Susan Eernisse is Editor of The Chorister, the journal for church musicians published by Choristers Guild. Susan is a graduate of Anderson (SC) University (A.F.A.), and Berry College (B.M. and M.Ed.). She completed Levels I, II, and III of Orff-Schulwerk Certification at Shorter University and the University of Kentucky. Susan taught elementary music in public and private schools for 20 years, and has also taught courses in music education at the college level. She began directing children’s choirs in churches as a high school senior, and has continued that ministry throughout her career. She currently serves as Children’s Music Coordinator at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, GA. Susan is a veteran writer and freelance editor of children’s music curriculum materials, including work for Growing in Grace Children’s Music Curriculum.
She is a respected children’s choir clinician, and has served on the faculties of children’s music camps and festivals for many years. Susan is married to Dr. Glenn Eernisse, Associate Pastor of Music and Worship at First Baptist. The Eernisses have 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters.
2015 Breakout Sessions
Spice It Up!
We will look at creative ways to teach musical/spiritual skills and concepts within the context of your anthem selections. We will feature some great anthems from the Choristers Guild Catalog.
Sing Me a Story
Let's use props, books, instruments, and puppets to present musical/spiritual concepts to preschoolers and younger children.
Exceptional Resources from Choristers Guild
Let's explore some of the great teaching resources available through Choristers Guild. Praise Takes Flight (Elementary Children), Songs for Small Singers (Preschoolers), the latest items from Growing in Grace, and other excellent resources will be highlighted.
Sing in a Circle
Want to build a community of learning in your preschool and younger children's choirs? We will explore the value of "circle time," and add some fun activities to your toolkit.
It's in the Bag!
Our focus will be small group learning, making lessons accessible for volunteer teachers of varying musical abilities.
Scriptures, Hymns, and Lots of M's
With constraints of limited time, how can we incorporate everything into your choir program? We will explore integrating music, missions, and ministry opportunities within your weekly program, and consider the model of team-based ministry.
Orff Without the Instruments
Don't have adequate Orff instruments for all your choirs? Come and learn to use basic Orff principles through speech, body percussion, and budget-friendly percussion instruments.
Choristers Guild Reading Session
Let's read through some fine new and best-selling anthems from Choristers Guild!
My Favorite Things
A veteran teacher/choir director shares some of her all-time favorite management tips, activities, songs, anthems, and more. Some of these may become your favorites, too.
Keep Them Coming Back
Training, enlisting, valuing, and retaining great volunteers can be challenging. Let's look at ways to support and retain our most valuable resource.