Music Education resources

Video and written resources for everyone leading young singers of any kind.

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Leading singing in primary schools - our flexible online has been a great success! Suitable for anyone leading young voices in primary schools, all the recorded sessions are now available to purchase for viewing at any time and make a great online resource. Find out more and book your choice of sessions here.

Leading singing in primary schools: seven twilight training sessions online for anyone working with singers of secondary school age. This brand new flexible course is designed to develop confidence, knowledge and skills for teachers, of all experience levels, who lead secondary-school age singers, whether that's in a choir or in a classroom. All sessions are recorded, so you can watch live or at your leisure. Find out more and book your place here.

Warm-ups and fun games for KS1 (5-7 year olds) with Jo McNally

Three short videos with Jo McNally, who, as ever, has lots of tips and ideas to make singing fun for young children and are easily adapted for older voices too.

Warm-ups and exercises for Lower KS2 (7-9 year olds) with Sue Hollingworth

Our Vice-President Susan Hollingworth shares warm-ups and exercises particularly for 7-9 year olds, but suitable for using with singers of all ages, including improving expression, posture, breathing and more. Try 'Lickety-split' with your singers!

Access the video here (28 minutes total; the various sections are time marked so you can watch it in segments if you prefer).

Warm-ups and exercises for Upper KS2 (9-11 year olds) with Lucy Hollins

Join abcd tutor Lucy Hollins for her favourite warm-ups and exercises and a wealth of expert tips. Particularly aimed at young voices, but easily adapted for everyone!

Access the video here (19 minutes).

Leading online rehearsals with young voices

Conductor, music educator and abcd Council member Richard Jeffries leads this video (around 17 minutes long) about running online rehearsals with young voices. There is guidance for anyone wanting to set up a Zoom rehearsal for the first time, hints and tips for everyone rehearsing their choir online and also a guide to basic video editing.

Access the video here (17 minutes).

Susan Hollingworth - Twelve Top Tips for Leaders of Youth Choirs

Susan Hollingworth BEM (Artistic Director of the nationally renowned Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir) shares her wisdom about leading a successful youth choir. Download this written resource here.

More resources for teachers and schools

Find out about the courses we offer for teachers and anyone leading young voices here.

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