Course Title: Chorus 6, 7, or 8
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Choir is a performing ensemble and part of a continuum that begins in elementary school, continues to build skills through middle school, and continues in high school. The choirs rehearse every other day and generally perform three concerts per school year. As choir students advance through each grade level (6, 7, 8) the repertoire gets progressively more challenging and more leadership opportunities are presented. Students gain a deeper understanding of their voices as musical instruments, expand their knowledge of music literacy, and make further connections to the world and themselves by collaboratively creating music.
- Student is able to apply developing knowledge of singing techniques and musical concepts to produce accurate, expressive singing with a healthy, well-supported vocal tone.
- Student is able to interpret musical notation and use proper terminology to discuss singing techniques and musical concepts.
- Student shows understanding of how music connects to themselves and the world by creating high-quality, affective musical performances beyond the classroom.
Apply developing knowledge of singing techniques and musical concepts to produce accurate, expressive singing with a healthy, well-supported vocal tone.
| Guiding Questions
- How do musicians align their posture and manipulate the breath to create a good singing tone?
- How do musicians match the sounds around them to create unison singing?
- How do musicians listen to relationships between sounds in order to create harmony?
- How do musicians create expressive singing?
- Illustrate proper singing posture
- Use breath and manage breath flow
- Produce a good tone that reflects understanding of the physical manipulation of the voice.
- Match a pitch played or sung in the appropriate range for a student’s individual voice and match the sound around them while singing in a group
- Independently recall a melody or collection of sounds and sing it back accurately with proper pitch
| Assessments: Daily observations, Small group work, Concert performances
Interpret musical notation and use proper terminology to discuss singing techniques and musical concepts.
| Guiding Questions
- How can musicians use music language and vocabulary to demonstrate learning/understanding?
- How do musicians interpret a choral score?
- How do musicians improve their ability to read music?
- How do musicians use the solfege scale as a literacy tool?
- Use proper terminology to discuss singing technique, related anatomy, and musical concepts
- Use choral score to follow along and navigate through a piece of music
- Use solfege/read notation sufficiently to interpret simple melodies or rhythms and perform them accurately after practice
| Assessments: Use of choral scores, daily solfege exercises, Curwen hand signs, Vocal exercises, Sight- reading
Use music to connect to yourself and the world around you by creating high-quality, affective musical performances beyond the classroom.
| Guiding Questions
- How do individual musicians work together to create an ensemble performance?
- How do musicians communicate meaning through singing?
- How do musicians make emotional connections to works of others as well as works they create themselves?
- How do musicians integrate their knowledge and skills into a cohesive performance?
- Collaborate as an ensemble on each concert performance
- Demonstrates an understanding of the affective and contextual meaning of music and applies that knowledge in rehearsal and performance settings
- Create music that makes a personal connection.
- Synthesizes knowledge of skills/techniques/concepts and applies them when performing music
| Assessments: Concert performances, Rehearsal activities, In-class discussions, Listening activities
| Career and Life Skills
| Social and Cross Cultural
||The student respects and contributes to the diverse learning community by:
- Honoring the ideas and opinions of others
- Interacting effectively and appropriately with others
- Encouraging and supporting the singing effort of each ensemble member
- Demonstrating proper stage etiquette in performance settings
| Productivity and Accountability
||The student takes ownership of work and actions by:
- Singing/performing activities with purpose and intent to improve
- Listening quietly and staying engaged in rehearsal while other sections are singing
- Being ready to quickly stand, sit, or move as directed throughout rehearsal
- Maintaining focus on the task at hand and contributing to ensemble focus
| Initiative and Self Direction
||The student demonstrates independence by:
- Anticipating typical classroom procedures and performing them efficiently
- Singing boldly and embracing mistakes as essential to musical development
- Asking for extra practice on challenging notes/rhythms/words
- Asking questions for clarification or to advance musical knowledge/understanding
- Persevering through challenging tasks and utilizing feedback