Resources for leaders of secondary school aged voices

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Training courses

Check out the latest schedule of live and online events for everyone leading singing here and find out more about our general choral conducting programme here.

Leading Singing in Secondary Schools

A course specially for teachers who wish to develop their knowledge of leading singing for young and changing voices.Suitable for:

  • Secondary School teachers
  • Music Hubs
  • Student teachers (PGCE and SCIT)
  • Upper KS2 Primary teachers responsible for leading singing/music co-ordinators

We recommend that the course is run as a 3-day course, though it can be adapted and reduced to 1 or 2 days if required. The course can be spread out over a period of months and held at times to suit your individual group, including Saturdays or twilights. The course works best with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 17. Detailed content will be tailored to the group as appropriate, but will cover the following key skills, dependent on the length of the course:

  • Vocal health, development and awareness
  • Finding your voice
  • Using your voice to lead singing confidently
  • Vocal health for teachers
  • Boys' and girls' changing voices
  • Repertoire
  • Practical warm-up ideas
  • Relevant, road-tested repertoire (including Cambiata)
  • Ensemble singing in the classroom
  • Encouraging and developing use of singing within the music curriculum
  • Teaching tools and strategies for enabling good quality singing
  • Musicianship skills and aural awareness
  • Range and vocal quality
  • Using the voice expressively and creatively, leading into improvisation/composition
  • The teacher as conductor
  • Encouraging positive engagement, participation, artistry and respect
  • How to establish, develop and maintain choirs/vocal ensembles

Read more on our course leaflet here.

Contact Us

For more details, or a chat about your particular requirements, email our Training Manager Elisabeth Brierley, or call her on 07805 454563.

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