School of Music
Music: Choral--Teacher Certification
choir, musical theater, music director, teach, rehearsal
Burfeind, Joshua, "Equipping the Wearer of Many Hats: Considerations for a Classroom Choir Teacher and Theatrical Music Director" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1122.
A high school choir teacher also serving as the theater music director is faced with the challenge of facilitating the learning process for a similar group of students at two different times of day in two different types of performance. One general key to success is to keep the aim in mind. For classroom choirs, the goal is to perform an intricately refined set of songs, calling for a long-term plan supplemented by learning moments. By contrast, the vocal rehearsal for theater must focus on efficiency because of the limited amount of rehearsal time considering the various other aspects of the performance. Both roles also require thorough planning to maximize rehearsal time and capitalize on every possible teaching moment.