Adult Community Choruses

Susan Avery

in The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy

Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780199373369
Published online March 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199373383 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Adult Community Choruses

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When considering teaching and conducting diverse populations in community choirs, one must begin with discussions of the phenomenon itself: a description of the term, a brief history of adult singing ensembles in the United States, and an exploration into the many types of community choirs and issues such as age, gender, exclusivity, purpose, and goals. Examined research on these issues is organized into large topics such as adult learning theories (music literacy and learning styles) and adult physiological concerns (untrained adult singers’ vocal mechanisms and aging voice issues). Personal identity growth or creation as individual musicians must be taken into account, as well as social implications of ensemble identity (among group members and by external community members). Finally motivation for joining and remaining in community choirs will be part of this chapter. That necessary phenomenon is examined through lenses such as choral repertoire preference, social needs, and personal goals fulfillment.

Keywords: adult singers; diverse populations; community choruses; adult music learning; choral repertoire

Article.  7870 words. 

Subjects: Music Education and Pedagogy

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