Mission

The Cambiata Institute of America for Early-Adolescent Vocal Music is dedicated to the promulgation of the Cambiata Concept, a comprehensive philosophy and methodology for teaching vocal music to early-adolescents.  Special emphasis is placed on the unique qualities of the male changing voice and on the development of music literacy skills. The Institute engages in research, projects, and materials that promote reliable pedagogical practices in the middle-level choral music classroom.

2019 Cambiata Institute’s Projects, Agenda, and Aspirations

  • To establishment and announce the new independent web site for the Cambiata Institute of America for Early Adolescent Vocal Music: www.cambiatainstitute.
  • To expand a National Board of Advisors.
  • To initiate a teacher-training program leading to a Certificate in Early Adolescent Vocal Music.
  • To seek external funding to promote and support the Institute’s interests.
  • To continually develop and maintain the Institute’s web-site through a skilled webmaster.
  • To promote on-going research, related specifically to vocal music making for early-adolescents.
  • To develop national exposure of the Institute through state, regional, and national music association presentations.
  • To initiate, develop, and facilitate, and host a national “online” conference designed specifically to reflect the needs and interests of middle- level choirs, middle-level choral music educators, and middle-level choral music topics and clinicians.
  • To provide composers with appropriate changing voice guidelines while encouraging the composition of high-quality choral and solo literature for early-adolescent singers.
  • To create and maintain on-line articles related specifically to the interests of choral music educators who work with early adolescent students.
  • To provide choral music education Ph.D. candidates with the pedagogical information that can positively impact choral music classrooms now and in the future.
  • To promote the Cambiata concepts in teacher-training at all levels: national, divisional, state, regional, district, individual schools, and churches.
  • To value, create, and maintain a meaningful connection with other professional organizations concerned with the education of early-adolescents, i.e., the National Middle School Association (NMSA), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA); Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA); the National Association for Music Education (MENC), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA); the International Society for Music Education (ISME); and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Longer range aspirations 

  • To promote on-line research-based articles, related specifically to the interests of choral music educators who work with early-adolescent students.
  • To assist with the training of choral/vocal clinicians, who demonstrate strong pedagogical insights into the middle-level Cambiata concepts.
  • To encourage and publish new 2-part and 3-part choral works that focus on the needs of middle school singer, specifically the early adolescent male’s changing voice.
  • To influence choral music education curricula at the college/university level.
  • To establish satellite summer programs in different regions of the country.