COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: Chorus
GRADE LEVEL: 6th
LENGTH OF TIME: One class (40 minutes)Full Year (two 45-minute class per week)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Chorus is a yearlong course where students work on the developing intermediate choral works, reading and 2/3 part-singing. Within a year, the students perform two large concerts one in the winter and another in the spring. The main components of chorus are: continuing developing singing skills through vocalizes, ear training, learning a variety of repertoire from various styles and cultures, learning various movements to enhance vocal and rhythmic understanding, solfege scale work, interval work, sight reading rhythm and standard notation, following a conductor, continuation of harmony, active listening, performance assessment, and contributing as a member to the overall ensemble.
REPORTING STANDARD: Performance & Rehearsals Collaboration and Ensemble Work
1.Students will sing with proper breath support and posture and demonstrate understanding through practice.
1.Students will develop a wide and consistent vocal range by singing a variety of vocal warm ups of different ranges, consonants, and vowels.
1.Students will learn the vocal auditions piece for District Three.
1.Students will strengthen independent vocal part-singing by singing a variety of rounds and /or partner songs.
2.Students will be able to sing a variety of repertoire of different styles, meters, cultures, and languages in two and three part harmony.
3.Students will demonstrate concert and stage etiquette while performing two formal concerts within the year.
REPORTING STANDARD: Listening & Literacy skills
1.Students will demonstrate major and minor solfege scales with hand signs up and down with skips and work towards multiple part rounds in solfege.
2.Students will sight read rhythm and pitch in a series of musical notation worksheets of various keys. Students will decode notes and evaluate the examples of music.
3.Students will identify where they are independently and as a group according to performance ready characteristics.
4.Students will listen to their individual voice and be able to read their personal range and changing voice. Students will use vocabulary to describe this process.
5.Students will assess themselves and their music on a weekly basis as well as a formal written assessment on a biyearly basis.
REPORTING STANDARD: Expressiveness and Technique
4.Students will sing with proper breath support and posture and demonstrate understanding through practice.
5.Students will develop a wide and consistent vocal range by singing a variety of vocal warm ups of different ranges, consonants, and vowels.
6.Students will learn the vocal auditions piece for District Three.
Weekly student evaluation sheetSelf-Assessments
Evaluation and preparation prior to concerts
Small group lessons and evaluation
Student led conducting, vocalizes, and classroom discussions
Written performance assessments (winter and spring)
Video/ CD evaluation unit
TEXTS AND OTHER RESOURCES:
Teacher generated sight-reading worksheets
Choral music in student binders
District Three-audition piece