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Building Musicians: Resources for Learning Musicianship

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This regular series will examine different facets of building musicians in which we hope to dispel myths and inaccuracies. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for music teams and provide constructive solutions for singers. Personal Musicianship  Singers join our chapters for many reasons, but all share the love of singing barbershop chords. Some singers come to us with years of sing...
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Meaningful Gestures: Riser Placement

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This is the second article in a series for chorus directors and music teams. This article is a companion to a video that HU produced in 2016.   Barbershop chorus singing has two variables that have great effect on acoustic output: riser placement and venue. This article discusses the science behind riser placement. I make a distinction between formation (mixed parts vs. sectional) and placem...
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Meaningful Gestures: What They See Is What You Get

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Directors, have you wondered why your chorus sometimes seems out-of-sync or ragged? This choppiness might be something you’re demonstrating with your gesture, even though you might not be aware of it. This is due to something called mirror neurons. Mirror neurons are the brain cells that pick up on social and emotional cues from other humans. If someone is hurt or upset, we can usually tell jus...
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Structuring Effective Chorus Rehearsals

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Learn from classroom music teacher, chorus director, and BHS gold medal quartet singer, Theo Hicks, on how to plan and implement effective rehearsals for your barbershop group. Theo discusses how it is not just about the rehearsal, it revolves around the barbershop chapter experience and your singer’s ownership over their product. Great experiences and rehearsals blend art and science. This 23-m...
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How to rehearse

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Every issue of The Harmonizer is packed with info and education, whether you sing in a chorus, quartet, direct, or just listen. This month, chorus directors are in the spotlight in the Harmony How-To feature, as Donny Rose take guides them through a great rehearsal. Chorus singers: you'll learn plenty by studying what a director is trying to acheive. Good followership is just as important as good ...
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Harmony University announces returning faculty members

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Join us in welcoming back our returning faculty members! We are thrilled to share our roster of returning faculty and staff who taught with us last year... or perhaps for the last 25! These 38 rock stars are being joined by our first year class of 12 and our 8 returning faculty that have been away for a time.    Please welcome back.... Coaching TrackGary Plaag, DEANSteven ArmstrongAntho...
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