Jane, Do Be Careful

13 performance rounds for young partnered voices
by  Brian Kogler

The round is the first tool of any music teacher wishing to develop in children an ability to listen to others while holding an independent line. Rounds also build cohesion among singers, providing opportunities to improve ensemble, sight-reading, articulation and breathing. Here are thirteen original rounds of varying difficulty for Youth Choir: while intended for maturing treble voices, they may of course be sung by mixed groups of all ages. The vocal ostinati add richness to the texture.

Three or more rounds may be programmed as a set for performance. The collection explains the concept of “partnered voices” and offers notes on the teaching of rounds to children.

Over 100 of Brian Kogler’s rounds are now accessible on YouTube. Scores are available for free on request. Please contact: bkogler [at] bigpond [dot] com

SKU: BKR-003 Categories: , , , , Instrumentation:
Voicing: Equal Voices, SSAA
Instrumentation: A Cappella
Language: English
Sacred or Secular: Secular
Difficulty: Beginners, Intermediate
Descriptive Tags: Children, Fun, Humorous, Light, Silly

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Equal Voices
SSAA
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English
Latin
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BKR-008
Equal Voices
SSAA
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English
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GTT-031
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SSA
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English
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GTT-006
SA
Unison
4'35"
English
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SATB
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English
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SSA
2'30"
English
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