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Copperview Children's Choir Winter 2012

What is Copperview Children's Choir?

Copperview Children’s Choir allows preschool and elementary-aged children to explore a variety of music in a fun and supportive environment, while gaining vocal training and music theory instruction. Weekly classes are offered for the following groups: Music Tots (age newborn to 36 months), a Mom & Me class exploring sound, rhythm, and music games; Little Explorers (age 3 to 5), introduces toddlers to music making, in-tune singing, and keeping a steady beat; Vocal Motion (age 5 to 10), gives young children performance experience and introduces harmony, solfege, and reading music; Young Performers (age 8 to 12) is an audition choir focusing on choral technique, performance skills, and further developing vocal ability.
Copperview Children’s Choir not only provides a first-rate music education, but allows children to experiment with creating music on their own terms. This creativity builds self-confidence, as well as a lifelong love of music.

Why Choose CCC for your Child's Music Education?

Fun and interactive music instruction with age-specific activities. Each class includes:

*Vocal instruction with repertoire for performance
*Rhythm practice
*Music & Movement activities
*Instrument exploration and instruction
*Music appreciation: music styles, cultures, composers, etc.
*Kodály-based pedagogy (learn more below)
*Music theory and music reading
*Fun games to apply what we’ve learned

Kids on Broadway Registration Open!

Copperview Children's Choir invites you to join us for another fantastic season of Kids on Broadway musical theater camp! In Kids on Broadway, classes of 10 students, ages 6-12, make up the cast of a Broadway musical. Each student has a solo speaking and singing part, as well as participating in group musical numbers. The condensed shows feature four or five favorite songs from the original, with brief spoken lines between each musical number. The casts from all three shows join together to do an opening and closing number. The plays use costumes, basic props and some scenery.
In class, students learn singing and acting skills from experienced and qualified directors. In addition to a curriculum introducing students to the theater, basic acting and musical theater-style singing, and Broadway theater history, students will learn musical numbers, blocking, choreography, and lines.
The camp will be Monday, July 14 through Saturday, July, 19, 2014. The following class times are available: (sign up for the show your child wants to be in)

Mary Poppins

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

The Sound of Music

Monday-Friday, 12:30-3:30 PM


Monday-Friday, 4:00-7:00 PM

On Saturday, July 19 there will be a three hour dress rehearsal in the morning (9-12), and the show will be that night at 7:00 PM. The performance is held at the Riverton Performing Arts Center (adjacent to the city offices), which is a full theater with curtains, wings, dressing rooms, etc.
The cost of the program is $100 for early registration and $120 for late registration. This includes a costume fee, snacks each day, and a Kids on Broadway t-shirt to keep. There is no recital/performance fee, and admission to the performance is free. An edited DVD of the show can be purchased for an additional $15 for your child's show only, or $20 for the entire show.
If your child loves to sing, dance and perform, give them the opportunity to shine in Kids on Broadway! Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early to get the show you want! Receive a $20 discount if you register between now and May 1! Tuition price increases to $120 after May 1, and registration closes June 15 or when classes are filled. Follow the instructions below to register now!

How Do I Register for Kids on Broadway?

To reserve your child's spot for Kids on Broadway, you must submit a registration form and pay for tuition. Just follow the steps below:
1. Open the Registration form in Word or PDF by clicking on one of the links below:
Registration Form Word
Registration Form PDF
2. Print it off and fill it out by hand, or download it and fill it out on your computer and save as a Word or PDF document. (Note: The PDF file is a fillable PDF, but you MUST download it and open it in your computer in order to fill in the form).
3. Download the Kids on Broadway Policies by clicking on one of the links below, and read it entirely. By signing the registration form you agree to the conditions set forth in the Kids on Broadway Policies.
Policy Sheet Word
Policy Sheet PDF
4. Deliver registration form and payment to Danielle Poulter in one of three ways:
           Payment Option One: Hand deliver registration form and cash to 11926 Mother Lode Ct. Herriman, UT
           Payment Option Two: Mail check and registration form to Kids on Broadway, 11926 Mother Lode Ct. Herriman,UT 84096
           Payment Option Three: Pay online through PayPal at by clicking on the Pay Now button on the left and selecting your payment option. E-mail registration form to
5. Receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours from If not, please call 801-230-2400 to check your registration status.

