The focus of CCW’s artistic staff is on developing young voices in a cooperative choral setting. CCW’s Artistic Director, Margaret Clark is a talented choral music educator with a rich breadth of experience. She and CCW’s entire artistic staff are eager to share their knowledge and skills with music teachers in the DC Community, many of whom may not have the choral training needed to launch and/or build a choral program. CCW’s wide array of warm-ups, vocal exercises, ensemble building exercises and repertoire allows Ms. Clark to create a workshop curriculum for music teachers that they can take back to their classes and further individualize to their students.

Children’s Chorus of Washington has presented three choral teacher workshops for DC area music teachers in the past five years. These workshops helped music teachers enhance their choral instruction by covering topics suggested by teachers themselves. The workshops were presented by CCW’s award-winning music faculty along with demonstrations by CCW’s choral ensembles.

I was so impressed with the organization, attention, and planning that went into making it a robust and worthwhile professional development opportunity.
— Teacher Workshop participant

Workshop topics include:

  • Warm-up methods for your students

  • Age-appropriate musical games

  • How to modify vowel sounds to produce choral blend

  • How to choose the best repertoire for your students

  • How to analyze repertoire to discover the most efficient pedagogical approach (rhythmic/melodic/harmonic challenge, etc)

  • How to approach young men’s changing/changed voices (techniques to support healthy growth of the instrument and build confidence in their new vocal range)

  • Choral Conducting Techniques

  • A reading session during which you can explore songs of different genres (provided by CCW) and consult Margaret Nomura Clark on repertoire ideas specific to the teacher’s school/class.