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Intermediate Choir (Girl's Choir) Syllabus

2 Semesters 2 Credits Grade: 10-12

Course description: This intermediate choir studies and performs music of moderate difficulty. Intermediate level singing techniques, sight-reading skills and music theory concepts are mastered. This group performs in concert three times a year. No audition is required. 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. Intermediate rhythms using sixteenth, eighth, quarter, half &

whole notes & rests.

II. Major and minor key signatures.

III. The order of sharps and flats as they appear on the staff.

IV. Intermediate sight-reading exercises.

V. Correct vocal techniques and singing posture.

VI. Correct pronunciation of Latin.

VII. All scales-major, natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic

minor and chromatic.

Approximate Time Table

1st nine-week grading period.

1. Review key signatures in sharps and flats.

2. Learn the order of the sharps and flats as they appear

on the staff.

3. Book II sight-reading exercises.

4. Reinforcement of proper vocal techniques and singing

posture.

5. Intermediate rhythmic exercises.

6. Reinforcement of major & minor scales.

7. Chromatic scale.

2nd nine-week grading period.

1. Reinforcement of key signatures.

2. Book II sight-reading exercises.

3. Reinforcement and sequential progression of vocal

techniques.

4. Intermediate rhythmic exercises.

5. Learn music for upcoming concert.

6. Rehearsals/Concerts. (December)

7. Rehearse music for ISSMA.

8. Reinforcement of all scales.

3rd nine-week grading period.

1. Reinforcement of key signatures.

2. Book II sight-reading exercises.

3. Intermediate rhythmic exercises.

4. Reinforcement and sequential progression of correct

vocal techniques.

5. ISSMA Chamber Night.

6. ISSMA Contest.

4th nine-week grading period.

1. Intermediate rhythmic studies

2. Reinforcement of key signatures.

3. Book III sight-reading exercises.

4. Reinforcement and sequential progression of correct

vocal technique.

5. Learn music for Spring Concert

6. Spring Concert. (May)

Materials Used

1. The Folk Song Sight Singing Series Books II & III.

2. Rhythmic exercises determined by the director.

3. Choral music selected by the director.

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 appearances

-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 Director.