Middle School Choir Syllabus

Welcome to Chorus! 

Middle School Choir General Objectives:
This course is designed to help students achieve greater vocal independence and confidence.  Students will study a variety of musical styles and work as an ensemble to perform and share music with friends, family, and the community.  Students will memorize their music and follow conductor cues.  Through group exercises, individual practice, demonstrations, and warm-ups students will become comfortable in their vocal range and focus on proper breathing and tone production.  Each student experiences a unique and positive atmosphere in which they learn to be a better performer.

Grades
50% Formal Assessments:

This category includes: Benchmark goals, vocabulary and technique quizzes, group recordings, and progress-folios.

Please mark your calendars now for the following dates:
Winter Concert:          The cumulative assessment during the second trimester will be attendance and satisfactory performance in the Winter Concert (Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Renaissance Academy Gym).
Spring Concert:          The cumulative assessment for the third trimester will be attendance and satisfactory performance in the Spring Concert (Thursday May 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Renaissance Academy Gym).

50% Classwork/Participation:

This category includes: Informal performance checks, worksheets, participation during warm-ups and rehearsals, and efforts to create a positive and courteous learning environment for all students.  

Daily Expectations

  • Students are expected to arrive on time with a pencil and music. Be prepared to sing!  
  • Attitude is EVERYTHING! Each positive attitude helps create the best class for everyone!
  • Students will be in compliance with the Dress Code. No hats, jackets, or non-school approved sweatshirts or sweaters will be brought to class at anytime.
  • I do not give written homework, but I expect students to take their music home and practice.
  • Absolutely no food, gum, or candy during chorus. Water is allowed during class.
  • Students are responsible for their music.  Each student will have a number written on each piece that correlates to a storage shelf in the back of the classroom.
  • Begin the Do Now immediately.  No talking during rehearsal.  It wastes the precious few minutes that we have.
  • If you miss class for any reason you are responsible to inquire about any missed rehearsal information.

Requirements
Choir is a performance based class.  Students are REQUIRED to attend 2 after school concerts per year (one winter and one spring concert).  If a student cannot attend a concert, contact must be made with the teacher prior to the concert date if possible.  Only emergency situations will be excused.  Students who are excused from the concert will need to complete a written assignment in lieu of their performance grade for credit.

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By signing this syllabus the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) have read and understood the expectations for chorus.

This signed syllabus is to be returned for a grade by Friday September 18, 2015

Looking forward to a great year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Adrian Smith

Middle School General Music Teacher

Middle and High School Choir Director

adrian.smith@rak12.org

610-983-4080 ext. 208

 

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Student signature and date

 

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Parent/Guardian signature and date