Register Early to Ensure Your Spot!

Important Dates Spring 2014

January 22-23, 2014--Spring Semester Open House, payment due
February 12--Second month's payment due
March 12--Third month's payment due
March 15--Registration opens for Kids on Broadway
April 9--Fourth month's payment due
April 16-17--Regular classes, despite Jordan School District Spring Break April 18.
Saturday, April 26--Preview concert at Legacy Retirement Center
Saturday, May 3--Friends and Family Spring Concert, Riverton Music, Sandy, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8--Last day of Spring Semester, Summer Break.
July 14-19--Kids on Broadway Summer Musical Theater Camp

Christmas Concert 2013 Video


Click on the link below to access individual clips of all of our songs from our Christmas Concert.

Also, Linda Rowley, a parent of one of our students, has posted some pictures from the concerts on our Facebook page. I'm sorry I forgot to get a group photo after the concert. One too many things to think about! Here is the link:
Feel free to upload any photos of your own!

How Do I Register for Copperview Children's Choir?

Please review class dates and times in the post below before registering.

Registration is simple!
1) Download the registration form from the following link
2) Download a copy of the policy sheet for your records from the following link and read it
3) Fill out the registration form in Word and e-mail it to as an e-mail attachment or print it, fill it out, e-mail as a PDF, or mail or deliver to 11926 Mother Lode Ct. Herriman, UT 84096.
4) Pay for the first month or for the semester online through PayPal or mail a check to 11926 Mother Lode Ct. Herriman, UT 84096.
5) You will receive a confirmation e-mail of your child's registration once registration form and payment have been received.
1) Send an e-mail to with the following information:
-Child's name, age, birthday, and grade in school
-Which class you're registering for
-Description of child's previous music experience
-Parent's name, mailing address, phone number (cell and/or home), and e-mail address that you check frequently
-Whether you will be paying on a monthly basis or for the entire semester
Complete steps 2, 4, and 5 as above.

Kids on Broadway 2013

We had a great summer program! Thanks to all the kids who participated and the parents who supported them! Below is a group photo and cast photos. Here are links to video of the performances. Just click on the link and the video clip will open. You can download the videos from there. These links will be active until our Christmas Concert in December.

Another Openin
Lion King
Little People

 Kids on Broadway 2013
 The cast of Annie
 The cast of Lion King
The cast of Seussical

Class Times and Descriptions

Music Tots: Mommy & Me ages 0-3 (Wednesdays or Thursdays 10:15-11:00 AM, $7/class)
Babies and toddlers explore music with a parent by learning action songs, moving to music, and experimenting with rhythm and instruments through music games and free play.
Music Tots lays the foundation for your child’s music education by teaching listening skills, keeping a steady beat, and recognizing changes in tone. Babies and toddlers delight in discovering music together with their mom or dad, and parents learn songs and skills they can put to use at home to further improve their child’s musicality and bolster confidence.
This is the perfect age to begin your child’s music education, as pathways are being formed in the developing brain that will last a lifetime.
Music Tots classes are paid for on a per-class basis, using a punch pass. Your first class is free. Thereafter, you must purchase a pass with a minimum of eight punches. Each class is $7, making it $28/month or $56 for an eight-punch pass. You can attend any class of Music Tots at any time, however, all classes in any given week will use the same material. Classes are offered year-round. Punches never expire and can be used for any preschool-aged child. Babies 12 months or younger may attend for free with an older sibling. Siblings 1 year or older must both use a punch (i.e., two children would mean two punches for each class) however, your second punch pass is half price.

