• The major content topics of this course are:

     Choral singing technique

    1. Posture
    2. Breathing
    3. Vowel Formation
    4. Diction
    5. Pitch matching
    6. Intonation
    7. Blend and Balance
    8. Phrasing

    Sight-Singing (Singing unfamiliar music at sight without help from the teacher)

    1. Recognition of clef
    2. Recognition of lines and spaces
    3. Incorporation of Solfeggio to sing pitch
    4. Incorporation of syllabic system to perform rhythms at sight


    1. Basic terminology to identify elements of the staff
    2. Basic terminology to identify expression markings
    3. Basic terminology to evaluate the performance of music

     Rehearsal Skills

    1. Routines that are conducive to the success of the choir
    2. Routines that are conducive to individual learning

     Performance Skills (appropriate protocol on and off the stage for choir members)

     The major skills objectives of this course are:

    1. Develop a singing posture that supports an age appropriate singing voice
    2. Develop control of all muscles involved in the production of our singing voice
    3. Develop listening skills that enhance blend and balance within the choir
    4. Perform sight-singing while demonstrating accurate rhythmic and pitch awareness
    5. Develop a vocabulary that allows the student to communicate specific personal preferences and critics about music to others in a meaningful way
    6. Develop musical independence

    Learning resources utilized this year will include, but are not limited to:

    1. The Rhythm Reader Levels 1 and 2– Audrey Snyder
    2. Vocalize! – Andy Beck
    3. Warm Ups & Work Outs Volumes 1 and 2 – Emily Crocker
    4. Singing Tongue Twisters a-z– Brian Kane
    5. Various videos and listening examples of singers and choirs

    Major activities in daily classroom instruction will consist of:

    Group Warm-up

    1. Physical stretch and warm-up
    2. Call and response tonal patterns
    3. Counting exercises
    4. Breathing exercises
    5. Vocal exercises

    Melodic Sight-reading

    Rhythm Sight-reading

    Review of Familiar Literature

    Introduciton of new material 


    Grades will be calculated using the following system:

                Summative 70%

    • Written Tests
    • In School Performance Assessment
    • Evening Concert Assessment (December and May concerts)
    • Individual Performance Assessment (audio recordings etc.)

                Formative 30%

    • Student Activity/Written Work
    • Quizzes
    • Weekly/Daily Performance Assessment



    Evening concerts are a requirement of this class, one in December and one in May  

    I do understand that some of these performances will take place during the busiest times of the year; however, they are the culmination of what your child has worked on for many months.  Please make these events a priority.  Participation in the two school concert performances will be counted as a major test grade, but more importantly, your child will be so excited to perform for YOU!  The Dorney trip is a privilege earned by those students that demonstrate excellent participation throughout the year and perform in the two school concerts.


    If you have any questions about this class, do not hesitate to e-mail me at john.bell@bsd.k12.de.us