Home School Heartbeat Radio Program
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How can your child benefit from joining a choir? What if they don’t have any outstanding musical ability? On this week’s edition of Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris considers these questions with Dr. Steve McCollum as well as two homeschool moms who helped found homeschool choirs.
Dr. Steven McCollum
Dr. McCollum has been active as a music educator for nearly 20 years, teaching students of all ages. He received a B.M.Ed from Biola University and his MM and DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. McCollum is the Director of Music at Patrick Henry College, where he oversees the curriculum development of the college’s music program and adjunct music faculty, directs the PHC Chorale, teaches, and provides leadership for the Patrick Henry College Youth Music Academy, a consortium of ensembles which serve as a teaching lab for the college’s Music Track majors.
After beginning to home educate her children midstream in their education, new doors opened for Mitzi Coffman. Though music was not her area of college study, her delight in music was the springboard to coordinating the Deo Gratias Homeschool Choirs. Complementing a skilled director, she’s worked to develop & enrich the traditional choir program for homeschool students in Lincoln, Nebraska, for ten years.
Kati Rosten, Director of XL Choirs of Northern California, has a BA in music. She has had many years of experience in all areas of church music as well as music education and private lessons. Kati was the accompanist and assistant to the director for XL Choir for 10 years prior to becoming director in 1998. The program is now able to offer four choirs. In addition to her involvement in music, she was an integral part of her husband’s corporation and is the mother of four homeschooled children who all have successful careers.