Susanna Saw
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Effective Choir Rehearsal Planning (for Children’s Choir) (Recordings)

SG $80.00SG $150.00

This course will help choir teachers adapt Kodály teaching ideas in their choir rehearsals. The sessions allow participants have a better understanding on how to design fun and effective warm-up sessions; how to draw out musical elements from the repertoire and transfer them into musicianship practices; and how to construct all teaching concepts into one effective rehearsal.

Sessions Topics Assignments
Session 1:

3rd March

1.      Understanding the purpose of vocal warm-ups

2.      Musicianship exercises

3.      Different settings of children’s choir

Session 2:

10th March

1.      Warm-up exercises (Stage 1)

2.      Musicianship exercises

3.      Repertoire selection

Session 3:

17th March

1.      Warm-up exercises (Stage 2)

2.      Group Discussion: derive musical elements from choral pieces for musicianship teaching

3.      Analysis of choral pieces

Group Work: Plan a musicianship teaching session
Session 4:

24th March

1.      Practicum: Musicianship Teaching

2.      Analysis of choral pieces

3.      Warm-up exercises (Stage 3)

Session 5:

31st March

1.      Rehearsal planning (a 10-week plan)

2.      Musicianship exercises

Design a rehearsal plan for a 10-week course
Session 6:

7th April

1.      Presentation: to present the 10-week rehearsal plan

2.      Q&A Session

Susanna Saw is an active music educator promoting music and choral education in Malaysia. She obtained her Master in Music Education (Choral Focus) from Westminster Choir College, U.S.A. She is currently a Lecturer and Choir Director at the Faculty of Music at University of Malaya (UM) and the Malaysian Institute of Art (M.I.A.)

In 2007, Susanna established the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about vocal and choral education. She was instrumental in bringing the Kodály Teachers’ Training Course to Malaysia to improve local standards of classroom music teaching.

From 2007 on, Susanna has been regularly invited by the Interkultur Foundation, Germany, to be a member of the Jury for the Asia Pacific and World Choir Games. She is also the Vice-President for the International Kodály Society and the Malaysian Association for Music Education.

Participants will learn about constructing lesson plans, with the inclusion of some practicum components. There will be short assignments and musicianship exercises.


Yes, they will be made available for participants until 6 months after the completion of each course.

E-certificates will be issued on course completion to Active Participants.

Active Participants will be involved in class participation: interacting with course instructors, receiving feedback on class assignments/submissions, and they will have playing opportunities in class etc. Observers will be observing these segments of the class.

Active Participants will receive an E-certificate of participation, and Observers will receive a certificate of attendance.

5 days before the course commences.

Yes, simply get your friends together and send us an email to request for a second round of the course! If we receive sufficient signups we will repeat the course.

We do not conduct make-up classes. Learners who miss a session can catch up on the class content by watching the session recording thereafter. If there are any class assignments, learners are to contact the instructor directly.

We at the Academy do our utmost to make courses proceed as planned. However, there are times when unforeseen circumstances force a class to be cancelled. When this happens, we are committed to refunding the total amount, in an efficient manner, including any costs of using third-party payment gateways.

Should a participant need to cancel, we will make efforts to accommodate refunds, though costs of using third-party payment gateways will be borne by the participant.

Late cancellations may not be able to be refunded, as they will have been factored into the confirmation of running the course. We will provide a full refund for cancellations up to 2 weeks before the start of a course, following this a 50% refund with up to 1 week of notice. Notifications of fewer than 7 days will most likely not be eligible for a refund. We thank you for your understanding.