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Joan Hall
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Founder, Chairman, President, and C*O of ChoirParts.com
Founder, Chairman, President, and C*O of ChoirParts.com

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Teaching harmony singing to children?
So
here's a question that came in about teaching kids to sing in
harmony: I
am involved the our Son-Shine choir ministry of our church, ages 4-10
(young as mature 2 year, maybe a delayed shy 12 year old.) How
important is it to teach parts at this ages? Or
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PRACTICING EVERY DAY?
This week I was listening to some beautiful music by the famous King's College Choir, and I started to wonder about how much time they spend practicing. I looked it up and saw that the older members have daily practice and the younger members have TWO pract...
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Wrote a new article about doing solo songs as choir songs instead
I just added an article to my website.  If there's a song that you love that's done by a solo singer, and you want to teach it to your choir, these are ideas about how to arrange it: How to turn a solo gospel song into a choir song .  Check it out and share...
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I added a YouTube video about one song - "The Presence of the Lord Is Here"
I'm sharing with the world my suggestion for the best way to clap on this song (the beat changes a lot, so you need to alternate between two different clapping rhythms. Here it is -- How to clap on "The Presence of the Lord Is Here" by Byron Cage .
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Links for warm-up exercises
A customer asked for ideas for vocal warm-ups.  Here are a few video sources with warm-up exercises.  Explore and experiment to find the exercises that work for you.  And feel free to share any other sources that you know. Ron Cross, the Music Ministry Coac...
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Whatever happend to four-part singing?
This is a re-post from 2010 from my old blog that disappeared when the web host suddenly went away.  So glad I found it through the WayBack Machine ! =============================================== I get on this soap box a lot. Why do most of our gospel cho...
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Easy choir songs: How to choose them and when to use them
 As a choir director, you want to have lots of different types of
songs in your teaching repertoire. The more songs you know, the more
you will be able to choose just the right one for a particular choir
or a particular event. One category of songs that yo...
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Thoughts about themes and subjects for Christmas music
The story of Advent and Christmas is rich with meaning. As music
ministers, we can find many themes and subjects to inspire choices
for Christmas music to use in ministry. Even some songs that were
not written with Christmas in mind can be beautiful expre...
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Church gospel choirs are known for
singing one type of music, and we do it very well. But how do you
expand from there? Does your choir want to do other styles? Jazz?
Spirituals? Classical? What do you need to learn if you're trying
to branch out into...
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How should I position my choir in the choir stand?
A reader asked me for my thoughts about how to physically arrange a choir when they're going to sing.  I think the best positioning will vary from choir to choir. Back when I was a kid, church choirs usually positioned themselves in rows, something like thi...
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