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    Instructor: Mr. Toby Lambert-761-1517       


    Class Meeting: Monday-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

                3. Pencil


    Classroom expectations:

                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


    Grading system:

                Grades are based on:

                            -Attendance-50pts of 100 Points a week

                            -Performance ability-50pts of 100 Points a week

                            -Sing 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 have to make-up the concert).  If they
            do not complete the make-up concert, 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:  I combine performance ability with attendance for a weekly

    grade worth 100 Points.  If you forget to bring your materials or music, I mark that as

    a no instrument day (you need to make a call home).  You will not be able to earn your
                participation points (10 pts). 
    SRC’s will be used for continuously not bringing stuff to class.


    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.


    As for emergency passes (for things like using the restroom), you will be given  
    passes for each quarter (when they are used up, there are no more till next quarter).   
                You will be require to sign out before using the classroom pass.  

      COVID 19 issues: This school year is trying to get back to normal school year, but COVID is long way from being removed from our world.  So, 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.  Assignments will be modified at that point to accommodate grading during a COVID event.


    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.   This also might include adjusting how many people can come to a concert for spacing if needed.  

    I will be following what the district tells schools what to do along with what CMS admistration expects in a COVID event.  My hope is that we will never deals with this but my gut tells me that we will be dealing with some form or another with COVID.

    Click here for 2021-2022 Choir Syllabus
    Feb. 8, 2022 Winter Concert traks:
    God Bless America Soprano: God Bless America Soprano
    God Bless America Alto: God Bless America-Alto
    John Henry Soprano: John Henry-Soprano
    John Henry Alto: John Henry-Alto
    The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls Soprano: Tide Rises-Soprano
    The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls Alto: Tide Rises-Alto
    The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls Descant part (measure 57): Tide Rises-Descant
    Play For Me a Simple Melody Unison part (beg to pg. 6): Simple Melody-Unison (beg to pg. 6)
    Play For Me a Simple Melody-Part 1 (letter C): Simple Melody-Part 1 at letter C
    Play For Me a Simple Melody-Part 2 (letter C): Simple Melody-Part 2 at letter C
    Play For Me a Simple Melody-Part 3 (letter C): Simple Melody-Part 3 at letter C
    Nov. 22, 2021 Holiday concert tracks:
    This Train Soprano: This Train Soprano
    This Train Alto: This Train Alto
    Tatkovina Soprano: Tatkovina Soprano
    Tatkovina Alto: Tatkovina Alto
    Tatkovina Solo part (at measure 13): Tatkovina Solo part
    Sweet Home Chicago Soprano: Sweet Home Chicago Soprano
    Sweet Home Chicago Alto: Sweet Home Chicago Alto
    Fall 2021 choir tracks
    Fall Choir Audition is the Star Spangled Banner (in Bb) (which is the singing test for all choir students).  More music tracks coming.
    Warm-Up: Mi, Meh, Mah, Mo, Mou and Do Scale (in solfedge): Warm-Up
    Star Spangled Banner (in Bb): SSB
    -------------------HOLIDAY MUSIC TRACKS-----------------------------------------
    Warm-Up: Mi, Meh, Mah, Mo, Mou and Intervals: Warm-up
    X-Mas: Angel We Have Heard on High: Angels
    X-Mas: We Three Kings: Three Kings
    X-Mas: Hark, The Herald Angels Sing: Hark
    Warm-Up: Mi, Meh, Mah, Mo, Mou and Groups of Threes: Warm-Up
     ----------------I AM LEAVING THIS, I MIGHT USE THIS THIS YEAR----------------
    Pops 2020 Choir Concert (April 28)-Practice for Scarborough, Life is a Highway, African Sky, Boy in the Bubble, Lake Shore Drive and Home From Frozen 2
    Scarborough Fair: Soprano: Scarborough Soprano
    Scarborough Fair: Alto: Scarborough Alto
    Life is a Highway: Soprano:Life is a Highway Soprano
    Life is a Highway: Alto: Life is a Highway Alto
    African Sky: Paul Simon part (mostly for men): African Sky P. Simon part
    African Sky: Linda Ronstead part (mostly for women): African Sky L. Ronstead
    Boy in the Bubble: Soprano: Boy in the Bubble Soprano
    Boy in the Bubble: Alto: Boy in the Bubble Alto
    Lake Shore Drive: Soprano: Lake Shore Drive Soprano
    Lake Shore Drive: Alto: Lake Shore Drive Alto
    Frozen 2 Home Outtake: Soprano: Frozen 2 Home Soprano
    Frozen 2 Home Outtake: Alto: Frozen 2 Home Alto
    Graceland Soundtrack: The Boy in the Bubble: The Boy in the Bubble-original
    Graceland Soundtrack: Under African Skies: Under African Skies-original
    Lake Shore Drive:Lake Shore Drive-original
    Honor Choir Auditions: 
    America the Beautiful with C scale: Soprano Audition: America Soprano
    America the Beautiful with A scale: Alto Audition: America Alto
    HONOR CHOIR AUDIO TRACKS TO PRACTICE (Due to covid, we have not had honor choir-if we have it for 2021-2022, we are using this music):
    The Beat of a Different Drum for Soprano: Beat of Drum Sop part
    The Beat of a Different Drum for Soprano Small Group: Beat of Drum Sop Small Group
    The Beat of a Different Drum for Alto Part: Beat of Drum Alto
    The Beat of a Different Drum for Alto Small Group: Beat of Drum Alto Small Group
    Hava Nashira: Soprano 1: Hava Nashira Sop. 1 Part
    Hava Nashira: Soprano 2: Hava Nashira: Soprano 2 Part
    Hava Nashira: Alto/Baritone: Hava Nashira: Alto/Bar Part
    Zombie Jamboree: Soprano 1: Zombie Jamboree: Soprano 1 Part
    Zombie Jamboree: Soprano 2: Zombie Jamboree: Soprano 2 Part
    Zombie Jamboree: Alto/Bar: Zombie Jamboree: Alto/Bar part
    Zombie Jamboree: Small Group: Zombie Jamboree Small Group Part
    Turn the World Around: Soprano 1: Turn the World Around Soprano 1 Part
    Turn the World Around: Soprano 2: Turn the World Around: Soprano 2 Part
    Turn the World Around: Alto/Bar: Turn the World Around Alto/Bar Part
    Alaska Flag Song: Soprano 1: Alaska Flag Song: Soprano 1 Part
    Alaska Flag Song: Soprano 2: Alaska Flag Song: Soprano 2 Part
    Alaska Flag Song: Alto/Bar: Alaska Flag Song: Alto/Bar Part
Last Modified on November 18, 2021