• Syllabus

    COURSE OBJECTIVES: The major objective of choir is to learn how to sing various styles and genres of music following the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills.

    The course of study includes the following major topics:

    1. The technical Skill of singing Bel Canto and other styles as appropriate to repertoire

    2. The knowledge of music literacy: how to read and interpret music symbols

    3. The technical skill of sight-reading; using Curwen hand signs, rhythmic counting system and audiation

    4. The performance of music literature representing different eras (and their inherent style): Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century and contemporary periods

    5. The preparation for district, region auditions and resultant choir/clinic opportunities and UIL events

    6. The performance of four Curriculum Concerts and other performances


    METHODOLOGY: Each Nine Weeks Except where Noted:


    1. Develop vocal range, skills such as: long, round, tall vowels; consonants; phrasing; syllabic stress; expressive singing etc.

    2. Introduction and sequenced learning of music theory and solfege

    3. Sight-reading and Audiation

    4. Score Analysis

    5. Analyzing and application of dynamics, tempo consideration, and music elements

    6. Learn attributes of music periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Contemporary

    7. Analyze and learn/ rehearse 9 weeks repertoire

    8. Small and large ensemble techniques

    9. Concert preparation

    10. Concert and Rehearsal Etiquette

    11. Prepare for Region Auditions (1st and 2nd 9 weeks)

    12. Prepare/Perform Region Clinic and Concert

    13. Four Curriculum concerts and other performances

    14. Prepare for Pre UIL and UIL events: Concert and Sight-reading; Solo and Ensemble

    15. Reflections rubrics and evaluations

    16. Tests and formal essays


    Grading Policy

    Grades are not given, they are earned. Your student’s grade in choir is determined by two key factors:

    Daily Grade- 60%

    Performances, Tests, and Projects- 40%


    Daily Grade

    The daily grade is based on rehearsal preparation, written assignments, score studies, part evaluations, folder checks, extra rehearsals*, and performance of daily expectations (see Daily Rubric on page 7). In the event of an absence, it is the responsibility of the student to make up any missed assignments or quizzes.


    Performances, Tests, and Projects

    ALL CONCERTS ARE REQUIRED. Concerts are an important part of what we do as musicians. All choir members are expected to perform. Failure to attend and perform in a concert may result in a failing grade for the nine weeks. Absences and tardiness will be excused in the case of a medical emergency or a death in the family only. Conflicts with extra-curricular activities, or lack of transportation WILL NOT BE EXCUSED. Performances are assessed on the following: punctuality, memorization, intonation, and musicality (see Performance Rubric on page 5). In addition to our concerts, we will have memorization tests, sight reading tests, and music theory and vocabulary tests.

    *Extra Rehearsals

    Choir students may have extra rehearsals at the discretion of the director. At least two weeks’ notice will be given if an after school rehearsal is required.



    Daily Rubric for Choir

    The following items are graded on a scale of 1 – 10, in which 1 is Never and 10 is Always.


    1. Student exhibits correct singing posture and breath control


    2. Student is focused on warm-ups and vocalizing to improve overall singing


    3. Student sings correct pitches and sings in-tune


    4. Student sight-reads music with correct Curwen hand signs and syllables


    5. Student sings with beat competency and rhythmic accuracy (1 e + a, system)


    6. Student demonstrates technical skill in singing


    7. Student sings with musicianship and artistry


    8. Student participates meaningfully in classroom rehearsals


    9. Student works well in small groups


    10. Student comes to class prepared, and is focused throughout the lesson/rehearsal



    Performance Rubric for Choir

    The following items are graded on a scale of 1 -10 in which 1 is Never and 10 is Always.


    1. Tuning/Intonation Accuracy


    2. Beat/Rhythmic/Meter Accuracy


    3. Characteristic Vowel Production


    4. Characteristic Consonant Production


    5. Syllabic Stress Accuracy


    6. Dynamics


    7. Music Score Accuracy


    8. Posture/Breath Support/Vocal Production


    9. Phrasing

    10. Overall Musicality/Effect