Carmen So is known for her ability to bring fun, energy and excitement into the music learning process. Ms. So is the founding director of Kikimasu, the upper elementary choir in the award-winning Kokopelli Choir Association that was featured at the national PODIUM conference in 2016. In her twelfth year with the Edmonton Public School Board, Carmen is currently the music specialist at Rutherford School. She attained her Orff certification and Master of Education degree from the University of Alberta. As a lifelong learner, Ms. So is always seeking out opportunities to learn and adores all things involving creative pedagogical practices in music education!
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The Lunch-Hour Choir: Tips and Tricks to Maximizing your Time
A 20-minute rehearsal?! As many have experienced, noon hour choir rehearsals are intensely short and the sheer time constraint is one of our greatest challenges as music educators.Ms. Carmen So and the Rutherford School Choir (an inclusive, un-auditioned grade 3-6 choir) will be presenting some tips and tricks to maximizing your time, including rehearsal techniques and how to approach teaching challenging repertoire in such a short amount of time. A list of tried, tested and true noon-hour-choir-friendly repertoire will also be offered.
The Choir that Moves You
Physical movement in choir rehearsal creates the perfect environment for whole body engagement, healthy exploration of vocal range and timbre, joy in creativity, and the embodiment of beat, rhythm and pitch relationships that support harmonic development. Experience movement in the warm-up process, transitions, as well as it how movement can support the development of choral sound through the learning of a choral work.