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In the Middle With Mr D · 4d ago

Recruiting Boys to sing in Middle School Chorus

Oh my...Haven't books been written on this subject?!?   And aren't seminars almost always presented at every major conference about keeping boys in your chorus?And I'm trying to sum it up in...
In the Middle With Mr D · 4d ago

A letter I sent to Chorus Parents After Adjudication Today

Hello Parents!Today was a magical day.  Your children were magnificent.  I am so proud of their hard work, dedication, discipline and perseverance.On Remind, I sent photos of all of the resu...
In the Middle With Mr D · 2W ago

Myths about Classroom Management

This week, I found this article about classroom management, and with permission from the author, I am sharing it here with you because I believe firmly in the ideas presented in it!Educators...
In the Middle With Mr D · 2W ago

March Madness! S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program Giveaway!

This is the season of adjudications for choral musicians! Take the dread out of teaching sight singing to your beginners, and let's walk into that room without fear!I'm giving away the S-Cub...
In the Middle With Mr D · 3W ago

What is your experience with Perfect Pitch?

What is your experience with Perfect Pitch?On Monday morning, I was on the treadmill running, and I came across this article about a child in Atlanta who has perfect pitch.I've always believ...
In the Middle With Mr D · 1M ago

Keeping them motivated at this time of year!

This week, I made a couple of videos to share some ideas about what I'm doing to keep my students motivated as we prepare for our March adjudication.There are two videos.This one is about 5 ...
In the Middle With Mr D · 1M ago

When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window

One of my favorite musicals of all time is "The Sound of Music".I never tire of watching it with my students and teaching the lessons it offers us the teach.I've watched more times than I ca...
In the Middle With Mr D · 1M ago

The Winter Months-When the Rubber Meets the Road in your Middle School Choral Music Classroom

January and February can hit a middle school chorus teacher square between the eyes.The dark, cold days can be trying ones.  It isn't easy motivating children to sing when they are strugglin...
In the Middle With Mr D · 1M ago

Introducing New Songs to your Middle School Beginners

The moment when you introduce a new song to your middle school beginners is so important.If we don't get them hooked from the start, they shut down and decide they don't like the song.  Then...
In the Middle With Mr D · 1M ago

S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Giveaway

I am giving away the Level ONE of S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program for Beginners!You can enter from 12:00 AM Thursday, January 26th until Friday, January 27th at 11:59 PM.Enter be...