ERIC Number: EJ726868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-1
Reference Count: N/A
Snapshot of a Middle School Choir Director
Teaching Music, v13 n1 p50 Aug 2005
With their arms resting at their sides and standing up tall and focused, students in Tom Shelton's eighth-grade honors women's choir watch Shelton's hands and sing the matching solfege pitches on his cue. As they go down the scale, sol, fa, mi, re, do, Shelton says, "Listen. Don't let mi go flat." The girls try again, this time more focused on singing the pitches in tune. Shelton, who has been teaching for sixteen years, has built a strong choral program at Kernersville Middle School in Kernersville, North Carolina (a growing suburb of Winston-Salem). Nearly one-third of the 1,200 students at Kernersville Middle School are enrolled in his classes. When students enter his choruses in sixth grade, they have had general music, and a few may have sung in their fifth-grade chorus. All students are welcome in Shelton's choirs, and he works diligently to make them better singers and better musicians. Here, the author presents Shelton's classroom and some of the strategies that have proven successful for him.
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Music Teachers, Singing, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Music Education, Music Techniques, Music Reading
MENC (National Association for Music Education) Subscription Office, P.O. Box 1584, Birmingham, AL 35201. Tel: 800-336-3768 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.menc.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina