Remote learning resources

During the current restrictions, many choirs have found new ways to meet and perform. These resources include practical videos and articles on getting the most from rehearsing your choir online, whatever its age, and recording performances online.

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Getting the most from your virtual choir with James Davey

Over the last year, lots of choirs have had a go at producing a virtual performance, with singers recording their track at home and their choir's resident technical wizard producing a video to share with family, friends and audiences. But how do you ensure that your singers produce the best recording they can? Conductor and abcd tutor James Davey shares some hints and tips on getting the best out of your virtual choir, with downloadable instructions that you can edit for your choir.

Running choirs online with Richard Jeffries

Conductor, music educator and abcd Council member Richard Jeffries leads this video 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.

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Zoom tutorial with Professor Jim Daus Hjernøe

Our colleague Prof Jim Daus Hjernøe at RAMA Vocal Center Denmark, who led sessions at last year's Festival, has produced two really helpful tutorials for conductors on using it in rehearsal situations. Learn more here.

Article from Dr Liz Garnett: Remote Rehearsing for a time of Social Distancing

"From this week, the Telfordaires are moving to remote working for our weekly club night. We made this decision, first, for the obvious public health reasons. Well, I say obvious, but apparently not so very obvious to the UK government, who seem happy to ignore WHO recommendations. But even if our decision is over-cautious, the second reason still remains. [Edit: a few hours after I published this, the UK advice got more sensible. I think it was modellers at Imperial College rather than this post they were responding to though...]

The position that many groups have proposed of, 'We'll go ahead but if you feel at risk, stay away, while we continue with the nice things,' seems to me rather unkind to those already disadvantaged by circumstance. We wanted to find a way for us all to have the nice things, including those chorus members with specific risk factors and/or family members to protect." Read the rest of the article here.

Article from Dr Liz Garnett: Remote Rehearsing - Initial Impressions

"Well, the internet is fizzing with accounts of how people have been getting on with taking their rehearsals online, so I'm not sure this one is really needed. But I was going to write up my reflections anyway to inform our plans as they develop, so I thought I may was well do this thinking in public, in case anyone was curious about how we actually got on after my last post on the subject.

We used Zoom, and followed a plan sent out in advance with links for each segment of the rehearsal. The first and last segments were all together, with me leading and the chorus doing stuff with mics off - respectively a warm-up, using exercises we use regularly and can all do, and teaching a rhythm exercise for people to practise during the week. We had ten minutes offline midway for a comfort break and to make a cuppa, then 15 mins together with mics on for club business and social time." Read the rest of the article here.

Article from Dr Liz Garnett: Remote Rehearsing - Can we Sing Together?

"I will stop blogging about remote rehearsing all the time in due course. It's just that when a lot of us are learning a lot in a short time is when it is useful to share ideas. You can wait a bit longer to hear how the 8-part arranging project is going (quite well, btw).

So, the question that everyone always wants to ask is: can we actually do any singing together in an online choral rehearsal? You, know, like the definition of 'choral' would regard as pretty much essential. And the answer is usually no: there's too much lag, sorry." Read the rest of the article here.

Online Teaching for the Unexpected Online Music Educator: a free online class from Michele Weir

Designed to provide 'quick tips and solutions' for everyone who is having to transition from face-to-face teaching to virtual rehearsing, this course covers technical set-up and requirements, online collaboration and recommended methods and activities. Enrol in this free online class here.

Zoom and Online Safeguarding in the age of coronavirus: guidance from Music Mark

Music Mark has put together some helpful advice about how to use Zoom as a safe online teaching tool if you work with children and young people. Read more here.

For further resources for musicians during coronavirus (including sources of practical support and advice, listings of online performances, virtual choirs and online resources for teachers/children & conductors) please visit our dedicated resource page here.

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