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Coaching Apprentice & Teaching Assistant Program

Coaching Apprentice & Teaching Assistant Program

About the Program

The Coaching Apprentice and Teaching Assistant (CA-TA) Program is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn practical coaching and teaching skills while observing an experienced coach or teacher.

Participants accepted into the program will be assigned to one of many expert BHS coaches as they work with quartets and choruses attending Quartet and Chorus Coaching College.

The BHS has three great options for you to increase your barbershop knowledge and skills:

1. Coaching Observer (limit = 10)

As a Coaching Observer, you will watch coaching sessions, taking notes and taking in new ideas and techniques. You will have opportunities to discuss your observations throughout the week with the coach, fellow participants, and CA-TA Program faculty.

2. Coaching Apprentice (limit = 12)

Coaching Apprentices will begin the week as an observer but quickly in the week will begin to participate in hands-on coaching assignments under the direction of the expert coach. The coach will develop an understanding of the Apprentice’s skill set and invite participation as appropriate. Compulsory educational courses such as Vocal Pedagogy and Principles of Coaching will supplement learning. Coaching Apprentices are also expected to make themselves available to serve as backstage crew and backstage guides for the on-stage performers (groups you have been involved with during the week) appearing on the Friday Night Show.

3. Teaching Assistant (limit = 4)

Teaching Assistants are a very select group of individuals that are preparing to become faculty at Harmony University and other education events. During their week, they will work closely with classroom faculty, observing and assisting as appropriate. Under the direction of their mentor teacher, Teaching Assistants may deliver part of one or more lesson during class time. Compulsory educational courses such as Vocal Pedagogy and Principles of Coaching will supplement learning.

Judging Category

While participation in more than one category is encouraged over time, Coaching Apprentices may suggest which Judging Category they prefer to follow and, where possible, will be assigned to a coach in that category. Apprentices are encouraged to supplement their learning with category-specific classes during HU.

Applications for 2020 will open in January

Sample Activities

Offerings for Apprentices, Coaches, and Observers

Theory of Coaching

Offers coaching ‘content’ such as basics of vocal production, understanding musical devices, and principles of performance. This should be a preparatory course for Principles of Coaching

Principles of Coaching

How to coach: behaviors of successful coaches including concise, positive language, body language, handling difficult situations. Assessing what to listen for. Including visits from expert BHS coaches.

Coaching Under Glass (Under Glass)

A practical lab where Coaching Apprentices try out techniques on a quartet in real time under guidance with constructive feedback.

Coaching Observation

Apprentices are observed in action during POD time in a pre-determined 15 min window. Constructive feedback offered.