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

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

    1. The Rhythm Reader Levels 2– Audrey Snyder
    2. Vocalize! – Andy Beck
    3. Warm Ups & Work Outs Volumes 1 and 2 – Emily Crocker
    4. Masterworks Press Sight Reader for Unison/Cambiata Choirs
    5. Sing Legato– Kenneth Jennings
    6. 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

    Sight Singing

    Melodic reading

    Rhythmic reading

    Review of familiar literature

    Introduction of new material


    Grades will be calculated using the following system:


             Summative 70%

    • Written Tests
    • In School Performances
    • Evening Performances (December, January and May)
    • Individual Performance Assessment (audio recordings etc.)

             Formative 30%

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


    Other important items specific to this course include performances.



    Evening concerts are a requirement of this class.  Three performances have been scheduled.  Your child should have them marked in his planner.

             Holiday Concert ~ December 

             Winter Concert ~ January 

             Spring Concert ~ May


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