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General music education began as a singing-based endeavor intended to improve singing in society. It later shifted toward an enterprise predicated on choral performance, particularly at secondary levels. The emphasis on choral performance in schools is problematic because it has pushed a large majority of students away from musical activity in school. At the same time, however, high standards of choral performance quality must continue. The question is not “who sings in our choirs?,” but “who no longer sings at all?.” This article is purposed to begin a discussion about an approach to group vocal instruction wherein singing reclaims its rightful place in music education.


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Freer, P. K. (2016). Reclaiming Group Vocal Instruction. Canadian Music Educator, 57(2), 42-48.

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