What do children’s choir conductors need?

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LET'S MEET
roundtable (60 min.)
composing - teaching
Saturday 9.30hrs
Academiegebouw

Developing your work with children’s choirs.

In this session, we will provide a space to reflect on our work as childrens’ choir conductors.
We will reflect on our knowledge and teaching philosophies, practical elements of rehearsals and the wider needs of us, as conductors, and our choir members. We will start with thinking about models of vocal education with children, then we will go deeper into questions about the professionalisation and competences of choir conductors working with children. Throughout the session, we will reflect on working with children in settings of collective singing.
This will be an interactive session where we will work in small groups reflecting on your practice in order to develop current choir practices.

Panel members

Motje Wolf - moderator

Motje Wolf - moderator

Motje Wolf is an internationally published researcher in the field of technology enhanced music education. Motje’s research focuses on music education related to music technology, especially on teaching sound-based music within the music classroom. She has conducted studies regarding the pupil’s and the teacher’s experience of teaching and learning sound-based music. Being a professional singer herself, Motje has developed a strong interest in different teaching models of singing. She co-founded the special focus group ‘Singing in Music Education’ (SiME) of the European Association of Music in Schools (EAS) and sits on the steering committee. Within SiME Dr Wolf is involved in international research projects and helps to develop singing research throughout Europe.

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Helmut Schaumberger

Helmut Schaumberger

Helmut Schaumberger studied music education in Vienna and received his doctorate in music education in 2018 with a thesis on the professionalisation of children’s and youth choir conductors at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. Through his work as National Coordinator of Austria for the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS), Helmut Schaumberger is in close contact with researchers and teachers in Europe and beyond. He is the founder and leader of the Special Focus Group Singing in Music Education and publishes regularly in journals with his colleagues in the leadership team of this group.

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Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot

Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot

Born in Barcelona, Elisenda completed studies in Orchestral Conducting, Composition and Music Education. She has been teaching and conducting for over thirty years, and has specialized particularly in choirs, with a focus on children and equal voices. She co-directs the activity Cantània and conducts the Cor infantil Sant Cugat, El Cor Canta, and the female chamber choir Voxalba. Elisenda teaches at ESMUC (Superior School of Music in Barcelona). From her musical and pedagogical viewpoint, Elisanda works with a limitless energy and vision, broadening her choirs’ musical horizons both technically and artistically. Elisenda is also a  member of the Music Commission of Leading Voices.

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