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NZCF Publications

NZCF Publications

Hear Our Voices – a handbook for leaders of children’s choirs

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Hear our Voices has been written by Megan Flint, Mary Cornish and Maria Winder and provides a wealth of practical advice for leaders of children’s choirs.

Topics include:

  • developing a culture of singing in your school – when to sing, what to sing (selecting repertoire, characteristics of singers and song suggestions), and how to sing (teaching a new song/what to listen for)
  • moving from massed singing to a choral ensemble – starting a choir, rehearsal time and space, auditions, accompaniment, managing the group, preparing for performance (some useful tips), and conducting gesture.

There are also some lavish lists of recommended reading, repertoire suggestions and other useful resources.

In the foreword to the book, Dr Karen Grylls says: “Singing is the most important primary musical experience in a child’s life. In this resource, the authors demonstrate their passion for singing and share their knowledge, and that of others, most generously. In part one, this book addresses the various activities that involve singing at the beginning level of games and chant, and shares knowledge about repertoire appropriate to our New Zealand environment. In part two, it explores the possibilities, processes and skills needed to establish and run choirs in the school context. There are many well-researched ideas and much knowledge to assist the start of a choral journey. Singing and children are uttered in the same breath, it seems to me. Yes, there needs to be a culture of children singing in schools that embraces the classroom and massed assembly singing with the development of school choirs. Singing must inhabit our lives, the lives of our children, and the playgrounds in which they play. Take a deep breath and sing!”

Copies can be ordered from the NZCF office office@nzcf.org.nz at a cost of $30 plus postage.

Sing what you See, See what you Sing

by Judy Bellingham

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This book is a systematic approach to sight-singing and is designed to be used by choirs on a regular basis, week by week, to gradually improve sight-singing skills. It also includes resources, vocal health for singers, a pronunciation guide and glossary of terms.

Copies can be ordered from the NZCF office office@nzcf.org.nz at a cost of $30 plus postage.