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Advanced Choir - Women's Chorale Syllabus

2 Semesters 2 Credits Grade: 11-12

Course Description: This advanced mixed choir studies and performs choral literature selected from a variety of periods in music history. This course is designed to introduce and develop advanced singing techniques and sight-reading skills. This group performs in concert eight times a year. Attendance required at all performances.

 

 

Course Objective: To provide students with positive musical and educational experiences through the process of singing fundamentals-rehearsals-performances.

 

 

Content

I. Advanced rhythms using all types of note & rests.

II. Major & minor key signatures.

III. Advanced sight-reading exercises. (May include 4-part)

IV. Major, minor & chromatic scales.

V. Correct vocal techniques & singing posture.

VI. Latin pronunciation.

VII. Pronunciation of French and or German.

 

Approximate Time Table

1st nine-week grading period.

1. Introduction to 3-part sight-reading.

2. Reinforcement of proper rehearsal procedures.

3. Reinforcement of proper vocal techniques & singing

posture.

4. Book III & IV sight-reading exercises.

5. Rehearse possible contest selections.

6. Rehearse music for St. Mary's College Performance

2nd nine-week grading period.

1. Reinforcement & sequential progression of 3-part sight-

reading.

2. Book IV sight-singing exercises.

3. Reinforcement & sequential progression of correct vocal

techniques.

5. Rehearsals/Concerts (Dec.).

8. Rehearse solo/ens. music

3rd nine-week grading period.

1. Book IV & V sight-reading exercises.

2. Reinforcement & sequential progression of 3-part

sight-reading.

3. Reinforcement & sequential progression of proper vocal

techniques.

4. ISSMA Chamber Night.

5. ISSMA Contest.

6. Rehearse music for Fine Arts Festival.

7. Fine Arts Festival.

4th nine-week grading period.

1. Book V sight-reading exercises.

2. Reinforcement & sequential progression of 4-part sight-

reading.

3. Reinforcement & sequential progression of proper vocal

techniques.

4. Rehearse music for Contest & Spring Concert.

5. District contest (April).

6. Spring Concert (May).

7. Commencement (June).

 

Materials Used

1. The Folk Song Sight-Singing Series Books III, IV & V.

2. 4-part sight-singing exercises compiled by the directors.

3. Choral music selected by the directors.

 

Grading System

Nine-week grades for Choir classes will be determined by the student's percentage grades in the following categories:

Tests: Singing and Written

-The average score earned on tests given during the grading

period.

-On singing tests students will, when possible, be given a

copy of their part showing where flaws occurred.

-Tests missed and not made up will result in a "0".

Performances: Concerts, Contests and other public a ppearances

-The average score earned by the student for participation in

performances during the grading period.

-Unexcused performances missed will result in a "0".

Classroom Participation

-The average score earned by the student during the grading

period as determined by the classroom teacher.

-Consideration will include classroom rules established by

the teacher.

-Consideration will include tardies and absences.

Performance Rehearsals

-The average score earned by the student for participation in

performance rehearsals during the grading period.

-Unexcused performance rehearsals missed will result in a "0".

 

Classroom Rules

You have the responsibility of being in your seat prior to the bell. Sight reading pitch will be sounded immediately following class bell. Tardies will be assessed a one point deduction from the participation grade. Failure to check in will result in a two point deduction.

1. No gum.(Deduction of 1 participation point)

2. No talking.

3. Good posture.

4. Positive behavior.

5. Good attention

 

 

 

Attendance Policy

Consistent attendance is important for successful music learning and vocal skill development. It is the responsibility of the student to request makeup assignments (available in Choir Room).

All students are expected to make up work for missed classes regardless of reason. Classes not made up will result in a two (2) point Classroom Participation grade reduction. Absences may be made up by turning in a "make-up" sheet within two (2) days of absence(s). For extended absences, this time will be extended to the number of days absent plus one day. Ultimately, the evaluation of student success will be based upon their performance in and for the class, as well as the quality of their work.

 

An unexcused tardy will result in a one (1) point classroom Participation grade reduction and may not be made up. Excused tardies (pass from a teacher) are exempt from classroom participation grade reduction.

 

Folder Check-Out

The purchasing of sheet music for the choral organizations each year is a major budget expenditure. Care in handling music at school or at home is imperative of all participating music students.

One folder will be assigned to every two students of each choral organization. This folder may not be taken home except by special permission from the Direct