Getting Out of the Rut
Ideas for Introducing a New Song to Developing Singers
and Reading Session
Saturday, November 23, 2019
9 AM - 1 PM
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Presenter: Tom T. Shelton
We all have our individual teaching styles when introducing new music. Sometimes we lose our creativity, fall into a "rut", and introduce new songs the same way every time. This session will explore creative ways to introduce a new song to developing singers; focusing on multiple learning styles (aural, visual, kinesthetic) and incorporating musical literacy. Each participant will receive a packet of 6 songs appropriate for developing voices in school, community, and church settings. Each piece will be introduced in a different way, using warm-ups, sight-reading exercises, games and movement activities.
Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he coordinates and conducts the Neighborhood Children’s Choir Program. In addition, he is the Director of Music for Children’s and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church and conducts two ensembles with the Princeton Girlchoir Organization.
Prior to teaching at Westminster, Mr. Shelton taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (North Carolina) for eighteen years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year three times while teaching at Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award.
Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs in 21 states as well as Hong Kong. He is the Series Director for the Music for Young Voices Series with GIA Publications and has over 50 compositions published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, G. Schirmer, Galaxy, GIA Publications, Growing in Grace Curriculum, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Musicspoke.com, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music. Mr. Shelton currently serves as the National Past President for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).