Lesson Plans
9-12 Concert Choir 3rd Q 09.10 Lesson Plans
Week: 03/08/2010 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
Announcements: Contest is a week away. We had a good session with our clinician last Thursday. This week we will polish and refine.
Special groups meet as scheduled this week. Solos and ensembles continue, adult accompanists will start to come during choir to work with the students. On Thursday of this week we will again go to the gym to sing from risers. The students have displayed outstanding maturity and attention as we have prepared for contest.
Singing Skills: Our concepts this quarter are "Bringing a Song to Life: Four Fundamentals of Interpretation". The students have worked diligently on energizing the breath, using good diction/vowels/resonance, energizing the rhythms, and phrasing for dynamics and textual meaning. This week our main focus will be on diction/vowels/resonance, and phrasing for dynamics and textual meaning.
Repertoire: Our contest music needs memory and perfecting: excellent entrances and cutoffs, consonants, meaningful dynamic contrast, phrasing that brings out the text, tall resonant vowels. The students will strive to become the "character of the piece" to make the interpretation come alive.
NEW: Introduce "Turn the World Around", and "Hava Nagila" Share with them our Bach piece, and "You'll Never Walk Alone" (which is on order) Hopefully we can get audience participation on Hava Nagila-- didn't everyone learn that in junior high?!?!?
Music Analysis: The students have their two analysis sheets which are due at the beginning of week nine. One is question guided for O Lux Beatissima and the other for Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep. I will guide some analysis of Turn the World Around later in the week.
NEW: The format we use for working our contest pieces now becomes student collaborative; student imput will be sought and followed as we work to make our singing very expressive and meaningful on our contest selections
Music Reading Skills: We have not done formal music reading practices of late; and will not again until contest is behind us. However, reading will take place as we begin the two previously mentioned pieces