Lesson Plans
9-12 Concert Choir 3rd Q 09.10 Lesson Plans
Week: 02/01/2010 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
Announcements:Students did a very nice job on their semester final. Only a few students took advantage of opportunities to do makeup work for daily absences or missing the concert. Students are able to contract for a grade in choir, so their grade is truly in their hands. We are counting down the number of days until our Variety Show/Pops Concert on the 8th.Students will be bringing home a summary of how the concert will feature a different format this year: pie and ice cream before the concert from 6:45-7:30 with soloists providing entertainment, followed by the concert at 7:30 This week and next are also targeted for firming up solos and ensembles for small group contest and starting to get materials to each of the participants
#1 Firm up memory of Close to You, Lion Sleeps Tonight, Summer Lovin'(replete with choreography)discuss costumes, dress,props concert format and order.
#2 Vocal Jazz, Boys'50's, and Choralaires polish up their pieces.
#3 Continue analysis of contest song "Whether Men" and work the music of first contest piece "Lux Beatissima"
#4 Determine which altos and tenors will assist with set up and take down of the Pops concert
VOICE SKILLS:3rd Quarter our topics are called: "Bringing a Song to Life: Four Fundamentals of Interpretation" Presently we are working hard to get correct breath articulation as the song requires, and putting all the concepts of text together(diction/vowels/resonance). Discovering how to get resonance in the voice is an ongoing process that each individual singer has to accomplish. We will go back to our study guides and continue work on 'breathing process' 'vocal process' and the anatomy diagrams. We will have a shorter test in a couple of weeks.
ANALYSIS SKILLS: Our analysis work this week will focus on our second contest piece: "Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep". We have done one day only so far. Our points of entry are form, rhythms, text, and how the combinations of variation in harmony are used.
LISTENING SKILLS: Depending how the week goes, on Friday we may do our annual placement on the risers evaluations for optimum sound and blend