Richard Sparks: Books Worth Your Time

RICHARD SPARKS will have some books worth your time, starting with Classroom Management in the Music Room — “Pin-Drop Quiet” Classes and Rehearsals, by David Newell.  “David Newell’s book has a well-thought-out and disciplined approach (requiring discipline from you as well as your students), stressing a minimum of rules or expectations with only two options: the singer is either in the “rules” box or the “consequences” box. Newell is a band director, but all of his ideas can be adapted for choirs. He’s writing for the secondary level, but these are universal approaches which can be adapted to children’s choirs, adult choirs, non-auditioned choirs or high-level choirs.”

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