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Building Connections, Singing for Life

We’re delighted to release the next in our series of videos recorded at the 2019 Choral Connect convention in Wellington: Julie Wylie’s presentation Building Connections, Singing for Life in which she explains how singing, movement and rhythmic play activate every part of the brain and lay the foundation of music for life.

Julie is the founder of the musical play programme at the Champion Centre at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch, where she is the senior music specialist. She has her own music school for mothers and babies and children aged 0-8 years, and is Co-Director of a Postgraduate online training programme in Play Therapy and Musical Play.

In her presentation, Julie illustrates how singing before birth helps develop a strong musical relationship between mother and newborn, and contributes to emotional communication, wellbeing, cognitive development, tuneful singing and musicality.

A short clip from Julie’s video is below. The full one-hour video is on the ACD Video Channel, accessible to current ACD members via login and password. Directors of a Big Sing or Kids Sing choir have automatic ACD membership for the year in which they take part in TBS or TKS.


Other titles on our ACD Video Channel are:

  • Choral sound concept – Vowels are key! – Elise Bradley
  • Not just an accompanist! The art of the collaborative pianist – Rachel Fuller
  • A Kodály-inspired approach to developing musical literacy – Megan Flint
  • Efficient and engaging rehearsal strategies for the community choir – Brent Stewart
  • The Ictus – the conductor’s point of contact – Karen Grylls
  • Voice matching and singer placement in choirs – David Squire
  • Are you really singing? Achieving the correct resonance with children’s voices – Megan Flint

We’ll be releasing further videos from Choral Connect ’19 over the next few months.

Not a member of ACD? Join here. Want to check whether your ACD membership is current? Email our Operations Manager, Cathryn Wyllie cathryn.wyllie@nzcf.org.nz

What are the other benefits of ACD membership?
The ACD is a network that provides professional development and mentoring, and fosters connectivity and collegiality between choral leaders. As a member of the ACD, you will gain:

  • access to the NZCF Association of Choral Directors (ACD) closed Facebook group*
  • complimentary access to Musica International’s virtual library*
  • complimentary one-year membership of the American Choral Directors Association*
  • access to ACD’s video channel*
  • access to ACD advisors to work with conductors and choirs
  • invitations to choral conducting workshops, conventions and other events
  • preferential acceptance to NZCF and ACD workshops where numbers are limited
  • a reduction (greater than that of personal members) on the entry fee to NZCF events
  • the opportunity to network with other conductors
  • a dedicated ‘Conducting’ section on the NZCF website with access to ‘members only’ educational resources
  • monthly eBreve and ACD’s Ictus quarterly newsletter
  • discounts on NZCF publications
  • voting rights at NZCF elections and other meetings

* access through Username and Password, provided on payment of the annual subscription