Little Explorers: Preschool ages 3-5 (Wednesdays 4:30-5:20 PM, $30/month)
Youngsters investigate the exciting world of music through fun songs, instrument play, and experiencing music from different genres and cultures.
Preschoolers are capable of learning rhythms and music reading. Little Explorers introduces these concepts in a way that is simple and intuitive for young children to understand. In addition to beginning music theory, Little Explorers learn essential skills such as singing in tune, keeping a steady beat at different tempos, taking turns, and following directions. This class is geared toward preschoolers’ capabilities by mixing action, music making, and musical games with focused instruction and group singing.
Vocal Motion: Beginning choir ages 5-10 (Wednesday 5:30-6:30 or Thursday 4:30-5:30 PM)
This introductory children’s choir builds on basic skills such as rhythm and in-tune singing, while giving young children performance opportunity and building self-confidence.
Vocal Motion introduces basic music theory, harmony, solfege, and reading music. Children are also taught to appreciate music through active listening and explore new sounds and approaches to music.
Through preparing repertoire for performance and solo parts, members of Vocal Motion are instructed in correct vocal technique and develop confidence in their own singing, all while having fun making music.
Vocal Motion is geared toward children who are enthusiastic about music, but who have little or no training for voice or instrument.

Young Performers: Audition choir ages 8-12 (Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM)
In Young Performers, older children enhance essential music skills through choral and solo singing.
Children will be instructed in more advanced music theory, performance skills, choral technique, and will further develop their individual vocal ability, in addition to music appreciation curriculum and music games.
Young Performers requires a private audition to determine basic musical competence and ability to follow direction. Children age 8-10 who don’t have prior music experience must complete one semester of Vocal Motion before being eligible for Young Performers.


Directions to 11926 S. Mother Lode Ct. (4800 W.)

From 11800 S.
Turn south on Ticaboo Mine Rd. (Just west of the LDS Chapel). There is a sign that says “Copper Creek Estates.”
Turn left where the road Ts, onto Emma Mine Dr.
Follow this road as it curves around. You will see Mother Lode Ct. on your right.

From 12600 S.
Turn north on 4570 W (Legacy Ranch Blvd.) by the Maverick gas station.
Take a right at the roundabout (Copper Lane)
Take your first left (Flintlock Rd.)
Take the immediate left (in front of a small park) on Midas Quarry Rd.
When the road Ts, turn right on Midas Gold Rd.
Stay on this road as it curves around. Turn right on Midas Vista Rd.
Turn left on Emma Mine Dr.
Take your immediate right on Mother Lode Ct.

In the below map. Point B is 11926 Mother Lode Ct.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best age to begin my child’s music education?
The younger, the better! Music is a language, and age 5 and younger is when the brain is doing its most rapid growth in making sense of language. Studies show that “perfect pitch” is actually developed from music exposure at a young age, rather than an in-born ability. But it’s never too late to begin!

What makes CCC unique?
Copperview Children’s Choir has a unique blend of vocal instruction and performance preparation with music appreciation and theory instruction. Many music classes are all play and no substance, while other children’s choirs spend 100% of the time on material for performance with no focused instruction. CCC makes music fun and intuitive, while teaching concepts that are the perfect foundation for rapid progress in future private music lessons.

What about private voice lessons or piano?
Studies show that children learn better in a group setting. The joy of making music is enhanced (and much of the pressure removed) when it’s done with a group. Private voice or piano lessons average around $15 per 30-minute lesson. That’s $60/month for 2 hours of instruction. At CCC you get twice the instruction for half the cost. When children are ready for private lessons (age 12 and older for voice; younger for piano), they will make rapid progress since they can already read music and have a well-developed musical ear.

What is your teaching philosophy?
I am a member of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. The Kodaly philosophy is similar to the Sazuki method, except there is a more equal balance between music reading and playing/singing by ear, and it asserts that the voice should be the first instrument. I use rhythm language and solfege syllables as a pathway to music reading. I also strongly believe in the inherent joy of music, and I use positive reinforcement to ensure that children are confident in making their own sound. (See , and the post "What is the Kodaly Method?" below).

