High School Chorus Expectations:

    Take responsibility for your own

    development as a musician.

    Every time you sing, make it a quality experience.

    Work to master the basic musical skills.

    Develop an attitude of wanting to improve everyday.

    Be willing to try new things.

    Display an attitude of effort at all times.

    Come to class prepared to work and learn.

    Be present for all rehearsals and performances.

    Listen carefully during rehearsals.

    Critical listening improves the quality of a choir.

    Show a willingness to work with others.

    Choir is a “group” effort but every individual counts.

    Working together is the key.

    Respect the effort of others.

    Practice concert etiquette at all times, especially during rehearsals.

    Make a positive contribution, and don't be a distraction to the choir.

    Enjoy experiencing and making beautiful music–

    and have fun!

    Philosophy: The main purpose of High School Chorus is to

    improve basic musicianship of all students and perform 4

    times yearly as an ensemble. Students will learn and perform a

    variety of repertoire. Students will also improve their

    musicianship & vocal technique through weekly vocal labs each marking period.

    Materials: Students will need a pencil and concert attire for

    this class. Details about concert attire will be distributed in September. Chorus folders and music will be loaned to the students for the duration of the school year. It is the student's responsibility to maintain and return all loaned materials/music.

    Vocal Labs: 60%
    Students are required to attend 8 vocal labs during each marking period. (A marking period is typically 10 weeks long)

    At each vocal lab, students will be graded on their participation, a short written assessment and a short performance assessment. (50 Points each=150 points total)

    If a student misses a vocal lab, it is their responsibility to attend another vocal lab that week.  If a student is unable to make-up the missed lesson that week, they need to see Mrs. Collins and she will help them make up the missed work at a time that works for them.
    * Vocal labs are small group voice lessons.  Students learn to be a better vocalist and that helps our chorus to be better!  Mrs. Collins maintains a fun and positive environment during vocal labs and works very hard to make students feel comfortable while also developing proper vocal technique.  Students know that no matter how many weeks are in a marking period, they are allowed to miss TWO vocal labs

    Written Evaluation: 10%
    Examples of a written evaluation are: concert evaluations, listening guides, or an assignment relating to the musical history and/or culture of any piece from the current concert repertoire.

    There will be one written evaluation administered a marking period.

    In-Class Participation: 15%

    Points will be subtracted for the following offenses:
    § No Folder -3
    § No Pencil -2
    § Chewing Gum -2
    § Off-Task Behavior -3
    § Late without a Pass -2
    § Disruptive Behavior -3
    § Skipping Chorus Class or any mandatory rehearsals -8
    The participation points will be kept track of in a participation binder.

    Concert Participation: 15%
    There are 4 required concerts during the school year:

    o The Kick-Off Concert (October 18th, 2017 @ 7pm)

     o Winter Concert December 19th @ 7pm

    o District Choral Concert - March 28, 2018 @ 630pm

     o High School Chorus Spring Concert - June 5th, 2018 @ 7pm

    Each concert takes place in the high school auditorium.
    Students should plan on arriving at the concert 1 hour before the scheduled start time.

    The choir director reserves the right to add another concert performance as long as 4 weeks notice is given to the students so arrangements can be made.

    In the case that a student is unable to attend a mandatory concert,
    please see the concert policy for additional requirements.


    Student A Vocal Labs- 150, 145, 150, 140
    Student A written evaluations- 100
    Student A in-class participation- 90
    Student A Concert participation- 95

    Vocal Labs (60%)- 585/600= grade of 97.5 X .60 (60%)= 58.5
    Written Evaluations (10%)- 100/100= grade of 100 X .10 (10%)= 10
    In-Class Participation(15%)- 90 X .15 (15%)= 13.5
    Concert Participation (15%)- 95 X .15(15%)= 14.25

    All 4 grading categories added up= 96.25
    Rounded to a final grade of 96
    MUSIC THEORY: High School Music Elective 

    Philosophy: The main purpose of MUSIC THEORY 1&2 is to prepare you to enter college

    as a music major. Not all students who take this course will be music majors. Students will

    develop their aural skills (listening skills) and also learn how to analyze, understand and

    perform music . Students will become musically literate through this course. There are 7

    Units to be covered in this course, Music Theory I.


    Materials: You will need the following:

    One subject 3-ring binder for the class with dividers

    A PENCIL!!!!!!

    You will receive a textbook, Music in Theory and Practice.


    Grading: There are 4 areas to be graded in Music Theory 1.

    1. Class Participation (verbal and written): 15%

    2. Test/Quizzes: 50%

    3. Projects: 25%

    4. Binders: 10%


    1. Class Participation: This is a very important part of the learning

    experience. There will be many different activities that we do that will be

    graded. This grade is based on the following:

    a. Preparation: Were you on time with all materials needed for the day on

    your desk?

    b. Knowledge: Are you prepared to discuss reading materials, homework,

    listening examples, and vocabulary? Can you use your knowledge in

    class activities?

    c. Interaction: Did you follow directions, remain on task throughout the

    activity, display a positive attitude, and act in a cooperative manner

    with everyone?

    2. Tests/Quizzes: Tests and quizzes will be given at set points during units of

    study. They are a way of assessing mastery of material being taught while also

    informing instruction.

    3. Projects: Projects are assigned at different points throughout each unit. You

    may be given some class time to complete projects.

    4. Binders: All class work, unit vocabulary sheets, notes, tests and projects will

    be kept in a 3-ring binder. You will be graded on the organization, neatness,

    and completeness of your binder. It is never too early to learn these

    organizational skills!

    *Homework: This is your practice of the skills we are working on in class. Your success on

    tests/quizzes/projects are directly related to your attention to the homework and the practice


    Absences/Tardies: Class attendance is important! If you are absent, you have 1 day to make

    up any missed work. Please stay on top of this and be proactive.

    Senior Exemption: If you are a senior, miss less than 10 days of class, and have a 90

    or above average each marking period, you will be exempt from the final exam. NO

    ONE is exempt from the final project.

    Course Outline

    Marking Period 1

    Unit 1: Notation

    Unit 2: Scales, Tonality, Keys & Modes

    Marking Period 2

    Unit 3: Intervals & Transposition

    Unit 4: Chords

    Marking Period 3

    Unit 4: Chords (cont’d)

    Unit 5: Cadences & Non-Harmonic Tones

    Marking Period 4

    Unit 6: Melodic Organization

    Unit 7 : History of Music (Ancient Greece -> Early Christian)

    *Daily: Aural Skills Unit & Sight-Singing Unit