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1 9 th Grade Chorus HANDBOOK

2 This handbook should give you a detailed understanding of chorus class, including information about and rationale behind: 1) Our activities 2) Class guidelines, procedures, and expectations 3) Concert schedule and expectations 4) Full-group rehearsal schedule and expectations 5) Grading 6) Resource usage 1) Our activities 2) Class guidelines, procedures, and expectations 3) Concert schedule and expectations 4) Full-group rehearsal schedule and expectations 5) Grading 6) Resource usage (click on a category above to go directly to the section you need, or scroll through this entire presentation to see all of it)

3 Mr. Sanchez’ Goals for Chorus 1)Give excellent concert performances. 2)Become a better musician and singer. 3)Learn how to effectively work in a large group. 4)Enjoy both the process AND the product of hard work. Everything in this handbook is written and implemented with these goals in mind. Through my teaching, each student will: Back to Table of Contents

4 The Basics… Back to Table of Contents

5 What Will We Do? SING! – Daily Warm-Ups – Music Reading Exercises Rhythm Pitch Short melodies – Concert Music Improve Music Reading Skills – Pitch, rhythm, melodies, expression markings, following the music, etc. Improve Singing Skills – Physical aspects of singing: Posture, Breathing, Face Shape, Expression, etc. Back to Table of Contents

6 Room 201 Guidelines Please be sure to show Respect and Responsibility: – Get to class on time! – Keep the room neat. Straighten chairs, don’t change how they are set up Pick up trash – Recycle appropriate items. No trash in recycling bins! – Hands off: The blue curtain My piano Any other instruments in the room My computer Back to Table of Contents

7 What should you bring to class each day? Something to write with. Something to put papers in. We will not use these things frequently, but you should have them when we need them!!! Back to Table of Contents

8 Entry Procedures 1) Enter class, look for any directions on the screen. 2) Set your books under your chair. 3) Get your folder. 4) Check your folder to see if you have all the music you need. If not, look on the wooden shelf next to the folders. 5) Tape any music that is falling apart. Please tape lengthwise – down the spine of the music. 6) Sit in your chair & put your folder under the chair. 7) Be ready for Mr. Sanchez to start rehearsal. Follow this procedure every day, unless otherwise directed! Back to Table of Contents

9 Rest Room/Drink Procedures 1)Wait for a transition time between activities. 2)Raise your hand and ASK MR. SANCHEZ to leave. 3)When he says yes, sign out and take the appropriate rake pass (currently pink for boys, purple for girls). 4)Exit and return from the rear door. 5)Sign in upon your return. Abuse of this procedure will result in a more rigid rest room plan.

10 Exit Procedures 1) Carefully put your music back in your folder. 2) Put your folder back in the correct slot. 3) Grab your books and go.

11 Chorus Expectation YOU US It’s not about YOU, it’s about US! Back to Table of Contents

12 Chorus Expectation US Chorus is unique because: #1 - It is the only class where you take the final test as a group (twice a year at our concerts!). Back to Table of Contents

13 Chorus Expectation US Chorus is unique because: #2 - NO ONE can ‘ride the bench!’ Everyone is in the starting line up when we sing as a group in front of our audience! Back to Table of Contents

14 Concerts and After-School Rehearsals… Back to Table of Contents

15 9 th Grade Chorus Performances Pops Concert Thursday, October 2 nd, 7:00 p.m. School Board performance, October 14 th, 7:15 p.m. WINTER Concert Friday, December 5 th, 1:30 p.m. (for students and staff) Monday, December 8 th, 7:00 p.m. (for Parents) 9 th Grade Night at CB South, December 22 nd, 5:30 p.m. (tentative time) Flash Mob Date TBD (winter, during school) SPRING Concert Monday, May 11 th, 7:00pm Final Awards Ceremony Tuesday, June 16 th (or later, if snow days!), 8:15 a.m. Back to Table of Contents

16 Absences from a Concert Our concerts are the ‘final tests’ of chorus class, and should be treated with the same respect. You should put our concerts on your family calendar IMMEDIATELY, and avoid scheduling other things at the same time. If there are any possible conflicts with these dates, please have your parents contact me by the end of October!!! The next page lists possible ‘excused’ reasons for missing the concert. Back to Table of Contents

17 Absences from a Concert Excused Absence Examples Family travel or event (if communicated to Mr. Sanchez in the fall) Sickness or Last minute emergency (bring a parent excuse note or by the next day you are in school!) Very few other situations Unexcused Absence Examples Too much homework Going to a concert (such as the Q102 Jingle Ball) No ride Sports or other practice Dr. Appointment (unless it is an emergency!) Had to go shopping Forgot to bring me an excuse note. Forgot we had a concert. Etc. Back to Table of Contents

