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.HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS GRADING PROCEDURES
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 96MUSIC 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
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
b. Knowledge: Are you prepared to discuss reading materials, homework,
listening examples, and vocabulary? Can you use your knowledge in
c. Interaction: Did you follow directions, remain on task throughout the
activity, display a positive attitude, and act in a cooperative manner
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
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
*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.
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