MUSIC EDUCATION & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
“Producing, practicing, and performing music through singing involves the senses, perception, creativity, and imagination - qualities basic to human development - the ability to think, to feel, to speak and to act.” - Dr. Doreen Rao, Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus Conductor Emerita
Could there be a better reason for having a children’s choir program? The Tulsa Children's Chorus is about more than just singing and musicianship. It is also about friendship, commitment, and most importantly, teamwork.
The Tulsa Children's Chorus offers an opportunity to learn great masterworks of choral literature from all style periods. The choir program is not limited to sacred music, but intentionally includes folk, spiritual, jazz, gospel, and contemporary works from our own American heritage, as well as works from many other counties and languages. The teaching of diverse musical styles not only enriches the knowledge and experience of the singers but also promotes understanding of other peoples and cultures.
Tulsa Children's Chorus provides a wonderful means of self-expression. Our children learn how to express a wide range of ideas and emotions described by composers, and perhaps begin to relate some of those thoughts and feeling to their own experiences. Universal truths as well as individual feelings are absorbed and enhanced through self-understanding and self-expression.
It instills discipline, with an emphasis on teamwork and achieving excellence. Our young singers work together toward a common goal, and achieving that goal in performance gives them a sense of pride in the success. As their skills increase, so does their self-confidence. Throughout their experience in the Tulsa Children's Chorus, the singers gain knowledge of basic music theory, improve their sight-reading skills and develop proper vocal techniques. Not only do the singers get to enjoy singing choral music, but they also become familiar with music history and diverse cultures. Thus, the choir program is also an educational experience.
Being a member of the Tulsa Children's Chorus also involves a great amount of commitment and perseverance. An effort to attend every performance to attend as many rehearsals as possible is crucial in order to succeed. Hard work definitely has its benefits, however. For many of the singers, the spring trip is the most anticipated event of the year. The spring trip serves as both a reward for the hard work mastered during the year, as well as an opportunity to experience diverse cultures in a “being there” experience. Past trips have taken our singers to New Orleans, Des Moines, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Indianapolis and New York City!
Lastly, a note on repertoire. It is vitally important that our children know their American heritage, as well as the traditions of many other cultures and customs. This is what the Tulsa Children's Chorus is all about. We definitely want our singers to experience all kinds and styles of music, taught through many different teaching perspectives. The Kodaly methodology is the basis of our choral musicianship education.