Remote learning resources

With the recent outbreak of coronavirus in the UK and consequent government restrictions, all choir rehearsals have been cancelled and as conductors, we're having to find new and inventive ways to meet with our choirs virtually.

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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We hope that you find these new online resources useful and informative! Over the coming months, these resources will be developed and added to, and we hope that this Resource Bank will form a useful glossary of information for all choral leaders.However in light of the ongoing situation with coronavirus and the immediate postponement of our Spring training programme and annual Choral Leaders' Festival abcd like many other charitable arts organisations, faces a difficult few months. If you feel able to make a donation to help sustain the abcd community of staff and conductor tutors and to support the creation of innovative online resources, we would encourage you to do so here.