Union Colony Middle School Choir Mr. Cook firstname.lastname@example.org th th This is the beginning choir at UCS and is open to any 6 or 7 grade students wishing to improve their singing abilities. Students in Choir are expected to “do” what professional musicians do. This means they strive constantly to improve their skills through practice and diligent study of vocal technique. This means they approach the music and the rehearsal process respectfully and professionally, working to glean all they can from music on the page. Finally, this means they perform the music to the best of their abilities, working to faithfully bring to the stage the composer’s artistic vision. Classroom Expectations Participate fully in all rehearsals Keep your energy and attention focused on: - developing your own talents and abilities as a singer - the betterment of the ensemble as a whole Classroom Procedures Because our classroom space serves many different functions, it has to be reset for nearly every class. Upon arrival in the classroom, all students need to assist in setting up the chairs according to the specific seating arrangement of the class. At the end of the period, students are to stack the chairs neatly at the back of the room. Because this class shares sheet music with another section, music will not be checked out to individual students. Music will be passed out as necessary in class and returned to the appropriate box at the end of class. Grading Grades in Choir will be determined as follows: Daily class work and participation 66% Performances 34% Daily Participation in rehearsals: Each rehearsal attended is worth 10 points. Students are awarded these points after the successful completion of each rehearsal. Zero points are earned for missed rehearsals, regardless of the reason for absence. Rehearsal points for excused absences may be recovered by completing a rehearsal recovery activity and turning in a rehearsal recovery form. Forms may be found on the table next to Mr. Cook’s office. No points may be made up for unexcused or unclarified absences. Points are deducted as follows: Unexcused tardiness to rehearsal - 4 points Not ready to sing at beginning of rehearsal - 4 points Chewing gum, eating, or drinking (except water) - 4 points Failure to bring pencil - 4 points Failure to participate - 10 points Unexcused absence from rehearsal - 10 points Talking or disrupting rehearsal - 20 points Concert Performance: Performances are a vital part of the performing arts curriculum and include scheduled concerts, festivals, and community events throughout the year. Students are expected to perform at every scheduled concert. Absences from these events are only excused at the discretion of the director, and generally are excused only in the event of illness, death, or family emergency. Such absences must be verified in writing by a parent or guardian. In order to make up an excused performance, the student will be required to complete an alternate project assigned by the director. Performance dates for 2011-2012 are: Thursday, October 20 Monday, December 12 Tuesday, March 27 Thursday, May 10 Concert Attire: Students will need to obtain the required concert dress prior to the first concert in October. Required concert dress for Union Colony Middle School Choir is as follows: Polo shirt – light blue, navy blue, or white Blue jeans (Blue denim capris are acceptable) Appropriate shoes and socks (no flip-flops, no high heels) Points may be deducted from the performance grade for the following: Failure to be in proper attire - 15 points Tardy for a performance - 25 points Inappropriate behavior backstage, onstage, or while in the audience - 25-100 points Failure to perform in a mandatory concert will reduce the semester grade by one full letter. Class Work: Class work is any written or aural work completed during class time. We will be studying music theory and history, aural perception, world music, form and analysis, musical style, composers, and many other aspects of music in our world. Class work is due at the end of the block, and will not be accepted after. Class work can only be made up if the student has an excused absence. Printed Music Sheet music is expensive and consumes the majority of the school’s music budget. All sheet music provided by the school remains the property of the school. Students are responsible for maintaining music in good condition, and will be charged replacement cost for any missing or damaged parts. Repertoire Every effort will be made this year to expose groups to a wide variety of musical styles and periods. Some you will like immediately, others may have to “grow” on you. Please approach new music with an open mind, as it is often hard to judge a piece until it all comes together. Often, your favorite piece in May will be one you thought you hated when you sight-read it in September. Also, remember that each of us has differing tastes. It would be impossible to program music everyone likes. Throughout the year we will be performing both secular and sacred music literature. This is particularly true in choir, where a huge portion of the literature has its roots in various religious traditions. The study of sacred music is not intended as an endorsement or promotion of any religion. Rather, it is part of a comprehensive study of music throughout history. The classroom study and subsequent performance of sacred music has been approved and protected by a series of decisions rendered by the U.S. Court of Appeals, which guarantee that the performance of sacred choral music in the public schools does not violate the Constitution of the United States. According to the Music Educator’s National Conference, “. . . the study and performance of religious music within an educational context is a vital and appropriate part of a comprehensive music education. The omission of sacred music from the school curriculum would result in an incomplete educational experience.” It is the intent of the Union Colony Preparatory School music program to expose our students to the classroom study and performance of the highest caliber of music literature, whether it is from the sacred or secular tradition. We will study both sacred and secular music for its inherent art and value to society, and through its public performance, understand its place and contribution to the aesthetic arts which continue to inspire and elevate the human spirit in all times and places. Further, it is the goal of this program to annually program a wide variety of sacred and secular works that provide a proper balance in our study and performance of music literature.
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