Association Of British Choral Directors

ABCD launches new training courses

The Association of British Choral Directors (abcd) is launching its new training course structure in 2017-18.

Choral singing is thriving in Britain today in many forms, some traditional (choral societies, colleges), others new (pop and community choirs). After talking to some of the leading figures in these fields, abcd has responded by restructuring its training provision to meet the needs of people working with singers in all kinds of choir. It retains the key elements of our original courses - including foundations of choral directing technique, with assessment of attainment against ABRSM qualifications - with new elements particularly for those working in music education or the community.

New to abcd are ground-breaking courses for music teachers in secondary and primary schools called 'Get them singing, keep them singing!'. Both courses:

are aimed at teachers who wish to develop their knowledge of leading singing for young and changing voices.

In addition, a course 'Encouraging Young Vocal Leaders' is being offered for the first time, for GCSE/A-Level students wishing to develop vocal leadership skills.

All three new courses will be made available via Music Hubs, Academy Schools and Music Services in any part of the UK

"This suite of new abcd courses should be welcomed by all Music Education Hubs in the country and included in their Singing Strategies. Individual teachers in schools will welcome the practical skills, knowledge and confidence these flexible courses will provide."

Susan Hollingworth, Leading choral director, Sing Up Ambassador, animateur

These new courses form part of a restructured training structure that also features a development of the former Intermediate Course into two distinct strands - 'Emerging' and 'Progressive'. These new strands will allow potential participants more choice in developing their own skills and experience according to each person's ambition and ability.

Full details of the new course structure and individual courses can be found here, or download the leaflet here.

Leaders of Music Hubs, Education Trusts and Music Services are invited to contact Penny Homer, Training Manager either via email or on 07805454563 to discuss how the training courses may be arranged and provided.

Posted: Mon 27th November 2017

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