WELCOME TO THE NEXTEP
YOUR HOME FOR RUNNING
A WORLD-CLASS SINGING ENSEMBLE
Two guys who both love singing — Ray Miller (a barbershopper) and Pete Mickelson (a chorister) met one day in 1996. Pete (the engineer) and Ray (the psychologist) started talking about Ray’s favorite subject: “What is Harmony?”
In no time, they were looking at what it takes to create beautiful choral (multi-voice) singing. First, they recognized the need to hear yourself while you sing, so you can take ownership of your own problems. They invented HearFones® (see <www.hearfones.com>) and got sucked into the incredible world of speech-language pathology and voice research, where they were welcomed into the nicest professional family in the whole wide world.
After hosting a seminar on “Science Looks at Singing” for a music educators’ conference, they realized the crying need for a meetingplace where all those piano-trained music teachers who might find themselves leading middle school and church choirs can share practical, field-proven tips on what works . . . and why . . . with a chorus. For Ray, this was the culmination of a personal quest.
Thus was born the NEXTEP CHORALGUIDE — a three-ring binder filled with nuts-and-bolts information, street-level scientific explanations and other stuff that’s worth knowing. The book costs just $30 (see below) and it’s taking the world by storm. But as a living work-in-progress, it needs this central clearinghouse for updates, discussion and worldwide input.
One section of the CHORALGUIDE is yours for free: the "Science Looks at Singing" seminar handout is available here online at <www.choralguide.net/SLAS07.pdf>
Make yourself a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and . . . let's talk
We’d like you to think for a moment about singing. What is it? What does it mean to you? Why is it fun? What makes it “good” or “bad?” What’s your role in it? What’s your own personal experience — today, and leading up to today? What would you like to do?
One of the very best things about the CHORALGUIDE is not only its easy-to-use workshop-style format, but that you’re encouraged to loan it out to each of your singers to take home and read. They’ll absorb what it tells them about better singing in many ways that they’ll understand.
This should get your mind set for how we’re going to look at things.
Don’t be shy! Send us an e-mail and let us know what you think, and what might help you the most, and . . . well . . . almost anything that comes to mind. And be sure to buy a copy below, from our a-cappella friends at Virtual Voices.
OUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS: firstname.lastname@example.org
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OR WHILE YOU'RE SHOPPING AT GAMBLE MUSIC