18 Absences from a Concert Excused Absences from the Pops, Winter, or Spring Concert may be made up for full credit. There are 3 ways to make up an absence: 1) record yourself singing the music from the concert 2) attend another CB music concert 3) write an essay on a vocal group Be sure to get the details and requirements of the make-up assignments from Mr. Sanchez. Excused Absences from during-school performances do not need to be made up. Unexcused Absences earn a failing grade. The grade will be entered as ‘missing’ (0%) in the gradebook. You may complete a make-up assignment (described above) to earn partial credit (50%). Back to Table of Contents

19 Concert Attire for Winter and Spring Concerts* - Give the chorus a uniform, ‘professional’ look, - Minimize distractions due to clothing, - Help to make the concert performance special. *Please note – concert dress for other concerts is a little less ‘uniform’ and is specified on the next slide. The concert attire described is expected and required. If you have any concerns about meeting these guidelines, please have your parent contact me. We will be able to work something out! Chorus students wear a particular outfit in order to: Back to Table of Contents

20 9 th Grade Concert Attire Dress Code A: White button-down shirt (or other dressy, solid white shirt for ladies) and black dress pants (gentlemen – long tie) (dark socks/dress shoes) Wear this attire for: a)Evening Winter Concert in December b)Evening Spring Concert in May Dress Code B: You may wear the clothes you wore for Dress Code A OR Any style solid- colored (no logos) shirt or sweater and dress pants/school-appropriate skirt OR any school-appropriate dress. Ties optional. NO SHORTS. Appropriate shoes to match the outfit. Wear this attire for: a)In-School Preview Concert in December Back to Table of Contents

21 9 th Grade Concert Attire Dress Code C: You may wear the clothes you wore for Dress Code A OR Any solid color button-down shirt (or other solid-color dressy shirt for ladies) and dress pants (gentlemen – long tie) OR any school-appropriate dress. (dark socks/dress shoes). NO SHORTS. a)School Board Performance October 14 th b)Final Awards Assembly Performance in June Dress Code D: Solid color T-shirt (white for boys, any color for girls), blue jeans. NO SHORTS. Wear this attire for: a)Pops Concert in October b)Flash Mob in the Winter (unless directed otherwise!) Back to Table of Contents

22 After-School Rehearsals In order to prepare effectively for our concerts, there will be several after-school rehearsals for the entire chorus throughout the year. Rehearsal activities include: 1)Finding out where to sit and stand during the concert. 2)Practicing a professional-looking entrance and exit from the auditorium/stage. 3)Rehearsing Choral Performance Skills. 4)Rehearsing the concert music. Rehearsals are USUALLY held from 2:45-4:00. Dates will be announced in advance. Back to Table of Contents

23 After-School Rehearsals – 9 th Grade 3 before Pops Concert 3 before Winter Concert 2 or 3 Before Spring Concert 1 before Final Awards Assembly Performance

24 After-School Rehearsals – 9 th Grade POPS Concert rehearsals Wednesday, September 25 th, 2:45-4:00pm Monday, September 30 th, 2:45-4:00pm Wednesday, October 1 st, 2:45-4:00pm

25 After-School Rehearsals – 9 th Grade Winter Concert rehearsals Friday, November 7 th, 2:45-4:00pm Wednesday, November 19 th, 2:45-4:00pm Thursday, December 4 th, 2:45-4:45pm* *this is a combined rehearsal with 7 th grade chorus and Gold’n’Blues. We will start by rehearsing our finale performance, then you will have about 45 minutes to work on HW, etc. while 7 th grade rehearses. Then you will rehearse for 45 minutes. Rehearsals for other performances later in the year will be announced in class and on my website

26 After-School Rehearsal - Absences There are always students who have legitimate schedule conflicts with an after-school rehearsal. How to be ‘excused’ for these conflicts will be detailed in the next section of this Handbook. Any student who does not have an excused reason to miss rehearsal will be considered ‘unexcused.’ Back to Table of Contents

27 After-School Rehearsal - Absences Excused Rehearsal Absences Marked ‘missing’ (0%) in the gradebook. Can earn full credit (100%) when made up. To make up: attend a resource rehearsal for your chorus. -Make-up rehearsal dates announced in class, on the white board calendar in the chorus room, on the Tamanend Choral Calendar on my website, and on the AM and scrolling announcements. -If there is a resource make up before the after-school rehearsal that you know you’ll miss, you should attend it! If you are unable to attend a resource make-up, make alternative make-up arrangements with Mr. Sanchez. Back to Table of Contents

