Lesson Plans
Choir 3rd Q 06.07 Lesson Plans
Week: 03/19/2007 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
ANNOUNCEMENTS: We are presently doing a fundraiser. Its our second one this year. Please encourage your son/daughter to sell some of the products on the one-page brochure. The choir is low in funds compared to the band and the music boosters. We have a trip slated for Spring 2008. These trips are expensive. It costs about $300 to take one student. The choir alone needs to chip in $10,000. Two weeks until contest!! Girls need black shoes. Boys need black shoes, black pants, black socks, white shirt. Contest is on Saturday, March 31st in Luverne. This week will include listening/evaluating/recording; so obviously we are honing our listening skills. Each section of the choir will stand on the risers and sing their section of the 2 pieces for the rest of the choir to listen. Students taking ensembles or solos to contest really ought to have the music learned well at this time. Solo/Ensemble Contest is in a month - - April 16th, at Fulda. Students who come to their lessons consistently of course do better, so encourage your son/daughter to remember his/her lesson time! Special groups will rehearse as usual this week. Because this quarter entails both a concert and a contest, we will not be doing paper work. Grades are the 'daily grades' and concert participation. Students will want to get their makeup work done this week.
Music: We have "Music Be the Food of Love" pretty well in hand; dynamics need to be touched up a bit. With "Loch Lomond", we're making good progress. We are going to begin rehearsing "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit", and "Turn the World Around"
Listening Skills: As mentioned above, this will be a top priority for us this week.
Music Reading Skills: We will apply these skills in our new pieces.
Voice Skills: We continue to focus on the importance of "phrasing" (giving shape and interest to the musical line). We stress getting the sound to 'spin', stay supported to the end, while keeping it light, and adding 'ring' (resonance). We continue to emphasize good vowel sounds and diction.