Videos

AFPC/NCEA Webinar - How to Grow a Youth Choir

Every rehearsal has the potential to feel like a festival, but it takes time to cultivate and grow a choir. Whether you start from scratch or already have a core group, growth must always be nurtured. Gaining enthusiasm and commitment from your community, your pastor, and the children is essential. Director Linda Opaleski will share her recipe for attracting singers (both male and female) into your choir and keeping them there with the support of your families, parish and pastor.

AFPC/NCEA Webinar - Catholic Liturgical Music in Catholic Schools

Integral to the mission of Catholic schools is formation in liturgy and liturgical music. The Church calls on schools "to cultivate the repertoire of sacred music inherited from the past, to engage the creative efforts of contemporary composers and the diverse repertoires of various cultures, and to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy worthily." (Sing to the Lord #54) Further, we are to "foster the joy of singing" and develop a liturgical repertoire that supports the parish Sunday liturgy.

AFPC/NCEA Webinar - Online Resources for Student Music

AFPC members have access to thousands of curated anthems for children through the Church Music Institute online libraries and other resources. Entries all have PDF samples, and can be searched by 17 criteria, including lectionary and scripture reference. The Choral Library contains over 1,700 titles specifically for children, and thousands more for unison, two part, two equal voices, two and three part mixed, SA, SSA and SAB voicings. Over 200 anthems are included for children as an additional choir with adults.

AFPC/NCEA Webinar - Technology and Sacred Music

Technology has quickly made it into the hands of teachers and students around the world. But where does it fit into education and sacred music? In this webinar, Theresa Ducassoux will introduce participants to various tech tools that can be utilized in music education to build community, share exemplars, support music reading, and connect with students inside and outside of the classroom. Participants will learn how to use tools such as Flipgrid and Google Apps for Education to enhance their music teaching to best impact student learning.

 

AFPC-NCEA Webinar Series - A Year in the Life of a Catholic School Music Teacher

This webinar will outline a planning process for the School and Liturgical Year. Using the School Year as a guide, Ms. Fleming-Atwood will cover topics such as: repertoire selection for specific seasons of the Church Year, resources for Christmas and Pageant Passion Plays and inspiring traditions in the Catholic School and Parish. Grade level curriculum and lesson/rehearsal planning will be discussed. In addition, resources for teachers/conductors to help maintain healthy vocal technique/hygiene will be provided.

AFPC/NCEA Webinar - Teaching and Conducting a Chant Mass

How can directors teach choirs to read and sing from chant notation with limited rehearsal time? Is it possible for someone who doesn't have much experience with chant to direct a choir to sing it with good phrasing and rhythm? This one-hour webinar with Dr. Jennifer Donelson will introduce directors to effective methods of preparing a choir to hear the music in their minds and sing the music from square notes, of singing chant with good vocal technique and an elegant sense of the line, and of employing artistic and expressive conducting.

AFPC/NCEA Webinar - Taking it to the Next Level: Achieving Choral Excellence in Parishes and Schools

Scott and Suzanne Atwood discuss strategies for success in the areas of choral recruitment, repertoire, and rehearsal techniques.  The seminar will look at proven practices for attracting and retaining young singers, building a quality library, liturgical programming, team-building, choral best practices, and working with changing voices.

Presented by:

Suzanne Fleming-Atwood, Children's Choir Director, Christ Our King Catholic Church, MT. Pleasant, SC

AFPC/NCEA Webinar - Conducting Gregorian Chant: Beginning Techniques

Designed for teachers who are new to conducting chant (and even to singing it), this seminar will cover the basics of reading neumatic (square-note) notation, as well as, give an introduction to understanding the rhythm and phrasing of the chant according to the classical Solesmes method. Building on these basics, conductors will progress through a series of basic gestures and exercises, culminating in the conducting of a Kyrie by the end of the session.

AFPC/NCEA Webinar - Technology and Sacred Music

Technology has quickly made it into the hands of teachers and students around the world. But where does it fit into education and sacred music? In this webinar, Theresa Ducassoux will introduce participants to various tech tools that can be utilized in music education to build community, share exemplars, support music reading, and connect with students inside and outside of the classroom. Participants will learn how to use tools such as Flipgrid and Google Apps for Education to enhance their music teaching to best impact student learning.

AFPC/NCEA Webinar- A Year in the Life of a Catholic School Music Teacher: Resources and Repertoire for the School and the Liturgical Calendar

This webinar will outline a planning process for the School and Liturgical Year. Using the School Year as a guide, Ms. Fleming-Atwood will cover topics such as: repertoire selection for specific seasons of the Church Year, resources for Christmas and Pageant Passion Plays and inspiring traditions in the Catholic School and Parish. Grade level curriculum and lesson/rehearsal planning will be discussed.

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