Arizona Girlchoir has many homeschool singers, and our music education program meets state academic standards for music and fine arts! Let us help you in your home education journey!

While the Arizona Girlchoir is inclusive for all singers, whether public schooled or homeschooled, more than a third of our singers are homeschoolers, and our staff is well-versed in serving the needs of our homeschooling population!

Our rigorous music education program meets all of the requirements of the Arizona Department of Education Academic Standards in the Arts: Music Standards for all grades from kindergarten to high school. We can provide a grade, course description, and credit documentation for any grade level, at your request. Of special interest to high schooled homeschoolers: our curriculum fulfills Arizona's Fine Arts requirement for your high school transcript. Every year that you sing with us may be counted as either a Fine Arts or elective credit, which is helpful since many colleges and universities require two or more Fine Arts credits.

Listen to Mike Farris of HSLDA interview Steven McCollum of Patrick Henry College about the benefits of choral education for homeschoolers!

Here is a smattering of the many ways in which music studies can enhance your home education curriculum.

  • Vocal Technique: intonation, breathing, vowel placement, tone production, pitch recognition, posture, unison singing, 4-part harmonies, and expressive singing

  • Music Literacy: notation, markings, interval reading, sight singing, rhythmic values, chord structure, harmony and harmonic structure, and musical forms

  • Language Arts: diction, pronunciation, specialized vocabulary, exposure to other languages such as Latin, German, Spanish, Italian

  • Social Studies:

* History: social and political issues in song

* Culture: how cultures shape and are shaped by music

* Geography: the music of the world and its peoples

* World Religions: religious thought expressed through sacred music

  • Math: fractions of rhythm and beat, language of symbols, integers, time signatures

  • Interpersonal Skills: responsibility, discipline, work ethic, teamwork, personal confidence

  • Performance Skills: public presentation, confident communication, performance etiquette, stage presence, movement, choreography

We'd love to help you with the arts portion of your homeschool - schedule your daughter's - or your own - vocal assessment today! We have an adult ensemble too, and several of our homeschool moms sing with us! Our 2019-2020 Big Family special makes it easy: after regular fees for the first singer and our usual 15% family discount for the second, all other ladies in your family can sing for free all season!

We are thrilled to announce our brand-new artistic staff!

Topher Keene, Artistic Director

Topher Keene is our new Artistic Director and will lead the choir as a whole, as well as directing our older ensembles.

A Vocal Music Education graduate of the University of Maine, Topher Keene also did graduate studies at New England Conservatory and has completed coursework for his Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instructional Design from Western Governor’s University. Mr Keene is a level III certified Kodály educator and has served as president of the Arizona chapter and as a board member of the national Kodály organization, OAKE. He has presented workshops at schools and universities as well as state, regional, and national educator conferences and is a Quarterfinalist for the 2020 Grammy Award for Music Educator of the Year.


Mr Keene is the current Town Choir Director and former Director of Education at Phoenix Boys Choir, and he also directs several other choruses and is active as a music theatre director in shows across the Valley. He founded and serves as CEO for ChoirUnlimited​, a sheet music publishing company. He has taught private voice lessons for over a decade in Phoenix and via Skype to students around the world. While he enjoys working with all students who wish to sing better, he specializes in musical theatre singers and struggling beginners – even those some would call “tone deaf.”

Emily Rehmer, Assistant Director

Emily Rehmer is our new Assistant Director and will conduct our beginning ensembles. Ms Rehmer is a kindergarten teacher and chorus instructor at Sunset Elementary and has directed various choirs since 2012. She is also the Early Childhood Music Literacy Educator for Minuets, a preschool music and movement program utilizing the Kodály method. She has a BSEd in elementary education.

Ms Rehmer sang as a choir member and soloist in the #1-ranked US high school show choir, as well as serving as a section leader and choir assistant. She has founded and directed competitive a cappella choirs with both female and mixed-gender singers.

We look forward to working with our new artistic staff and seeing how the Arizona Girlchoir develops and grows!

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

We're hosting a great FREE summer fun choir camp for girls and boys ages 5 to 15! We’re planning a great day with the kids, with lots of singing, a little dancing, some games and snacks, and a dynamic glowstick party – all followed by the kids getting to show off the songs they learned for family and friends!

Space is limited! Sign up now to get in or to get onto our wait list! Check our Events page to sign up, or use our Contact to email us directly.

Two dates to choose from: Tuesday 23 July or Tuesday 30 July. Each day the camp runs 9am to 1pm, with a showcase performance at 1pm. Please RSVP for further details.

Co-hosts: Arizona Girlchoir & Phoenix Boys Choir

Don't miss the glowstick fun!

Sing with us! Schedule your vocal assessment today!

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