Vocal Music Handbook

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    Choral Music Handbook 2019-2020

     

    WELCOME to Choral Music at Como Park Senior High School.

    Carole Whitney, Director of Choirs and Theatre • carole.whitney@spps.org

     

    COURSE GOALS

    During this year-long class, choir members will be working on the Minnesota Standards for Music. To gain the knowledge in the standards listed below, we will learn to read music notation, sing from music written for choirs and for soloists, learn about vocal health and how to sing with good vocal technique, learn about the composers of our music and perform in public. Concert dates can be found on the last page of this handbook and each student’s family will receive a copy to keep at home.

     

    The BRIEF Version of what you’ll learn:

             Mastery of pitches, rhythms, dynamics, articulation, diction, harmony, tone color

             Understanding of text, context, symbolism, style

             Soul makes the music believable through investment and intentional, sincere integrity

             Internalization of text and rhythm; how your body makes sound

             Communication of the musical message and the composer’s intentions

     

     

     

    The BRIEF Version of the RULES:

     

         

    You Are Expected to Learn

                    MUSIC

    Maintain a positive attitude. Participate in all activities.

    Understand practice is required to achieve success.

    Show respect for all: people, materials, instruments.

    Interruptions and rudeness are unacceptable.

    Come to class on time, ready to learn with everything needed

    (NO cell phones).

     

     

    The EXTENDED version of what you’ll learn: The Minnesota State Standards for Music

     

    Strand

    Anchor Standard

    Benchmark (how we know you learned it)

    Foundations

    Use foundational knowledge and skills while responding to creating and presenting artistic work.

    These benchmarks are integrated across the other strands, in italics.

     

    Generate and develop original artistic ideas.

    Improvise, arrange, or modify phrases that demonstrate understanding of musical elements.

    Create

    Create original artistic work

    Select multiple musical ideas, original or existing, to create drafts of music using notation or technology where appropriate.

     

    Revise and complete original artistic work.

    Revise or arrange a composition to become a completed musical work using current technology to preserve the composition.

     

    Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for performance.

    Utilize multiple rehearsal strategies to refine performance, using technology where appropriate.

    Perform

    Make artistic choices in order to convey meaning through performance.

    Perform contrasting music selections for an audience, conveying meaning through interpretation of the musical elements and expressive qualities

    Respond

    Analyze and construct interpretations of artistic work.

    Interpret musical elements and cultural or historical contexts embedded within a musical selection to express possible meanings of the composer or performer.

     

    Evaluate artistic work by applying criteria.

    Evaluate music performances using commonly accepted standards, to demonstrate an understanding of musical elements.

     

    Integrate knowledge and personal experiences while responding to, creating, and presenting artistic work.

    Synthesize knowledge and personal experiences when responding to, creating, or performing musical works.

    Connect

    Understand that artistic works influence and are influenced by personal, societal, cultural, and historical contexts, including the contributions of MN American Indian tribes and communities

    Demonstrate and understanding of how musical selections are influenced by or impact personal, societal, cultural, or historical contexts.

     

     

     

    GRADING

     

    Rehearsal Points and Written Assignments:                   20% of the grade (equal to 2 letters)

    Standards Assessments (All listed Strands and Standards throughout the year:)                                                                                                                                      39% of the grade (equal to 3 ½ letters)

    Required Evening Concert (Strand III):                         41% of the grade

                                                                                                    (equal to 4 letters, automatic “No Credit”)

     

    DAILY EVALUATION POINTS

     

    Daily evaluations will be part of the grade for each singer. Singers will receive up to 3 points per day from Ms. Whitney. These points are divided equally into the number of minutes in the period.

     

    This is work on Strand I, Standards 2a, 2b and Strand III. 

     

    WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS

    These assignments will be both paper and pencil and iPad assignments. They are to assist the singer in learning to read music and to evaluate music both of their own making and that of others by learning vocabulary specifically to music.

     

    STANDARD ASSESSMENTS

    Standards Assessments will be given in a variety of ways: singing tests – both live and recorded, iPad quizzes and projects, and paper and pencil quizzes.

     

    EVENING CONCERT

    There is an evening concert in Como Park Senior High School’s Auditorium quarter 2, 3 and 4 for all choirs. First quarter only Concert Choir (Mixed Choir, Advanced) and Chamber Singers perform the annual musical.  Please see the Performance Calendar for dates and times. These performances are required to pass the class.

