Lesson Plans
Choir 9-12 1st Q 09.10 Lesson Plans
Week: 11/02/2009 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
Announcements: We are trying a different way of voice skills testing this quarter. Rather than setting aside three days that utilize the entire choir period, we are using the last 18 minutes of class for eight consecutive days; taking one group each day. We will evaluate and get students' feedback after we finish. In other news, our special groups (Vocal Jazz, Boys' 50's, and Choralaires)have their holiday music all chosen and are hard at practicing. Veteran's day is around the corner and the choir will perform two pieces for that. A number of choir students are involved in the upcoming musical based on Dr. Seuss's books; musicals are a tremendous commitment. The music boosters are sponsoring a "dinner theatre" experience that we hope many people will take advantage of! The seniors voted to invite community and church singers to sing "The Hallelujah Chorus" with us again this year. We will get letters out to the neighboring churches and an announcement in the newspaper.
Voice Skills: We continued to practice the 7 Fundamentals of Singing last week and will again this week; even though the students are taking their voice skills and sight reading tests! Our emphasis this week will be on "energizing the sound up and over" and "sending the sound forward". Our Christmas music will require varying breath articulation styles so we will place emphasis on those as well as vowels and consonants.
Reading Skills: Because of limited rehearsal time due to the small group tests, we will not work this skill this week.
Music Analysis Skills: The students' portfolios are due at the end of class on Tuesday. They need to have completed 1 song analysis of their choice, the repertoire page, the title page, and 1 song study sheet of "I Saw Three Ships".
Repertoire: Our selections for Christmas include the following:
"I Saw Three Ships" We will start this piece this week.
"Ding Dong Merrily On High" This is our challenge piece for this concert. We are struggling with a particular page 8!This piece is great for improving breath articulation, singing runs and listening
"Star Carol" We will start this piece this week as well. This is a lovely study in chromaticism and legato phrasing and some difficult diction. "As Lately We Watched", an Austrian Carol is delightfully written; the students get such a charge out of learning it. It has a thick texture and something for every part of the choir! Memory will be on the docket for our two Veteran's Day selections.