The Giving Voice Toolkit
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In the Giving Voice Toolkit we answer these questions:
- Who should host a Giving Voice Chorus?
- What’s involved in planning a chorus?
- What’s special about the Giving Voice experience?
- What’s involved in operating a chorus?
- How much will it cost and who will pay for it?
Our Toolkit is based on real-life experiences. You can access and use the Toolkit at no charge.
We’re in a rural area. How should we go about finding a music director?
Check with churches, schools, community centers, and performing arts organizations in your area for leads on potential candidates. Also check the website of your state’s chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
What qualifications do we need to look for in a music director?
Our Start a Giving Voice Chorus Toolkit provides information about music director qualifications. The music director must have a solid understanding and commitment to the Giving Voice Chorus principles outlined in the Toolkit and an understanding of dementia and its varied effects on behavior and communication. He or she should have technical skills similar to those of any other choral director, but also a willingness to adapt his or her techniques and style to suit the needs of the chorus. Additional “soft” skills will make the music director more effective: patience, openness to new ideas, a sense of humor, ability to establish a rapport with the singers and also to challenge them without overwhelming them.
As we consider how we want to implement and adapt the GVI toolkit, are there any restrictions on its use that we should know about?
We are providing the Toolkit information and recommendations so others can learn from the experience and successes of the first Giving Voice choruses. Some practices may not be right for your particular community, or you might have a better idea that you try. If you do, please let us know so others can benefit from your experience!
If we start a chorus, are we expected to “join” GVI or be associated with it in some way?
GVI has no membership program and does not collect dues or membership fees of any kind. We hope you will let us know if you are planning a dementia-friendly chorus and will freely share your ideas with us and others.