Dec 19, 2017
The best way to grow your
current high school choral program is to fertilize the soil. Start
a great middle school feeder program, so that in high school you
can spend less time on basic choir fundamentals and more time in
depth with the music. Don’t worry if that seems like an impossible
task; Adam Serpa breaks down all the steps for you. So whether you
are faced with revitalizing a withered existing program, or
planting something brand new, we’ve got the information you need to
get started now.
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Highlight to Tweet: “Keep loving the kids. Be real...build those
relationships, and build good music.” -Adam Serpa
need for Middle School Choir Feeder Programs
your current feeder program for your high school is
it doesn’t exist
- Either way, your next steps are the
- Making the case to Administrators in the
you imagine a district that didn’t start math until high school?
Choir is like any other subject. Start early is important for
- Middle school is when many kids are finding
stakeholders on board early
out what has been done in your district before.
familiar with your district’s history
worked, what didn’t, what has been tried before?
out what resources are available.
- Getting the Green Light/Deciding on a program
- Traditional middle school: chorus as an
elective during the school day.
- Several K-8’s feeding into one high school: one
school hosts a zero hour chorus, then students are bussed to their
(or another teacher) may have to travel to the different schools to
work with the middle school aged students.
if you can only get to one other school, that’s a start, and will
help your high school program.
the district’s monthly admin meeting to present your case. Present
the options, and ask, “Which way would work best?”.
of mouth: talk to students, parents...everyone you can.
EVERY back-to-school night
- REMIND app
5th and 6th grade classrooms in the spring
- Curriculum-What do you want choir students to
know when they get to their freshman year in high
benefits after one or two years
- Performing in the community
students who have had training in middle school are instant leaders
in your high school programs
Adam Serpa is the Choir Director
at Dublin High School in Dublin, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This is his first year at Dublin High School, he taught previously
at Ripon High School in the CA Central Valley. He received his
Bachelors of Music in Choral Education and Vocal Performance from
CSU Stanislaus and is pursuing a Master's of Music Education at San
Jose State. Adam lives in Modesto with his wife Krista and two
awesome cats named Berlioz and Bernstein.
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