Singing with children’s choirs – the wirth method – Gerald Wirth

workshop (90-150 min.)
conducting - teaching
Thursday 14.00 hrs

Gerald Wirth is well-known for his work with the Vienna Boys Choir, where he even used to sing himself. Over the years, he developed his own method of music pedagogy. In this workshop, Gerald introduces you to the wirth method, which is specifically based on choral singing. Join this workshop to explore how to grab and keep the attention of young singers during rehearsal, involving the entire body for voice training and music theory.

Because music involves all senses, the wirth method incorporates a musical, emotional, and expressive approach to every detail of traditional methodology and didactics. We feel the music. Especially when leading children’s choirs, it is important to make a physical connection between sound and music theory. The wirth method trains the music pedagogue to integrate each child, in a manner that respects their personalities within a group setting, while also offering differentiated instruction to address the different styles of learning.

About the session leader

Gerald Wirth

Gerald Wirth

Gerald Wirth (Austria) received his first musical training as a member of the Vienna Boys Choir and at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria, where he studied voice, oboe and piano. He also composes and has written three children’s operas, several large oratorios, masses, motets, and songs. Gerald has been connected to the Vienna Boys Choir as artistic director and later president since 2001.

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