Practicing outside of choir rehearsal time is a responsibility of all choir members. If you do not read music well, you may find it helpful to listen to your music as you practice. This page is designed to help connect you with the tools to help you practice outside of class.
If the piece you are practicing is available on YouTube, it is likely that it can be found on the choir YouTube playlist. This option is great because you will hear live choirs singing the pieces you are learning. The disadvantages are that you cannot control the tempo nor can you boost your own individual part so that you can hear it more clearly.
Every piece that you will be performing has its own repertoire page. This page provides background about the piece, word for word translations, pronunciation guides and links to recordings of the piece if recordings are available. It is the links to the recordings that you might find most helpful. Repertoire pages.
You can download practice files in several different formats from this page. Which file type you decide to use depends on a variety of factors, explained below.
MIDI files may be played on any media player such as Quicktime, Windows Media Player or iTunes or even directly in your browser window. They can also be imported into music notation programs such as Finale or the free Finale Notepad so that you can see as well as hear your music. Finale is available on a variety of school computers. The fact that they can be played with such a wide variety of media players makes them very useful. You can find individual files below.
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MusicXML files are music notation files that can both print music notation and playback. The format is designed to be open so that notation files can be shared between a variety of different programs. Much as Word files can be opened by Google Drive, Pages and other word processing programs, MusicXML files (known by the extension .musx) can be opened by different notation programs such as Finale, Finale Notepad, Sibelius, and Noteflight.
While MusicXML files cannot be used in a traditional music player, they are great in music notation programs, because unlike MIDI files, they can show things such as lyrics and expressive markings – in other words, they look more like a real score and carry more information. For directions on how you can use the MusicXML files with the free Finale Notepad, click here.
Note: I have xml files available for students who request them. Just send me an email – I haven’t had much call for them lately. It will come to you in the form of a zip file.
Problems with the midi files? Troubleshooting guide.