Episode 188: Why Don’t Boys Want to Sing? With Martin Ashley
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3d ago
Professor and researcher Martin Ashley from the UK is back to talk about more recent research related to the boys changing voice from both a biological and empirical view, as well as a qualitative experiential one. We discuss his latest compilation of crucial information, which he has made available for FREE. The eBook is called “Dead Composers and Living Boys.” It is a treasure trove of data, anecdote and advice for teachers of adolescent male singers. “The word “boy” is more of a social term than a biological or medical one. It is not uncommon in choral work for the words “boy” and “treble ..read more
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Episode 187: Five Years of Changing and Expanding the Conversation and
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1w ago
In the digital realm where voices meet ideas, there’s a podcast that’s become a community hub for Choral Music: The Choralosophy Podcast started in February 2019. It was just a small gathering of a few hundred colleagues, sharing their love for choral music. Then, the unexpected happened. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, episode 33 of the podcast seemed to strike a chord with thousands. Suddenly, it wasn’t just about music anymore – it sparked conversations among over 15,000 people and even caught the eye of the New York Times. That was the turning point. All the while, we have staid true to o ..read more
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Episode 186: It’s Time for Anti-Racism with Love, with Chloé Valdary
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2w ago
Activist, author Chloé Valdary is a diversity and anti-racism trainer with a refreshingly loving approach. This week, on Valentine’s Day, I am encouraging us to approach our ensembles, our classes, our colleagues and our neighbors with Agape. In music education, we have a very popular, and important euphemism: “I want my students to see themselves in the music, or in the ensembles I have them watch” based on the finding people who look like them. And this representation does matter! But what I don’t hear enough is, “I want my students to learn to see themselves in everyone, and in ALL of the ..read more
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Episode 185: Bringing the Wisdom of Hebrew Texts into the Choral Canon with Nicholas Weininger
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3w ago
Nicholas Weininger, software engineer and composer, joins me this week to discuss the power of the Hebrew language in choral settings. Both in terms of its sonority and aspects of diction, but also in the contributions many ancient Hebrew texts can make to our philosophical discourses to this day. We discuss the difficulties finding choral music with rich Hebrew text, we also analyze a passage from Ecclesiastes that is the basis of a new Cantata that Nicholas composed after the pandemic. The discussion then moves to the coincidence of the new cantata’s birth into the world during a time of su ..read more
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Episode 184: Should We Stop Assessing Sight Reading at All State Choir? With Drs. Marshaun Hymon and Chantae Pittman
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1M ago
This podcast has become the place to go for Music Literacy pedagogical training tools for teachers over the last five years. As a result, I have never received as much correspondence about content NOT created by me, than Dr. Marshaun Hymon’s February 2024 Choral Journal Article called “A Skills First Approach to the All-State Choir Selection Process.” Let’s just say, this piece has made a splash! Literacy is Equity Dr. Pittman’s Past Episode Read Marshaun’s Article We center the conversation around the ideas presented in the article including whether or not learning to read music is analogo ..read more
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Episode 183: At a Crossroads in Higher Ed with Lynn Atkins
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1M ago
Are there core skills that MUST be acquired in order to teach music? Should there be? This week, I welcome Lynn Atkins to discuss the current challenges we face getting young teachers ready to teach music in an era when our current students and recent graduates had a pretty serious interruption in their education. In addition to this, we have debates raging about whether or not music degree recipients should even be required to be proficiently literate in notation. Throw in a rapidly increasing cost of tuition, AND a rapidly increasing pressure on collegiate faculties to recruit and retain tu ..read more
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Episode 182: Getting off on the Right Foot with a Young Teacher Panel
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1M ago
We are doing something different and fun this week! Just me, and three young colleagues about half my age. Over the last few months, I have gotten several requests to do an episode dedicated to the issues and concerns faced by the next generation of educators. What better way to do that than host a panel?! In this lively discussion with Amenah Ghani, Madelyn Merrell and Victoria Devine, we compare notes on life as a music major in the post-pandemic era and the late 1990’s when I was in undergrad. We also talk about ways young teachers should approach that first job search, and how our educati ..read more
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Episode 181: Finding Equilibrium in the Teacher Life with Jimmy Robertson
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1M ago
This week, I welcome a colleague who shares my crusade of teaching teenagers to be the best they can be through choral music. Jimmy Robertson is a veteran teacher from Garland, TX. In this episode we discuss the ways in which being a teacher can, at times, drain us of our joy. We both love our jobs, but it takes intentionality, and sense of community to feel fulfilled in our careers. Jimmy offers his insights on our tendency to “burn out” from overwork, unsupportive administrators, lack of connection with colleagues, our OWN need to prepare for the job, and possibly the greatest dragon of the ..read more
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Episode 179: YOUR Favorite 2023 Episodes!
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2M ago
Another year of Choralosophy has come to a close! In this episode I have collected short clips, commentary and show highlights from the top 10 episodes and milestones of the year! The criteria is a a bit complex, because the longer the episode is out, the more total people will hear it. So, to make it fair to all episodes over the year, I have come up with a system. My rubric has evolved to include: Total downloads/streams FASTEST to 1000 audience members Social media splash The Top 10 #1 Episode 135: The A Cappella Rehearsal #2 Episode 176: Cementing the Spiritual in American Art #3 Episo ..read more
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Episode 177: Teaching Skills not Songs with Anthony Trecek-King
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2M ago
This week, Dr. Anthony Trecek-King joins the Choralosophy conversation by joining me to discuss two related topics. The teaching of musical fundamentals in our classrooms AND how we can have better and more productive conversations about social justice and the inequities in our society. We range from concrete, in class activities to try with a choir to develop the inner ear, all the way to the core tenets of Anthony’s “Face Your Neighbor” training related to facilitating IN CLASS social justice conversations. We even discuss the annual controversy surrounding “removing sight reading from hono ..read more
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