28 After-School Rehearsal - Absences Unexcused Rehearsal Absences Marked ‘missing’ (0%) in the gradebook. Can earn full credit (100%) when made up. To make up: attend a resource rehearsal* for your chorus (50%) AND Arrange with Mr. Sanchez to observe and complete a report about another after-school rehearsal (2:45-4:00pm) (50%). -If you are unable to attend a resource make-up, make alternative make-up arrangements with Mr. Sanchez. * Make-up rehearsal dates announced in class, on the white board calendar in the chorus room, on the Tamanend Choral Calendar on my website, and on the AM and scrolling announcements Back to Table of Contents

29 Excused Absences from After-School Rehearsals Q: What if I.... Am absent from school (or sent home early by nurse)? A: If you are absent from school you are excused from rehearsal. You DO NOT need an excuse note. Be sure to make up the rehearsal at resource. Back to Table of Contents

30 Excused Absences from After-School Rehearsals Q: What if I.... Have a South Sports Practice? A: You will share your time between chorus rehearsal and your sports practice. YOU NEED TO PLAN IN ADVANCE!!! 1) Inform your coach ahead of time. 2) Plan for a ride ahead of time!!! (carpool?) 3) Get dressed for practice right after school. 4) Come to chorus rehearsal by 2:45. 5) You will be dismissed at 3:20 to catch a ride to your practice at South. 6) You DO NOT need to make up any of the rehearsal. Back to Table of Contents

31 Excused Absences from After-School Rehearsals Q: What if I.... Have a South Sports Game/Meet/Match? A: You are excused from rehearsal. Be sure Mr. Sanchez knows you are on the team ahead of time, then go kick butt! Be sure to make up the rehearsal at resource (before OR after your game/meet/match). Note – if your game is cancelled/postponed due to inclement weather, you are expected to come to rehearsal instead! Back to Table of Contents

32 Excused Absences from After-School Rehearsals Q: What if I.... Have a doctors appointment / dance lesson / paid tutor session / etc. (any outside of school event)? A: Add rehearsals to your family calendar as soon as I announce the dates. Try to avoid outside conflicts whenever possible! If conflicts are unavoidable, you will be excused with a parent note or . Be sure to make up the rehearsal at resource. Back to Table of Contents

33 Excused Absences from After-School Rehearsals Q: What if I.... Don’t have a ride home? A: Please check with friends as soon as possible to see if you can carpool! If you are unable to secure a ride, you will be excused with a parent note or . Be sure to make up the rehearsal at resource. Back to Table of Contents

34 Excused Absences from After-School Rehearsals Q: What if I.... Have a last-minute situation that requires me to go directly home instead of rehearsal. (ex. you get sick at the end of the day) A: You will be excused with a parent note or THE NEXT DAY YOU ARE IN SCHOOL. Be sure to make up the rehearsal at resource. Back to Table of Contents

35 After-School Rehearsals: Excuse Note Details  When excuse notes are necessary, a parent note or parent is accepted. Communication directly from a student is NOT ACCEPTED.  Excuse notes are due BEFORE rehearsal, except last minute situations, when the note is due the NEXT DAY YOU ARE IN SCHOOL.  Late excuse notes are accepted, but earn you a 25% penalty when you make up the rehearsal.  Excused Absences that are not made up at resource remain ‘missing’ (0%). Back to Table of Contents

36 Grading… Back to Table of Contents

37 Choral Grading Philosophy My grading system is based on 2 principles: 1)Performing in a music ensemble is a real-world (authentic) experience. Therefore, chorus grades should be based in part on the same criteria that an audience would use (subconsciously perhaps) to evaluate a choral performance. 2)As a class in school, I am also able to assess students’ level of understanding of various musical, singing, rehearsal, or choral concepts that ultimately lead to the concert performance that an audience experiences. Back to Table of Contents

38 Grading Categories and Weights Back to Table of Contents 10% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS)Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (DAILY) 30% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (QUIZ DAYS) 30% Concert and Rehearsal Contribution and Etiquette (CRCE) 30% Other Assessments and Assignments (AA)

39 Grading Categories and Weights Back to Table of Contents 10% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS)Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (DAILY) 30% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (QUIZ DAYS) 30% Concert and Rehearsal Contribution and Etiquette (CRCE) 30% Other Assessments and Assignments (AA)

