Choral Connections: Enhancing Ensemble Experiences


By Marci Major and Hannah Knauss

(146 pages PLUS over 100 pages of editable materials)

This is an eBook for digital download. 

Do you wonder how best to blend in-person and online learning? Are you looking for ways to keep your ensemble members connected and engaged for this upcoming year? Packed with projects to connect and engage you and your students more to each other, music, and the world, this book will empower students to be in a growth mindset in and beyond the rehearsal setting. Even though we focus on the choral setting, directors of all ensemble types will find valuable information in this 140 page book. By purchasing this book, you’ll also receive over 100 pages in supplemental material including editable worksheets, assessments, and student examples!


Created to help teachers adjust their ensemble practices in light of COVID-19 social isolation, the contents of this book prove useful for ensemble directors in varying situations such as blending in-person and online learning, creating substitute lesson plans, planning for snow day activities, and envisioning extra assessments for reading and writing across the curriculum. With a philosophy of expanding typical ensemble curricula to engage students on a deeper level, we believe the units in this book can help educators reflect and reinvent topics that will empower students to be in a growth mindset beyond rehearsal and connect students to the music they perform, each other, and the world. This book provides many options to help teachers brainstorm ways to meet the unique needs of their ensembles and classes. Whether you choose to explore one or all of the units, we hope that you and your ensemble members can become connected in new and exciting ways.


Hannah Knauss

Marci Major

About the Authors

Dr. Marci Major serves as Chair and Associate Professor of Music Education at West Chester University, PA, and directs the Bel Canto ensemble with the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus. As an active researcher, Dr. Major’s primary research interests encompass the economics of music education in today’s public schools, and choral music in the middle levels.

Hannah Knauss is the choral director at Interboro High School. She received a B.M. in Music Education from West Chester University and her M.Ed in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Cabrini University. At Interboro, she teaches piano, theory, and choral classes. She also directs the theater program. Hannah was selected as the recipient of the 2017 PMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator Award. She currently serves as the PMEA District 12 Secretary and Treasurer. Outside of teaching, Hannah has conducted and performed with community choirs in the Philadelphia area.


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