Choir/Hand Bell Syllabus /Practice Tracks
Instructor: Mr. Toby Lambert-761-1517
Class Meeting: B Days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday?) (note: this is subject to change with schedule still in progress).
Materials for class:
1. Any music equipment (gloves, etc...)
2. Folder with music
4. Google Class: 6th Grade Choir ( sbfkaym ) or 7th-8th Grade Choir ( mceeq3j )
No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety or well being of others. Students will be treated respectfully, firmly, and fairly
Other class procedures that will be expected are:
1. No food, gum or drink in the classroom.
2. Do not play other people’s instruments (many serious diseases such as
mono, colds, flu, and pneumonia can be passed between people through sharing instruments, even if the instrument has not been used in days).
Consequences will be the step system of “Knights Code of Conduct”
1.Stand away from group 2. Stand away from group (with warning)
3. Report to SRC Rm (follow that procedure) 4. Referral to Administration
Grades are based on:
-Attendance-50pts of 100 Points a week
-Performance ability-50pts of 100 Points a week
-Singing Test/Auditions-100 Points
-Practice Charts-35 Points each
-Additional activities-50-100 Points each
-Concert Grade-250 pts
Attendance: You are required to be in class, on time with all of the materials needed except in
excused absences (an excused absent is family emergency, sickness, school activities,
approved family trip (with a letter from a parent)). If you are late to class without a pass in hand you will not earn attendance grade (10pts per day). You are to be at all concerts (no excuses). Failure to attend concerts will result in not earning your concert points (student will be having to make-up the concert). If they do not complete the make-up concert by the end of the quarter, they will not be remaining with the group after the quarter is over. Remember, music is a performance and it requires everyone to make it happen.
Forget your materials/music: You will not be able to earn your participation points (10 pts). I
combine performance ability with attendance for a weekly grade worth 100 Points. If
you forget to bring your instrument or music, I mark that as a no instrument day (you
need to make a phone call home). You will not be able to earn your participation points
for the day (10 pts). If you forget your instrument/music 3 times during the quarter,
you will be choosing to have a SRC. So remember your materials.
Performance ability: I realize that each of you play and understand music at different
levels. I am looking for improvement in your own playing based on your own technical and musical ability. If you show interest, dedication (including practicing), and are always giving 100% effort, you will get an A in this category. You will be doing two auditions a year for a grade as well (one for each semester).
Practice charts: Practice charts are due weekly (filled out properly, or you will not receive any pts.). They are worth up to 35 pts (5 pts for every 20 minutes of practice). In other words:
0-19 min-5pts, 20-39 min-10pts, 40-59 min-15pts, 60-79 min-20pts
80-99 min-25pts 100-119 min- 30pts 120+min-35pts
NOTE: no practice charts are grade if turned in after the final due day (normally last day of the quarter at 2:30PM). Yes, I don’t take them after 2:30 PM.-Check my website or newsletter for final turn in times.
Additional activities: These are the following items that you will be doing:
-Auditions Singing Test -Worksheets -Projects -Tests
Extra Credit: With each extra credit, you must see me for instruction on your project (you can also propose additional projects).
-Attending professional concerts (with program).
-Helping out around the classroom.
-Performing community service (ie. playing for a nursing home).
-Research a musical topic and give a presentation.
Each extra credit is worth 25 points each.
Concert requirements: Concert dates are listed on the following sheet. All concerts are
required because they are the “tests” for this class (like a test for any other class)
(see “Attendance”). Concerts will be grade as well (besides an Attendance grade)
in the following method (out of 250 pts):
1. Attendance (showing up, getting there in time): 50 pts
2. Dress (black and white): 50 pts
3. Posture and stage presents: 50 pts
4. Warming up (being there and warming-up): 50 pts
5. Listening to other performance group: 50 pts
There will be no passes to a classroom for regular class help. If you need to stay in the classroom, you will have to bring a pass from the teacher at the beginning of the class. No pass, no go! Please note, I have the right not
approve a pass to another class (even with a note from a teacher) if you have
not keeping up in class.
Going back into effect-As for regular passes (for things like using the restroom, nurse), you will be given 5 passes for each quarter (when they are used up, there are no more till the next quarter). This is going back into effect due to over use of passes last year and that students need to be in class to learn, not be wandering the building. Student can use them for what they need BUT when they are used up, they are used up till the next quarter starts. You will be require to sign out before using the classroom pass.
COVID 19 issues:
I will be still maintain an enhance cleaning in the room (chairs, stands, lockers, etc..), use the air filters that we bought last year during class, possilby keep doors open to let fresh air in and try to space people out a little if I can do it. If school is “shut down” due to an out break, then we will be having zoom classes during the normal class time each day. Zoom links will be posted in google classroom and attendance is manadory (just like attend school in person). Links/times for zoom classes will be post in google classroom. Students need to sign up and have access to google classroom.
Concerts/performances will still be aimed at on the dates given but they may have to move a little as needed. I will send out communication to families if changes occur.Click here for 2023-2024 Choir Syllabus2023-2024 Practice choir tracksFall Choir Audition is the Star Spangled Banner (in Bb) (which is the singing test for all choir students).Warm-Up: Mi, Meh, Mah, Mo, Mou:Mi Me Mah Mo Mou warm upWarm-Up: Do Solfedge Scale: Do Scale warm upWarm-Up: Do Chord (Do, Mi, Sol): Do Chord warm upWarm-up: Intervals (in Solfedge): Interval warm upWarm-up: Groups of 3's (in Solfedge): Group of 3's warm upStar Spangled Banner (in Bb) (singing test): Star Spangled Banner Singing TestTracks for Sept. 18, 2023 Fall ConcertMusic Spread Thy Voice Around Soprano: Music Spread Thy Voice Around SopranoMusic Spread Thy Voice Around Alto: Music Spread Thy Voice Around AltoInto the West Soprano: Into the West SopranoInto the West Alto: Into the West AltoChariot's Comin Soprano: Chariot's Comin SopranoChariot's Comin Alto: Chariot's Comin AltoChariot's Comin Descant (at measure 106 on page 10): Chariot's Comin DescantWe want to Sing Soprano: We want to Sing SopranoWe want to Sing Alto: We want to Sing AltoTracks for Nov. 20, 2023 Holiday ConcertMusic Spread Thy Voice Around Soprano: Music Spread Thy Voice SopranoMusic Spread Thy Voice Around Alto: Music Spread Thy Voice AltoPick A Bale of Cotton Soprano: Pick a Bale of Cotton SopranoPick A Bale of Cotton Alto: Pick a Bale of Cotton AltoThe Simplest Things Soprano: The Simplest Things SopranoThe Simplest Things Alto: The Simplest Things AltoTuxedo Junction Soprano: Tuxedo Junction SopranoTuxedo Junction Alto: Tuxedo Junction AltoHonor Choir Auditions:America the Beautiful Soprano: American the Beautiful Soprano Audition testAmerica the Beautiful Alto: America the Beautiful Alto Audition testHONOR CHOIR AUDIO TRACKS TO PRACTICE