Choir Syllabus

Course Syllabus – Grant Choir 2017-18

 

Course descriptions:

  • A Cappella is an advanced, auditioned, mixed choir. Advanced vocal production, sight reading skills, musical literacy, listening skills, and personal dedication are emphasized. Music selections are from all periods and styles of music history. A Cappella is Grant’s competition ensemble within the PIL and at the OSAA State Choir Festival. The choir performs in concerts, festivals and community events. A Cappella is also a college prep choir, providing the skills necessary for college auditions and scholarships. Previous experience in high school choir is suggested.

 

  • Treble Choir is a vocal ensemble for soprano and alto voices. Previous vocal experience is not required. The class will focus on developing vocal tone, learning to sing in an ensemble setting, becoming familiar with various vocal repertoire, showmanship and basic elements of music theory/history. Students will perform concerts throughout the year featuring pieces of many different styles such as popular, folk, classical and jazz.

 

  • Men’s Ensemble is a vocal ensemble for tenor and bass voices. Previous vocal experience is not required. The class will focus on developing vocal tone, learning to sing in an ensemble setting, becoming familiar with various vocal repertoire, showmanship and basic elements of music theory/history. Students will perform concerts throughout the year featuring pieces of many different styles such as popular, folk, classical and jazz.

 

  • Intermezzo is an advanced chamber choir for treble voices. Previous vocal experience is not required but a year in Treble Choir is a suggested prerequisite. Intermezzo performs a wide variety of concert, popular, multicultural, and modern music. In addition to performances, Intermezzo focuses on developing healthy singing techniques for developing voices, basic musical literacy, and an appreciation/understanding of vocal music in the context of history and culture. Admission to the ensemble is based on a formal audition with the instructor during the spring of the previous school year.

 

  • Royal Blues is an advanced, auditioned, chamber choir of equal soprano/alto/tenor/bass voices. The Royal Blues perform up to as many as 50 times a year, perfecting all styles of choral music which include classical, madrigals, popular, jazz, gospel, folk and experimental. Advanced vocal tone/production, sight reading skills, thorough musical literacy, advanced listening skills, and performance ensemble skills are required. Royal Blues are a highly sought after group, performing for various state and local functions throughout the year and thus personal dedication, commitment, and scholarship are required. Students must maintain a 2.5 minimum GPA and be co‐enrolled in A Cappella. Students provide their own formal attire and are admitted only after rigorous auditions with the instructor in April/May of the previous school year.

 

Fees and Performance Attire:

  • Students are required to provide all or part of their performing outfits. Uniform performance attire presents a student in the best possible way. Performance outfits encourage good grooming, good manners, and a wonderful positive self-image.
  • Performance attire is “all black” from the waist down with no patterns or decorations of any kinds. Choir members will provide an  appropriate combination of the following: black dress shoes (closed toe), black dress socks, black slacks (no black jeans), black stockings, black tights.
  • All choir members are asked to for a $50 activity fee to help cover costs for uniforms, music purchase and maintenance. Treble choir and A Cappella will be assigned robes. Any lost, stolen, or damaged robe will be charged to the student account. (A new robe is $120!) The robe is assigned at the beginning of the year and must be returned at the end of the year.
  • Royal Blues pay for dresses and tuxedos

Grading Policy:

  • Vocal music is a participation and performance class. The educational quality of the material learned is based on daily effort, regular attendance, and the dedication a student exhibits during class, rehearsals and performance.
  • Students will be graded on musicianship (ability to read music, having music folders/pencils ready at every rehearsal, vocal technique, knowledge of music signs and symbols and musical style). Students will be graded on attentive and readiness in class which includes class participation. Students are also evaluated on the Career Learning Standards.

Grade Calculation:

  • Fundamentals of Rehearsal Skills: 60%
    • Each Student is eligible for 5 pts. each class period. Unexcused absences will result in 0 pts for each rehearsal missed.
      • 1 pts – On time, prepared with appropriate materials
      • 4 pts – Follows rehearsal rules, and displays a high level of participation/engagement in the rehearsal process. Follows instructions and actively works to improve the ensemble and personal musicianship.
  • Concert Performance/Attendance: 20%
    • Concerts are worth 10% of each quarterly grade.
    • Attendance of other performing arts events make up the other 10% and each event is worth 5%. Missed concerts can be made up by attending additional events.
  • Theory/Tests/Written Assignments: 20%
    • This grade portion is made up of weekly theory quizzes, quarter theory tests, concert reviews, score analyses, and other assignments.

Classroom/Rehearsal Rules and Expectations:

  • NO GUM. (infraction = loss of 1 daily rehearsal pt.)
  • NO CELL PHONES. (infraction = loss of 1 daily rehearsal pt.)
  • Students will be on time, with music folders, pencils and ready when the bell rings.
  • Students will show respect for themselves and others in class at all times.
  • Students will exhibit positive and supportive behavior at all times.
  • Students will not bring food or drink into the classroom, except water.

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