Morgan Valley Voices is a non-profit music organization that teaches children of all ages to use the one instrument they always have with them, their voice. Singers ages 5 and up are taught music theory and principles through games and songs using the methods of Zoltán Kodály.
The young musicians are divided into seven different musical grades and go through a progressive program each year learning new skills that build upon each other. Heidi Farmer does not simply teach children how to sing a song, she teaches them the foundational skills needed to create music. With those skills, they can learn to sing just about anything. Those same skills will also help them with any other type of instrument or musical program they wish to pursue. The classes are so engaging that often the children are having so much fun they don’t realize they are actually learning.
Morgan Valley Voices was started by Heidi Farmer who has been singing as long as she can remember. She started the groups because there was nothing like it in the valley and she wanted her children to be able to experience as much, or more music than she did growing up. Farmer emphasized, “Music is not talent dependent, but a universal human capacity. Music is for everyone and everyone can and should learn how to enjoy it as well as create it on their own!”
Groups meet weekly through the winter and spring season, generally winter season begins around the start of the Morgan County School District school year and ends the first part of December. Spring season begins in January and ends in April or May. However, this coming winter will be a little different as Farmer will have a brand new baby to take care of in September. She will be taking a few months off, but plans to continue to teach these groups for a very long time.
At the end of each season there is either a concert or a show case for all of the ensembles to show what they have learned during the season. Each group showcases the music and/or concepts they have learned throughout the season. The children’s choir concert is always free and open to the public. Due to limited amount of space, the showcases are only for families of students in the group classes.
If you would like to learn more about Morgan Valley Voices, please visit morganvalleyvoices.blogspot.com.