     

    Examples of the Assignments and Assessments:

    Week 2 (Sept. 13)-Compare Choir rules to Como Park Sr. rules

    Week 3 (Sept 20) – Alignment Visual Assessment (Musical Athletes)

    Week 4 (Sept 27)– know and be able to use solfege and the appropriate hand signs - visual

    Week 5 (Oct 4)- be able to sing a 9 note Do-Re-Mi scale, ascending and descending, and The Star Spangled Banner independently – Schoology on the iPad

    Week 6 (Oct 11)– Sight Singing on the iPad with Sight Reading Factory

    Week 7/8 (Fri. Oct. 25)- Sight Singing on the iPad with Sight Reading Factory

    Week 9 (Nov 1)– Sight Singing on the iPad with Sight Reading Factory

    Week 10 (Nov 8 end of qtr)– parts check – small groups

    Week 11 (Nov 15)- Sight Singing on the iPad with Sight Reading Factory

    Week 12/13 (Nov 29)- Sight Singing on the iPad with Sight Reading Factory

    Week 14 (Dec 6)- parts check –small groups

    Week 15 (Dec 13)- mid-quarter, riser check – visual

    Week 16 (Dec 16)- Concert on Dec. 16

    Week 16 (Dec 20)-Day Tour to feeder elementary schools

     

    Singer’s Responsibilities

    1. Show up ON TIME – to class and to performances – with any materials you need.
    2. Be HEALTHY – choose healthy foods and behaviors.
    3. Be ATTENTIVE and PATIENT.

    Put away your CELL PHONE and iPAD when the class is working.

    1. Be INTELLIGENT. Always strive to improve and grow – do your personal best.

    Put away your CELL PHONE and iPAD when the class is working.

    1. Be an excellent TEAM MEMBER by being RESPECTFUL, COURTEOUS, KIND, ENCOURAGING, and SUPPORTIVE to all.

    Put away your CELL PHONE and iPAD when the class is working.

    1. Take personal RESPONSIBILITY and CONTRIBUTE your BEST.

              -If you need to use the restroom during class, you need to leave your cell phone with Ms. Whitney. Plan ahead.

    1. Put away your CELL PHONE and iPAD when the class is working

    because you can’t really contribute your best when you are distracted by electronics.

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    REQUIRED iPAD APPLICATION

    • Schoology
    • Sight Reading Factory

     

     

     

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR

    CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, HONORS (Chamber Singers)

    This class earns a weighted grade and so has additional expectations to those listed above.

     

    Numerous performances are given by this ensemble. Attendance at all performances is expected. Some performances are during the school day but most are outside school hours. Both the “Evening Concert” and “Standards Assessments” categories will be graded during these performances.  Singing tests and music theory tests will also aid in achieving these standards.

     

    Daily Evaluations Points are earned at the Monday evening required rehearsal. This has been from 6:00 – 8:00 but is subject to change if the entire group chooses a different day and/or time.  These points can be made up after school in sectional practice if absences are approved in advance and arrangements made within one week of the missed rehearsal.

     

     

    You may receive EXTRA CREDIT for any of the following:

    • coordinate the distribution of robes
    • section leader
    • accompany a piece for the concert or contest
    • help decorate for our concert
    • make posters for our concert, find other ways of publicizing our event
    • other concert attendance with a written review/reaction paper and program or ticket stub:

                            – a Como instrumental music concert,

                            – another school’s choral concert

    – our Solo and Ensemble Recital

    – any serious music concert (symphony, opera, etc.) or music theatre

    • help coordinate fundraising activities
    • act as stage crew for the musical, play, coronations, pep fests, etc.

     

    See the “Performance and Rehearsal Dates” page for specific dates and times.

     

    CONTEST, HONOR CHOIR AND LETTERING INFORMATION

     

    To Letter in choir you must:

    1. successfully complete 4 semesters in any choir; and
    2. attend all concerts and competitions; and
    3. participate in at least one Solo and Ensemble contest;
    4. OR, be in any choir for four full years without missing any required events.

    To participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest you must:

    1. Be eligible to participate in Minnesota State High School League activities and events;
    2. Choose appropriate repertoire (songs) with Ms. Whitney;
    3. Learn and practice the piece(s) independently (Ms. Whitney will put the accompaniment on a

    link on a web-site for you to download or on a CD provided by you)

    1. Sign-up for and attend at least 4 coaching sessions, more if for an ensemble.
    2. Be available for contest, a joint rehearsal after school and a recital at Como in the evening. (There is a $20.00 accompanist fee. Singers may use their fundraising account.)  See the yellow “Calendar Page for specific dates and times.

    To participate in Ordway Honor Choir you must:

    1. Be in Mixed Choir, Advanced or Chamber Singers, Honors.
    2. Have all assignments current;
    3. Pass a basic music theory test;
    4. Conduct a live audition with an adjudicator in February;
    5. Be in good standing with other classes;
    6. Be available to attend ALL rehearsals - One in each of the two weeks preceding the concert ALL

    DAY during school, and the dress rehearsal as well as the concert at the Ordway.  (Singers will report to Como at approximately 5:15 PM that evening to leave by bus to the Ordway.) See the brightly colored “Calendar Page for specific dates and times.

