Lesson Plans
Choir 1st Q 07.08 Lesson Plans
Week: 10/29/2007 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics

Getting Started on Christmas Music

After spending two days sight reading music and getting some suggestions from seniors, as well as taking a vote on whether to sing The Hallelujah Chorus with community members the following repertoire has been selected:
1. Be Not Afraid
2. Now it is Christmas Time
3. Still the Holiest Night
4. Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light
5. The Hallelujah Chorus
6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Voice Skills Quarter One

A great deal of time and practice has been devoted to the following skills:
1. Breathing; how to use the body, and abdominal muscles to sing.
We have practiced getting the diaphragm muscle engaged with singing.
2. Posture
3. Breath energy into the sound; getting the idea of sound going up and over
the back of the head.
4. Vowels and how to produce them for a choral sound
5. Keeping the neck and throat open and relaxed as you sing.

Theory Skills and Reading Skills

Primarily we have focused on reading notes with solfege syllables (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) in the keys of C and G. More recently we have turned our attention to chromatic note reading (sharps and flats) and singing in tune with intervals and chromatic scales. We have also begun reading three and four part pieces by sight (as opposed to hearing the notes played on the piano first)

Listening Skills and Interpretive Skills

A distinct and huge advantage to having an attentive and mature group such as this one is their ability to learn from each other. There is a willingness to give ideas and suggestions and do comparative listening and evaluating as we work the music.

Special Groups Underway
All three groups are currently working and preparing for Christmas. The vocal jazz group has 18 members, the Choralaires has 15, and the Boys 50s has 14.
Music This Week: We will concentrate on our Veteran's Day piece, "Battle Hymn of the Republic", and continue careful scrutiny and learning of our Christmas Pieces. We will begin slow analysis and note learning of the Bach,the Handel, and the Swedish Christmas carol.
Voice Skills: This week will be a time of summary and practice of the concepts we have emphasized the last eight weeks (see above). The students will work on a study sheet, and we will put them into practice as we do music learning.
Reading and Theory Skills: REview and practice in the keys of C and G, chromatic scales, and part singing in the same keys.
Analysis Skills: We will work on an analysis of "Battle Hymn".