Lesson Plans
Choir 9-12 2nd Q 09.10 Lesson Plans
Week: 01/04/2010 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
Announcements: Happy New Year! We will hit the ground running this week. We have chosen our two contest selections and all four Pops concert selections. We will work diligently on our skills since we are down to three weeks left of the quarter. We will devote choir time to some written work the next two weeks and a voice skills test during finals week. The Boys' 50's, Vocal Jazz, and Choralaires will finalize their selections this week when they meet at their scheduled times. We will be going over the Barbershop music these next two weeks with the students. This coming weekend is the Dorian festival at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. We have 6 students attending and we will meet on Tuesday and Friday of this week.
Voice Skills: As the quarter has progressed we have focused on the first three of what I call "The Five Fundamentals for Choral Singing": Blend/Breath Energy, Resonance, and Intonation. This week we will continue those three, and add Attacks/Releases/Diction. The students will receive study guides that include breath anantomy, breathing process, larynx structure, and vocal tract anatomy. This information will be on the written test which they will take at the end of week 8.
Listening Skills: We are still waiting on a copy of our recording from the concert so we can do some self-analysis. These listening forms are in our portfolios
Analysis: We are going to introduce our first contest piece this week; "Lux Beatissima". This group effort with analysis will focus on harmony, Latin text, rhythm patterns, and form. Careful, slow analysis at the outset of learning the piece pays huge dividends in the long run. With contest pieces we use a wholistic approach after the overview; meaning we tackle all aspects of the piece one page or section at a time.
Repertoire: Besides the new contest piece we will work on Close to You and We Are the World.