Planning engaging, intentional, musical rehearsals for your children's choir, week in and week out can be challenging.
From finding relevant, good-quality resources to choosing age-appropriate songs and anthems to preparing, introducing, and properly sequencing new musical concepts and skills throughout the year, the job can seem overwhelming at times.
Where do you find music and materials? How do you develop musicianship in young singers? What makes a rehearsal fun and productive?
Imagine if you could learn how to lead and teach creatively and confidently and had all the tools and resources you needed, right at your fingertips.
You'd spend more time enjoying rehearsals and watching your young singers learn and grow and less time feeling like you didn't get to everything you'd hoped. Your teaching time would more intentional and streamlined and you'd feel more confident in your leadership skills and ability to teach effectively.
Welcome to Directing a Church Children's Choir 101:
A 4-week online training course designed specifically for children's choir directors in church settings
Whether you're a full-time staff member or a dedicated volunteer, whether you have a music degree or not, whether you lead a small group of six singers on Wednesday nights or oversee a large graded choir program...
This course will equip you to lead, teach, and inspire your young singers and give you the practical skills and useful step-by-step processes you need to plan, direct, and teach on a weekly basis.
26 training videos divided up into four modules and released over the course of four weeks
Four comprehensive workbooks (40+ pages total) including charts, templates, and worksheets
Lifetime access to the course videos and materials
Weekly emails with notes about each module and information on the related project
Unlimited access to me via email to ask questions and get feedback as you work through each project
Access to a private community group on Facebook to network, ask questions, and share ideas and resources
Our Course Curriculum:
Module 1: Planning the Choir Year
We'll begin by talking about how to foster spiritual growth in children's choir: teaching children about church/worship, hymns and songs for children, prayers for choirs, devotional resources, and meaningful ways for children to participate in worship.
Then, I'll go over the details of planning the choir year, including monthly themes, memory verses, monthly hymns or songs, challenges, activities/projects, and outreach projects.
Module 2: Working with Children's Voices
We'll talk about the importance of vocal exploration, breath and movement, warm-ups, and tessitura/range, and I'll share a few ideas for adding in something fun/silly to keep children engaged.
I'll also go over the ins and outs of choosing music and what to look for in an anthem.
Module 3: Planning Rehearsals
Planning and being prepared for rehearsals is so important!
We'll review some score-study tips and tricks, ways to prepare/introduce new musical concepts, and my best rehearsal advice for pacing, sequencing, and fun (musical) games and activities.
Module 4: Preparing to Teach
We'll cover developing musicianship ("rote-to-note" and music-reading, phrasing, dynamics, musical form, rhythm), choral methods (breath, vowels, consonants, tone, blend, posture), vocal modeling, conducting and gestures, and using visual aids.
Plus, a few bonuses!
Module 1 - available immediately
Module 2 - available 7 days in Module 3 - available 14 days in
Module 4 - available 21 days in
Bonus Module - available 21 days in
See what others are saying about it...
"Take Ashley's course; it's chock full of great ways to engage and inspire your children's ensemble. My own attitude toward my kids' ensemble has changed from dread to excitement at the prospect of a fresh new method this year!"
"An awesome resource that will help you have an awesome year!"
"I loved this course - it helped me completely re-shape my vision for our parish chime choir and make it (hopefully) more fun, educational, engaging, and spiritual."
"Practical, well-organized, and helpful."
"The best part of the course was the ability to communicate quickly and effectively with the teacher via email. Ashley was very understanding and helpful in assisting me with adapting the course slightly to suit my own ensemble. The video presentations were clear and easy to understand, and lots of outside resources and ideas were provided to jumpstart the creative juices!"
"Very insightful, helpful, and full of awesome and excellent resources!"
"It was far above my expectations. I felt like we were taught every step we need to take to plan, prepare for and create a successful children's church choir."
"A good fundamental training for working with children's choirs . . . manageable, informative, flexible, and fun."
This course is taught exclusively online. Access the content 24/7, wherever you go, from any device.
How much time does it take to complete?
You can complete the course in as little as four weeks (one module per week). You'll have access to the first module immediately after signing up. Each module includes roughly 45 minutes of video and a corresponding project for you to work through on your own. I recommend setting aside a few hours each week.
That being said, the course is completely self-paced, so start whenever you're ready, set a schedule that works for you, and learn at your own pace.
What is your refund policy?
If your situation changes after you purchase this course and you are no longer able to take it, please email me within 5 days of purchase for a 75% refund. After this point, all course registrations are non-refundable.
What if I have other questions?
Please feel free to reach out to me directly at email@example.com. I'd be happy to answer your questions!
Online courses + workshops for church musicians and music educators
Ashley Danyew is a church musician, music educator, writer, and creative entrepreneur based in Rochester, NY.