Lesson Plans
Chorus 7-8 1st Q 09.10 Lesson Plans
Week: 09/21/2009 Instructor: Constance Knott Academics
Announcements: We are officially up and running in the new junior high choir. We are going to formally call the group "Charger Chorus"
We have established goals, job descriptions, responsibilities, and our working environment as well as reflected on how music can improve our well being and lives. Mrs. Knott shared the procedures and grading for this class, as well as her philosophy of music to be learned. This information can be found on the school website.The first week we did interviews in pairs, a scavenger signature hunt, and some preliminary singing. Last week we finished voice testing of all 72 students and introduced the first song we will be working on. We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays every week with all 7th and 8th graders.
Goals for Week 3: On Tuesday we will get everyone seated in the new seating chart, according to voice placement. We will continue work on the first piece introduced last week, and introduce a second selection. We may also delve into the possibility of working a boys only piece and a girls only piece. Pride and effort will be our daily goals as we aim to live up to our job descriptions. The teacher's goals include lively give and take in question and answer setting
Repertoire: We are doing intial steps on a piece "Free and Glad to Be Me" This is an upbeat, uptempo easy listening type pop piece by Don Besig and Nancy Price. We will analyze and work rhythms, text, emotional content, and notes in the first half. We will introduce a second piece entitled "May the Joy of Music Fill the Air" This is an adaptation of a canon from the Renaissance by Thomas Tallis. This piece will be analyzed and worked from the standpoint of harmonies, phrasing, canon style, and text.
Singing Skills: Our emphasis throughout this quarter will be on breathing, alignment and posture, breath flow into sound flow, and relaxation of the body as we experiment with vowels.
Reading Skills: This week and in the weeks to come, we will be concentrating solely on the key of C, reviewing the use of do-re-mi for sight reading, and practicing intervals and rhythms.