir directors, technology is a REALLY frustrating topic.  We don’t have a lot of extra time to wade through instruction manuals and tutorials, and we get easily frustrated when we run into roadblocks.  Not to mention money--who has the money to pay for all of this stuff?Due to things out of our control, technology--what to use, and how to use it--has become a top priority in our world.  With schools closing, choir directors have had to scramble to find ways to interact and engage with our students.    Some things work pretty well, and other things….not so much.  Some things might be in our budget, and other things….totally out of reach.Well, in today’s episode, I’m going to discuss Ten Technology Tools that you can use right now, whether you are teaching virtually or in a hybrid model.  One great thing about these tools is that you will still be able to utilize them once we “go back to normal”.  Another great thing about them? They are all FREE!  Now I’ve got your attention--there’s nothing teachers love more than FREE STUFF!Looking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Oct 2020

18 min 21 sec

As choir directors, we often talk to our singers about having them practice at home.  Singing is like any other learned skill--singers must really be committed to practicing consistently, and with purpose, in order to see improvement.  Well, due to the current pandemic, home might now be our singers’ BEST opportunity to sing!  But how many of us growing up were comfortable practicing with our parents around?  Singing at home can make many of our young singers self-conscious and uncomfortable.  But if we give our singers, and their parents, some guidelines about setting up a “safe space” for them to practice at home, our singers can use this time at home to truly grow and develop as musicians.So, I created a set of "Guidelines for Singing at Home"  to help singers feel more comfortable practicing at home, as well as to help their parents be positive and supportive, without making their young singers feel self-conscious.  I put together a PDF graphic for “Guidelines for Singing at Home” that I have shared with my singers and their parents that you may also find useful. To get your free copy of the Guidelines for Singing at Home PDF Graphic, just click on this link:https://choirdirectorcorner.com/SingingAtHomeLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Oct 2020

13 min

For many choir directors, in-person singing has not been possible for quite a while, so we’ve had to shift to trying to rehearse online.  And whether you use Zoom, Google Meet or some other software, the experience will be different.  But, with creative and specific guidance for our singers, we can make singing online a productive and valuable experience for everyone involved.  In this episode, I’m going to talk about how a Zoom rehearsal can work, and give you some best practices to use so that your rehearsals are time well spent. To get your free copy of the Best Practices for Zoom Rehearsals PDF Graphic, just click on this link:https://choirdirectorcorner.com/ZoomRehearsalsLooking for an activity that you can do with your choir virtually as well as in-person?  Check out the solfege game, "The Choir Room is LAVA!"www.ChoirDirectorCorner.com/thechoirroomislavaFor more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Sep 2020

15 min 18 sec

You've heard of the flipped classroom model, but what about The Flipped Choir Rehearsal?  In this episode, I discuss my idea of The Flipped Choir Rehearsal, and how we might use some "flipped" concepts to keep our singers singing utilizing different technology resources.  There are also great ideas for singer assessment, which you can use whether you are teaching in-person or virtually.  For more great resources, hop on over to our website:www.ChoirDirectorCorner.comMake sure you check us out over on Facebook!  You can find our private group at:www.ChoirDirectorCornerGroup.com

Sep 2020

14 min 17 sec