097. Lessons that Choir Directors Can Learn from Ted Lasso
The Choir Director Corner Podcast
by Matt Walker
1M ago
After several days off due to snow and dangerous wind chills, I knew it was going to be a challenge to get my singers back into our routine.  As they started coming into the room, I thought to myself: "I'm going to have to go all Ted Lasso on these guys today!" And it got me thinking--there are lots of lessons that we as choir directors can learn from Ted Lasso.  In Episode 97 of the podcast, I discuss seven of the lessons that we can take from Ted to build community and move our choir programs forward! Ted Lasso is just one of the "roles" that we can play when it comes to motivat ..read more
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096. "My Choir is SO Unmotivated!" I Have Questions.
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by Matt Walker
2M ago
The social post said, in so many words--"My Choir is SO Unmotivated!"  And this is obviously a widespread problem, because the responses were flying fast and furious, all from choir directors with the same problem!  But most of the responses never dealt with the real question, which is WHY our singers are so unmotivated. Pinpointing the root cause is the first step to coming up with potential solutions to combat the issue. This is an issue that I have dealt with myself as well, and in Episode 96 of the podcast, I'm sharing with you the questions that I ask to help myself analyze the ..read more
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095. Tips for Translating Your Score Study into Rehearsal Techniques
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by Matt Walker
2M ago
Diving into a choral score is a big process, but also one that is critical in bringing the music we have before us to life.  Once we have tackled our score study, a new challenge emerges–how does the work we’ve done in preparing the score show up in our rehearsal process? In Episode 95 of the podcast, I’m sharing with you some tips for how choir directors can connect the dots between the in-depth analysis of a choral score and the practical, and creative, aspects of rehearsal planning, ensuring every rehearsal is not only productive and purposeful, but also engaging! Looking for an onli ..read more
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094. AI for Choir Directors?
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by Matt Walker
2M ago
There’s been a lot in the news about AI recently, and more specifically, with ChatGPT.  I myself have used ChatGPT for a number of things, for a number of purposes–usually as an assistant to bounce ideas off of, and to brainstorm ideas when my brain is fried.  It certainly can be helpful in saving me time.  But there are still a lot of issues with it--the information often isn't accurate, you don't know where the information is coming from, and it doesn't always apply directly to everything we do as choir directors. But I have good news!  In Episode 94 of the podcast, I’m ..read more
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093. Still Looking For Winter Choral Repertoire?
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by Matt Walker
3M ago
As choir directors, we always have to be one step ahead.  Which means that even though it's fall outside, it's time to start planning for those much-anticipated winter choral concerts! In Episode 93 of the podcast, I share with you five hand-picked winter themed choir pieces, all of which would be great additions to your winter concert. Get set to introduce new repertoire to your choir, irrespective of whether it's an upper elementary, middle school, high school or an adult community choir! And if after listening you are still looking for more winter repertoire ideas, our recent Monthly ..read more
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090. Key Elements to Setting Your Choirs Up for a Successful Year
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by Matt Walker
5M ago
I've had choir directors ask about a "Beginning of the Year To-Do List", but our jobs as directors can differ greatly, just because of the particular school district or organization we work for.  However, I do believe there are some universal key elements that help us to give ourselves, and our singers, the best possible chance to be successful. In today's episode of the podcast, I'm focusing on 11 key elements to consider at the start of your choir year.  If you haven't incorporated any of these into your program, that's okay!  There's never a bad time to start making these el ..read more
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089. Marketing Your Choir Program by Conquering Objections!
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by Matt Walker
8M ago
In order to market your choir program to prospective singers, you need to get the heart of what motivates singers to join your program, as well as the obstacles that prevent them from joining your program. When you talk to prospective singers about why they haven't yet joined your program, you'll hear a lot of different reasons--we call these objections.  Once you have a better understanding of what those objections might be, you can then go about addressing them, and helping prospective singers overcome them. One great way that you can address some of the objections that prospective si ..read more
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088. Making a Recruiting Push for Your Choir Program!
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by Matt Walker
10M ago
While it's always a good time to recruit, the end of the year is the perfect time to recruit more singers to your program.  Students are making plans for the following year and finalizing their schedules, so now is a great time to get potential singers to consider joining your program. In this last month of school we are making a "recruiting push" for our program, and in Episode 88 of the podcast, I'm sharing with you three things that we are doing to bring more singers into our choir community.  Not only will you get some recruiting ideas from this episode, but there's also resourc ..read more
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078. Telling Stories Through Choral Music: Conversation with Tim Takach!
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by Matt Walker
1y ago
In Episode 78 of the podcast, I'm excited to share with you my conversation with composer Tim Takach!  We cover a lot of ground in our conversation, talking about his time with the group Cantus, his growth and development as a composer, and his compositional process.  Tim is a wonderful storyteller, which happens to be one of the main objectives of his music--to tell stories!  We also discuss which of his compositions you should take a look at to learn more about him and his compositional style, as well as how he supports both composers and choir directors with his work with Gra ..read more
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077. Five Reasons for Choir Directors to Add MuseScore to Their Workflow
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by Matt Walker
1y ago
Over the years, I've used a number of software programs for tasks involved with music composition.  A while back a friend recommended MuseScore, and after trying it out, I've added it to the list of tools that I use on a regular basis.  Recently I discovered a new function inside of MuseScore that to me was a game-changer, making MuseScore my "go-to" composition software moving forward.  In Episode 77, I discuss 5 big reasons why choir directors should be using MuseScore in their workflow.  It will save you time and open up new teaching opportunities in your choir classroom ..read more
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