High School Chorale Handbook/Syllabus


  • CITY HONORS


    HIGH SCHOOL CHORALE


    HANDBOOK/SYLLABUS


    2016 - 2017




    Mrs. Newton, Vocal Music

    emnewton@buffaloschools.org

    Room 114




    CITY HONORS CHORALE 2016/2017 SYLLABUS

    Mrs. Newton - Room 114

    The following is a description of the purpose of the Chorale, goals to be accomplished, and what you will learn:


    Repertoire:

    - A varied repertoire including but not limited to secular, folk, multi-cultural, classical, Broadway, spirituals, madrigals, etc... both accompanied and a cappella.

    - Opportunities for students to perform solos as part of choral repertoire and on an individual basis through NYSSMA. Auditions will be announced for soloists as they are available - ALL students are encouraged to audition!

    - Opportunity to audition for the Erie County Chorus.

    - Expansion of students’ personal “library of musical knowledge” through singing and listening that will expand and grow throughout membership in this choir and hopefully, after you graduate.


    Vocal Production:

    - Learning, shaping and improving one’s singing ability through posture, proper breathing, warm-ups and repertoire.

    - Learning, shaping and improving the choir’s singing ability through listening, cooperation, development of musical skills and team attitude (as well as all of the above!)


    Sight-Singing/Ear Training:

    - Development of a knowledge of and capability to read rhythms and sight sing - recognizing pitches, key signatures, and modality using solfege syllables and song text.


    Performance:

    - Preparation for and participation in concerts, community events, NYSSMA, Collage and various other music festivals.

    - Learning and demonstration of proper performance etiquette.


    Participation:

    - Develop skills necessary to become an active, focused and fully participating member of a music ensemble.


    Character Building and Goal-Setting:

    - Ability to set personal and group goals.

    - Growth as musicians while learning, improving, striving and having fun!





    CITY HONORS CHORALE

    CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS AND GRADING POLICY


    GENERAL EXPECTATIONS AND RULES OF CONDUCT


    * REHEARSAL TIME:

    - You are expected to arrive ON TIME to each and every rehearsal and be present at each and every rehearsal unless you are absent from school. I must be consulted ahead of time if you request to miss rehearsal for any other reason.


    * MATERIALS:

    - You should keep all music and handouts in your Chorale folder

    - You must have a pencil with you (not in your backpack)

    - You are responsible for music/ materials given to you. If you lose your music, copy someone else's.

    - You music folder should be marked with you name and folder slot #.

    - You are not to take anyone's folder but your own.


    * REHEARSALS:

    - Absolutely no food or gum is allowed during rehearsals. Bottled water is allowed and encouraged.

    - Personal electronics (cell phones, ipods, etc...) are prohibited and will be confiscated if used without permission.


    * PERFORMANCES:

    - All concerts are MANDATORY. Please plan your schedules accordingly.

    - Students are responsible for acquiring the correct performance attire for concerts. Please refer to the section on concert dress for more information.



    PERFORMANCES: (Mandatory)

    Winter Vocal Concert - Tues., December 13th – 6:30 pm

    Martin Luther King Assembly – Fri., January 13th - School day performance

    Friday, January 20th - Community Spotlight Performance at Kleinhan's Music Hall - 7:00 pm

    "Music In Our Schools Month" Audition: March 10th -School day audition

    Collage Performance: TBA May - 7:00 pm - Shea's