Lesson Plans
Choir 2nd Q 06.07 Lesson Plans
Week: 11/27/2006 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
Announcements: What a lovely Thanksgiving Break! I hope all of you enjoyed your time with family and friends. Well the choir has to really make tracks in the next three weeks. The choir members are shy about bringing home the "Hallelujah Chorus" to parents... so if you want to sing with us at our concert on December 18th, give me a call and we'll get music to you. There is a practice at 6:30 that night in the choir room. Special groups will meet at their usual times this week. Everyone is up to speed on their portfolios now, so we'll get the new theory, song analysis, and listening critique sheets out to them. No doubt they'll be dancing with joy over that.
Music: We are continuing on the "Hallelujah Chorus" step by step. We are not going to memorize it. When the community adults join us we will make spaces so our guests will be among our choir sections and we sing 'together'.
We have three pieces that are acapella, and we'll spend a lot of time on those this week: "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head", "Jazz Gloria", and "As Lately We Watched". We will do some sectionals again with the older students leading some practice sections.
Voice Skills: We continue with the "magnificent 7" (body stance, breath energy, mouth opening,inner smile, vowel shapes, sound placement, and energy for'up and over') In the meantime, we are moving on to the "fabulous four" for this quarter. Right now we are working on vowel shaping and how it relates to resonance. Also we are working with listening for 'in-tune' singing. Eventually we will be doing some 'anatomy' and look at breath and vocal anatomy of the human body
Theory: The level one students are working with CMajor yet, but with more difficult rhythms and the addition of sharps and flats. Level 2 is doing the same with the key of GMajor. And level 3 is adding the minor scales that go with their 3 major keys (C,G, and F) Together we are working with singing chromatic scales, and getting more proficient at singing intervals.
Song Analyis and Listening Evaluations: The song analysis at this point in the quarter is done as a group with the use of overhead transparencies. This week we'll concentrate on harmony. There are some interesting contrasts in the pieces we have: polyphony, countermelodies, descants, and chords. Most of the pieces demonstrate the concept of variation as well.