Choral Music & Music Appreciation
1. Students will warm ups using proper technique:
2. Students sing accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges, alone and in small and large ensembles.
Students will sing a range of notes with good breath control, alone.
Students will sing a range of notes with good breath control, with a group.
3. Students will sing selections from different genres with the expression that is appropriate for the work. The selections will be provided by the instructor. Gospel, classical, contemporary, R and B.
4. Students will sing music written in two parts, individually and as part of a group.
5. Students will sing music representing a genre selected by the instructor from memory.
6. Exam. Students will be given a demonstration exam prepared by the instructor.
Standard 2 Harmonies and Melodies
1. Students will receive instruction about harmony for singers
2. Watch “Singers sing in harmony”
4. Watch: “Joshua and walls of Jericho” -Grambling Choir
3. Students will get classroom time to practice a song given by their instructor in three part harmony, with emphasis on: Tone quality, intonation and articulation.
4. Standard Exam: Students will sing in duets, trios or quartets and demonstrate their ability to harmonize.
Standard 3 Improvisation
1. Students will receive instruction about improvisation
2. Watch Improvisation demonstration: Joey Blake Bobby McFarrin
3. Watch: “Let’s squish our fruit together” – A grocery store improvisation
4. Standard Exam: Student will try their hand at improvisations in groups of two or more, with topics of other own or with one assigned by the instructor.
Standard 4 Composition of a song
1. Students will be shown how poems and translated into songs.
2. Watch: “What is love?” – Watch the words of the poem.
3. Watch: “Dance with my father again.” Discuss the poem in the song with the class.
4. Your teacher will collect poems from members of the class and will suggest a melody.
5. Even some religious songs often come from the bible. If you want to participate choose a bible scripture and set it to music. -Just one verse. (You not required to do this item if it is against your religious belief)
6. Standard Exam: Earn extra points if you either write a poem to be sung or make up a melody from a poem written by a member of the class. (You receive 100 points for quietly listening to the presentation of others.)
Standard 5 Reading the notes
1. Your teacher will instruct you about the importance of sight reading in vocal music.
2. Watch: “Learning to sing notes” – Singing alone with the video instructor.
3. Watch: “Beginning vocal exercise.” Try this by yourself.
3. Watch and Sing: “Sing along game.” Get the idea of reading music notes from this game. It’s the same as what your instructor told you in class. See how long it takes you to make it to level three.
4. You instructor will spend some time helping you to understand rhythm and dictation as well as the following:
Sight-reading will focus on:____ 4/4 ____ 2/4____ 3/4
____ 6/8 ____ 2/2____ ties
____ syncopated rhythms____ 16th notes
5. As a class you will be taught how to clap rhythms to show you understand the principles taught.
Standard 7 Cultural Emphasis
1. The instructor will show the class songs from different cultures
What it takes to make a culturally diverse choir: Watch: “The Harlem Boy’s Choir”
3. Watch: “Watch Masal Tov“- Jewish Folk Song (Sung at weddings)
3. Watch: “German Folk Song”
4. Watch: Mexican Mariachi Music
5. Watch: African-American Work Song. (Watch for call and response)
7. Watch: Cherokee Corn Song– Native American folk song
8. Watch: “I love the lord“-Dr. Watts Hymn (African-American)
9. Watch: “I feel good“-James Brown (Funk)
10. Watch: “Thriller” – When songs mix sing, dance and story lines into short films
11. Standard Exam: Write two paragraphs about the folk style you knew the LEAST about, but enjoyed.
Standard 8 – Music in other art forms
1. The instructor will show the class how music is used in other art forms
2. Watch: Tom and Jerry (Listen for different music melodies used in one cartoon)
3. Watch: Top 10 Instrumentals for movies (Would the movie have been successful without the music)
4. From the movies you watched, what is the impact of music on the overall success of the movie>
5. Look at this clip from the opera Pagliacci
6. Sometimes music make dramas come to life. Watch “Root Doctor Rehearsal Scene”
7. Your instructor will bring other ways that music is used for you to hear: Commercials; School bell rings, Scene music for photos, etc. Watch and learn.
8. Write an essay about what you learned about music as it is used in other art forms.
Standard 9 -Music Appreciation
1. Your instructor will present you with a variety of music clips to listen to in this unit. He will discuss the genre, artist and information about the song.
2. Standard Exam. You will present a singer to class whose music was popular before 1970. Tell something about the author and be prepared to play a clip of their music for the class to hear.
New concepts to be presented:
Teacher activity daily: Conduct / Sing / Perform
Perform as a group/ class____Complete written work____
Perform individually____Respond orally____
Modified Copies____ Buddy System____Work Individually____
Teacher judgement during class____
Pass Off Assignment:___________________
- Modifications to pass off: _____________________________
Other comments / announcements to be made during class:
STRAND C: CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS
STANDARD 1: The student understands music in relation to culture and history.
STRAND D: AESTHETIC AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS
STANDARD 1: The student listens to, analyzes and describes music.
STANDARD 2: The student evaluates music and music performance.
STRAND E: APPLICATIONS TO LIFE
STANDARD 1: The student understands the relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside
STANDARD 2: The student understands the relationship between music and the world beyond the school setting.
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