What is the long-term benefit of music education?
Music isn’t just another extra-curricular activity. Even if you never intend for your child to take private lessons or learn an instrument, music is all around us. How many adults wish they could sing with more confidence? Proficiency in music will serve your child for the rest of his life. Weekly music lessons have also been shown to improve reading and math skills, raise test scores, and improve self-confidence. (See the post "Early Music Training Boosts Brainpower", below).

My child loves to be in the spotlight. Is CCC right for them?
At CCC each child has a solo opportunity in every class. This is done in a no-pressure, playful way, but gives every child a moment to shine (and for the instructor to evaluate their progress). Each student will have a vocal solo at the end-of-semester concert. In addition, CCC’s summer workshop “Kids on Broadway!” incorporates acting, theater direction, and choreography with vocal performance.

Why are classes held in your home, instead of in a studio?
The choir room in my home, where classes are held, is spacious and provides room for seated instruction as well as games and movement activities in the open floor area. Additionally, my home is conveniently located between Herriman, Riverton, and South Jordan, making it accessible to families from all the communities of the South Valley. We purchased this home intentionally to use the basement as a choir space. Since I don’t have to lease a studio, I’m able to offer significantly lower tuition rates than comparable programs elsewhere, while contributing a greater percentage of income to music and supplies, ensuring your child a better overall experience.

I think music is important, but my child seems wary. Would they still enjoy CCC?
Music education is universally beneficial, regardless of whether the student is a “natural” singer or performer. I’ve had several parents tell me that they’ve noticed an increase in their child’s tendency to sing in their play after beginning classes (and that they’re more in tune when they do so). My foremost guiding principle as a music instructor is that music should be a joy, not a source of anxiety for students. Through fun music and games, the pressure is removed and children are free to express themselves musically. Additionally, listening to and learning to appreciate fine music gives children the ability to discern what is beautiful in our culture. And singing well as a group gives children a sense of accomplishment and of the reward of hard work. All children can be taught to sing in tune and can become musical, even if they seem far from that goal now. It’s important to cultivate this pleasure in making music early on, before beginning private music lessons, so that lessons and practice aren’t seen as a chore and a source of conflict between parent and child.

What About Voice Lessons?

I'm often asked by parents, "When should my child begin voice lessons?" When a child shows an interest in and talent toward singing, many parents rush to begin voice lessons, but this can have a detrimental effect on the developing voice. I actually began Copperview Children's Choir when, as a private voice teacher, I encountered many parents seeking out a voice teacher for their children as young as age six. What the child wanted and needed was an opportunity to sing, and to learn correct singing technique. But a group choral setting is the preferred means of accomplishing this goal, for several reasons:
  • The practicing needed to progress in private voice lessons puts too much of a strain on a young voice. The vocal chords must develop with age. For this reason, most trained vocal teachers consider age 12 (and, preferrably, age 14) as the ideal age to begin private voice lessons.
  • In addition to physical capacity, the mental ability to focus and perform in a one-on-one setting improves with age. While younger students may be able to handle voice lessons, and even enjoy it, the teacher must adjust the curriculum in such a way that the progress obtained will not likely justify the cost invested.
  • Children younger than age 12 can obtain all of the benefits of private voice lessons, without any of the drawbacks by participating in group music lessons that use singing as the primary instrument.
  • In a group setting, children have double the lesson time, at a fraction of the cost of private lessons. In addition, group games and music exploration allow the child to learn and internalize concepts in a non-threatening, non-demanding, and fun atmosphere.
  • By enrolling a young child in Copperview Children's Choir, they will be well prepared for private voice lessons once their voice matures to that point. (This point varies from child to child, but will certainly not be before age 12). Once a child who has sung with Copperview Children's Choir begins private lessons, they will progress rapidly, and will not have to spend valuable lesson time learning basic concepts, since those will already have been mastered in choir.

Parents (or ambitious children) may sometimes feel stalled at the suggestion that they wait to begin voice lessons, but any good voice teacher will have the health and correct training of your child's voice as their first priority. A teacher who agrees to take on a younger voice student is, at best, wasting your money by teaching in private lessons what could be better accomplished in group classes, and at worst risking permanent damage to your child's voice through their ignorance of vocal development.