Lesson Plans
9-12 Concert Choir 3rd Q 09.10 Lesson Plans
Week: 03/15/2010 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
Announcements: Large Group Contest is on Tuesday, March 16 in Pipestone. The band performs in the morning and the choir performs in the afternoon.
This week special groups will meet as usual. BIG PUSH THIS WEEK: Get all solos, duets and ensembles on firm footing. All lesson times will meet as scheduled.In addition,we will start using choir time for groups and individuals to rehearse with adult accompanist volunteers. We have a large number of participants again this year.
New Repertoire: Our challenge piece for the spring concert will be by Bach. It is his 325th birthday this month. "Sheep May Safely Graze" will take a concentrated effort on the choir's part. Our gospel piece will be "You'll Never Walk Alone", our audience participation piece will be "Hava Nagila", and our Caribbean piece is "Turn the World Around". So we will have fun introducing these songs this week.
Voice skills: We will move into Quarter Four Concepts:Fundamentals for Personal Best Singing: Using Your Whole Self.
Abdomen: high sternum, low breaths: managed and articulated
Mouth: shape vowels, articulate consonants, space inside,relaxed jaw.
Throat: open, relaxed,lifted soft palate.
Ears: listen for accurate chords, intervals, onsets, releases
Head: sound comes up and over the back of the head, be aware of resonance chambers
Eyes and Heart: know the meaning of the text, its message, determine phrasing, deliver dynamic contrast, and the style of singing required by the style of the song.
Theory and Sightreading:Start doing some exercises again with the Carole Krueger book
Analysis: We will be listenng to ourselves on Monday.Starting Thursday we will do an analysis of Sheep May Safely Graze, and an overview of Turn the World Around.