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Read! It'll do ya good

by Howard Meharg, Web/Editor, NWACDA

 
 

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Yep! We’re always urging you to take a look at articles written by our NW and state ACDA officers. These are folks who take the time to provide some thoughtful and helpful information for us all. Sometimes they give us just the inspiration we need. Often it’s great ideas on how you can do an even better job in rehearsals and performances. And how about those suggestions for choral lit! Many times these colleagues make a huge contribution to our personal growth and to the improvement of our choirs.

But it does take time!

Yes, you’re inundated with reading material related to your everyday role in your school or church. So here I am urging you (still again) to find the time, a system, a routine that allows for perusal of this material coming from your friends.

Close to home
Perhaps you’ll want to start with some recent articles from our very own northwest choral leaders such as these:

Five levels of rehearsal engagement

by Brian Mitchell
Unbelievably practical and up-to-date. It's written from the standpoint of the choral classroom, but easily adaptable to all work with young choirs!

So God made a choir director
by Brian Mitchell
If you liked Brian’s writing in the previous example, you’ll love this one. You want some encouragement? You need some inspiration? Head straight for this article!

Bridging the Gap: Connecting Choral Communities
by Timothy Westerhaus
“We all do better when we all do better.” Find out what Tim means by this. It’s more important than you can even imagine.

One Piece: A World of Learning
by Brian Hoskins
This one you’ll want to read with pencil in hand...and not when you’re in a hurry! It’ll cause you to think and it could revolutionize your whole approach to teaching music. I don’t exaggerate.

Stuck in the middle: finding multi-cultural music for middle school choirs
by Kurt McKee
Oh, but it can be done! Kurt's enthusiasm for multi-cultural music carries you on a tide. You can't miss with this great (long) list of choral literature. And it's not limited to middle school aged choirs. Take a careful look!

The sources are endless
Much of what we use in our online newsletters and blogs deals with getting information out to you about conferences and workshops. Sometimes we summarize events deemed newsworthy. And, of course, you sift through all of this. We love it when we hear you've enjoyed the material we put online for our state and regional websites. But you're not limited, nor are we isolated to our own state or divisional publications.

I urge you to find the time to dig a little deeper into all the offerings provided in professional publications…online and print. ACDA, for example, makes a huge contribution to its members in this regard. Don’t forget how easy it is to access such material to be found in other divisional and state publications. Much of this is now available online.

Just to make it easy for you to find, I've provided a list of websites and/or newsletters (often in PDF) for other ACDA divisions and states. Actual newsletters are sometimes available. In other cases, the website serves as a newsletter and articles can be accessed directly from the website. It does take a little digging. Some of these sites and newsletters are better than others. Some are fantastic sources. But find a little time and explore these links.

Central Division
Illinois
Indiana
Michigan: (Click on “Bella Voce” for articles in various categories)
Ohio

Eastern Division
Connecticut
Delaware
Maine (articles, a blog…good use of the website)
Maryland/DC
Massachusetts - newsletter plus website with articles
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont

North Central Division
Iowa (website) -  Iowa newsletter "Sounding Board"
Minnesota (website) Newsletter
Nebraska
North Dakota
South Dakota
Wisconsin

Northwestern Division
Alaska
Idaho
Montana
Oregon
Washington
Wyoming

Southern Division (website)
Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia

Southwestern Division
Arkansas (website) Newsletter
Colorado
Kansas
Missouri
New Mexico
Oklahoma: non functional
Texas

Western Division
Arizona
California
Hawaii
Nevada; No URL
Utah