The Boston Children’s Chorus is committed to providing the youth of Greater Boston and beyond an opportunity to experience the transformative power of music. Consequently, we offer ensembles at a variety of times, locations, and skill levels. BCC has 13 different choirs at 4 different skill levels, rehearsing at 5 different sites throughout the city.
About Our Curriculum
The Boston Children's Chorus has a specialized learning environment designed to provide a rich and rewarding musical experience for each child. Masterpieces of music from all styles and periods form the foundation for musical learning and serve as the basis for the curriculum. We believe that "children should be led to musical masterpieces by means of musical masterpieces" (Zoltan Kodály). The Boston Children's Chorus repertoire celebrates the music of many different and diverse cultures including, but not limited to, folk, popular, gospel, spirituals, classical, art song, and patriotic music. Many different languages are studied and performed through the music, and musical pieces will range from a cappella, unison selections to choral works utilizing complex harmonies.
Singing is the major focus of the musical experience in the Boston Children's Chorus. Singing is a powerfully personal means of musical expression. We hope this experience will form the foundation of a life‐long, positive relationship with music for the singers and their families.
The singers are taught the use of their vocal instruments through exercises, posture, breathing and tone production. The essence of musical experience is based on pitch and movement as it is "felt" and heard. Because the body is the instrument in singing, musical relationships are internally experienced and are likely to be "felt" and heard by the singers. The Boston Children's Chorus believes that through singing, young singers can experience the "inner life" of the music in a way that transcends the surface of notation and words. Singing is a way of "touching" the music and a way of being "touched" by the music.
We teach our singers a range of vocal, movement and music literacy skills that include music reading, theory, history and foreign languages. Concepts about music (melody, rhythm, harmony, and musical terminology) and musical skills (singing, sight reading, ear training, and dictation) are taught and reinforced during rehearsals. Solfege hand signs, tuning forks, and movement, among other techniques, are often utilized in our music education curriculum, and are taught through listening, singing, reading, writing, and analysis.
Although music is the core of BCC programs, we also have developmental goals that are explored with the singers. Through music education and performing, BCC singers learn important lessons of hard work, discipline, leadership, teamwork, poise, presentation, and communication. These traits focus on three pillars that all BCC singers learn as they grow through involvement our community and the world around them – respect, responsibility, and a love of learning.