    1. Be eligible to participate in Minnesota State High School League activities and events;

    To audition for All-State Choir you must:

    1. be selected to audition by Ms. Whitney;
    2. be eligible to participate in Minnesota State High School League activities and events;
    3. be available for both the camp in early August and the performance in mid-February;
    4. be a junior or sophomore.

     

     

    CONCERT DRESS

    How a choir looks affects the way it performs.  People listen differently to a smart looking ensemble. 

    In all choirs, we each buy a matching shirt that we use at various times during the year.  The cost has been less than $15.00. We also wear these shirts for some performances.  Fundraising opportunities will be available to pay for the shirt. 

     

    The following dress is required for all evening performances:

     

    Pops Concert:

    In all choirs, the choir shirt and tan or grey pants that are not jeans or sweat pants.

     

    Contest and formal concerts: EVERYONE needs black, closed toe dress shoes!

     

    Beginning Choirs:  Singers will wear black tops and bottoms that are dressy.  No jeans or casual t-shirts.  Black closed toe shoes are a MUST!! along with either black socks or neutral color nylons. Robes will be assigned for graduation.  See below for appropriate dress under robes.

    Don’t wait to discuss this with your family until the day before the concert!!!

    Sop/Alto Choir, Intermediate will dress in matching dresses provided by the choir and black, closed toe shoes provided by the singer.  Robes will be assigned for graduation.  See below for appropriate dress under robes.

    Mixed Choir, Advanced will wear robes.  Singers should look dressed up anywhere the robe doesn’t cover.  Black closed toe shoes are required, flats are strongly recommended, along with either black socks or neutral color nylons. The pants worn must be black (no jeans). Speak to Ms. Whitney immediately if these requirements present any difficulties.   Robes will be assigned individually.  Each member is responsible for his or her own robe.  After each use, it must be hung on its hanger and placed in the appropriate location in the robe closet.  Singers failing to do this will receive detention with Ms. Whitney during which they will clean out the robe closet.  Lost robes cost $100 and the student will be charged the full amount.

    Chamber Singers will have a variety of uniforms including robes, black slacks and black shoes and socks with a button style, long or three-quarter length sleeve shirt and colorful tie.

     

    Spring Concert:

    All singers wear the choir shirt and jeans. Shorts may be allowed if they come to the knee. Shoes must surround the heel but can be sandals, athletic shoes or dress shoes as the singer wishes.

     

    Graduation:

    All singers wear choir robes. Singers should look dressed up anywhere the robe doesn’t cover. Black closed toe shoes are required, flats are strongly recommended, along with either black socks or neutral color nylons. The pants worn must be black (no jeans). Speak to Ms. Whitney immediately if these requirements present any difficulties.   Robes will be assigned individually.  Each member is responsible for their own robe.  After each use, it must be hung on its hanger and placed in the appropriate location in the robe closet.  Singers failing to do this will receive detention with Ms. Whitney during which they will clean out the robe closet.  Lost robes cost $100 and the student will be charged the full amount.


     Music Department and Theater Performance Dates 2019-2020

    September 10, 2:30 PM          Tri M Induction Ice Cream Social & Meeting, Auditorium

     

    November 13                          Musical Dress Rehearsal during school hours, auditorium

    November 13, 14, 7:00 PM     Fall Musical, Chamber Singers and select others - auditorium

                                                    Rehearsals Mondays 5:00-8:00, 9/9 – 11/11, plus 11/12, 3:15-5:00

     

    December 16                           Period 2 rehearsal – all choirs, auditorium

    December 16, 7:00 PM           Choir Concert, auditorium

    December 20, all day              Choir elementary tour, meet in auditorium at 8:30.

     

    January 13-17 after school      Spring Play auditions (optional and open to all CPSHS students)

     

    February 20 after school         Vocal Solo recital rehearsal

    February 27, 7:00 PM             Vocal Solo Recital, auditorium

     

    March 5, after school              Vocal Solo & Ensemble Contest

    March 24, during school         Region 4AA Choir Contest: Concert Choir, Donna di Cantare

    March 12 & 13, 7:00 PM        spring play, auditorium (auditions week of Jan 27)

     

    April 14, during school           Region 4AA Choir Contest: S/A Choir, T/B Choir

    April 21, 6:30                         Ordway Honors Concert, rehearsals 4/9, 4/15, 4/21

     

    May 1                                      Period 2 rehearsal – all choirs, auditorium

    May 4, 7:00 PM                      Choir Concert, auditorium

    May 18, 7:00 PM                    Band and Orchestra Concert, auditorium

    May 27, 5:30 PM                    Band and Orchestra Awards Banquet, cafeteria

    May 28, 7:00 PM                    Chamber Singers Concert, auditorium

     

    June 1, 12:30 – 8:00 PM         Valleyfair: Band, Choir, Orchestra, Link Crew

    June ?, Graduation                  all choirs and band

     

    Call times for concerts (the time the singers arrive) are usually 1 ½ hours before an event.

     

    Please join the Remind Text communication program.  To receive messages via text, text the appropriate choir code to 81010. You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe the appropriate code. Trouble using 81010? Try texting the code to (520) 314-3934 instead.

    Or to receive messages via email, send an email to the appropriate code to  @mail.remind.com. To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

    Soprano/Alto Choir, Beginning: @4cdf4

    Tenor/Bass Choir, Beginning: @8dfdf

    Soprano/Alto, Intermediate: @767d7

    Mixed Choir, Advanced (Concert Choir): @5f8e8.  FB page Como Park Senior High Concert Choir

    Chamber Ensemble, Honors (Chamber Singers): @62ef8. FB page Como Park Senior High Honors

    Please “like” us on Facebook to see announcements and videos of previous concerts: Como Park Senior High School Choirs.

     

    Music Department and Theater Performance Dates 2019-2020

    Parent Signature page (see below)

    September 10, 2:30 PM        Tri M Induction Ice Cream Social & Meeting, Auditorium

    November 13                        Musical Dress Rehearsal during school hours, auditorium

    November 13, 14, 7:00 PM Fall Musical, Chamber Singers and select others - auditorium

                                                    Rehearsals Mondays 5:00-8:00, 9/9 – 11/11, plus 11/12, 3:15-5:00

    December 16                         Period 2 rehearsal – all choirs, auditorium

    December 16, 7:00 PM         Choir Concert, auditorium

    December 20, all day                       Choir elementary tour, meet in auditorium at 8:30.

    January 13-17 after school  Spring Play auditions (optional and open to all CPSHS students)

    February 20 after school     Vocal Solo recital rehearsal

    February 27, 7:00 PM           Vocal Solo Recital, auditorium

    March 5, after school                       Vocal Solo & Ensemble Contest

    March 24, during school     Region 4AA Choir Contest: Concert Choir, Donna di Cantare

    March 12 & 13, 7:00 PM      spring play, auditorium (auditions week of Jan 27)

    April 14, during school       Region 4AA Choir Contest: S/A Choir, T/B Choir

    April 21, 6:30                         Ordway Honors Concert, rehearsals 4/9, 4/15, 4/2

    May 1                                     Period 2 rehearsal – all choirs, auditorium

    May 4, 7:00 PM                     Choir Concert, auditorium

    May 18, 7:00 PM                   Band and Orchestra Concert, auditorium

    May 27, 5:30 PM                   Band and Orchestra Awards Banquet, cafeteria

    May 28, 7:00 PM                   Chamber Singers Concert, auditorium

    June 1, 12:30 – 8:00 PM        Valleyfair: Band, Choir, Orchestra, Link Crew

    June ?, Graduation               all choirs and band

    Call times (the time the singers arrive) are usually 1 ½ hours before an event.

    Please join the Remind Text communication program.  To receive messages via text, text the appropriate choir code to 81010. You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe the appropriate code. Trouble using 81010? Try texting the code to (520) 314-3934 instead.

    Or to receive messages via email, send an email to the appropriate code to  @mail.remind.com. To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

    Soprano/Alto Choir, Beginning: @4cdf4

    Tenor/Bass Choir, Beginning: @8dfdf

    Soprano/Alto, Intermediate: @767d7

    Mixed Choir, Advanced (Concert Choir): @5f8e8.  FB page Como Park Senior High Concert Choir

    Chamber Ensemble, Honors (Chamber Singers): @62ef8. FB page Como Park Senior High Honors

    Please “like” us on Facebook to see announcements and videos of previous concerts: Como Park Senior High School Choirs.

     Questions?   Carole Whitney, carole.whitney@spps.org 651-293-8800

    Please KEEP the above calendar for your household.  Return ONLY this portion.

    Student Name                                                                      Signature                                                   

    • Yes, I have read the CPHS Vocal Music Handbook and am aware of goals, expectations, procedures and the concert schedule for 2019-20 outlined within.

    Parent/Guardian signature                                                                                                      

    • Permission is granted for pictures or video images of the student to be used in connection with school and district events. NO student last names will be used.

    Parent/Guardian Signature