40 Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) Overview Back to Table of Contents Singing Skills: Healthy, efficient, and effective singing habits Rehearsal Skills: Cooperative, selfless, efficient, rehearsal habits  Sing and stop singing as directed.  Focus on singing, not peers, other work, etc.  Sing with good posture.  Modify your 'face shape' (lips, jaw, tongue, teeth) to match the sound you are singing.  Sing with nothing in your mouth (gum, candy, food, etc.).  Use appropriate body language while singing.  Prepare for rehearsal upon entering class.  Transition appropriately between rehearsal activities.  Maintain focus when your section is NOT singing.  Follow rehearsal directions.  Respect your fellow chorus members.  Take care of the choral music. Back to Grading Categories and Weights

41 CSRS (DAILY) Grading Overview Students earn a single grade, out of 10 points, based on their exhibition of appropriate singing and rehearsal skills on a normal basis in chorus class. This grade may fluctuate throughout marking period, based on my observations of students during our regular class rehearsals. The chart on the next page shows what each point value means. Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

42 CSRS (Daily) Grades Back to Table of Contents Points earned for CSRS (Daily) Skills shown in class 10 Excellent - always focused and cooperative, exhibits excellent singing and rehearsal habits. 9 Acceptable - often focused and cooperative, usually exhibits excellent singing and rehearsal habits. Some redirection needed on occasion, but accepted quickly and humbly. 8 Needs Improvement - sometimes focused and /or cooperative, sometimes exhibits good singing and rehearsal habits. Redirection needed throughout class, but is accepted quickly and humbly. 7 Borderline – some effort put into focus, cooperation, and/or good singing habits. Redirection needed often, though sometimes not accepted. 6 Failing - seemingly tries to earn a bad grade, very little or no effort put into focus, cooperation, and/or good singing habits. 5 or less You should not be in chorus class. You are bringing the entire chorus down. Back to Grading Categories and Weights

43 Grading Categories and Weights Back to Table of Contents 10% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (DAILY) 30% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (QUIZ DAYS) 30% Concert and Rehearsal Contribution and Etiquette (CRCE) 30% Other Assessments and Assignments (AA)

44 CSRS (QUIZ DAY) Grading Overview Students earn a grade, out of 10 points, based on their exhibition of one or more specific singing and/or rehearsal skills on a particular day in chorus class (see CSRS Daily section for details on singing skills and rehearsal skills). There will be QUIZ DAYS approximately every couple weeks. There will usually be at least 3 or 4 each marking period. These particular skills being observed for a QUIZ DAY may or may not be announced specifically at the beginning of class. Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

45 Grading Categories and Weights Back to Table of Contents 10% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (DAILY) 30% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (QUIZ DAYS) 30% Concert and Rehearsal Contribution and Etiquette (CRCE) 30% Other Assessments and Assignments (AA)

46 Concert and Rehearsal Contribution and Etiquette After-School Rehearsals -Each graded on 4-point scale. -See “After-School Rehearsals” section of this presentation for information about rehearsal absences.After-School Rehearsals After-School Rehearsal 4-point grading scale 4 – Excellent Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills exhibited. 3 – Poor Choral Singing OR Rehearsal Skills exhibited. 2 – Poor Choral Singing AND Rehearsal Skills exhibited. 1 – Earned if an Unexcused Absence is only partially made up. 0 (Missing) – Earned for Excused and Unexcused Absences that are not made up. Late excuse notes incur a -1 (25%) penalty from the grades above. Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

47 Concert and Rehearsal Contribution and Etiquette Concerts -Graded on 4-point scale, weighted twice as much as rehearsals. -See “Concerts” section of this presentation for information about rehearsal absences.Concerts Chorus Concert 4-point grading scale 4 – Excellent Choral Performance* and Singing Skills exhibited. 3 – Poor Choral Performance* OR Singing Skills exhibited. 2 – Poor Choral Performance* AND Singing Skills exhibited. Made-up Unexcused Absence 1 – Earned if an Unexcused Absence is only partially made up. 0 (Missing) – Earned for Excused and Unexcused Absences that are not made up. *Explanation of Choral Performance Skills on next page! Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

48 Choral Performance Skills (CPS) (part 1) Choral Performance Skills are a natural outgrowth of Choral Rehearsal Skills. You will see some similar descriptions below: Preparing yourself for the concert: – Arriving on time, in the correct attire, to the correct location. Recognizing appropriate and inappropriate times to talk. – There will be ample time for socialization before and after your performance. – There are also times when SILENCE is expected. These times include, but are not limited to: When Mr. Sanchez is speaking to you. When ANY ADULT is giving you directions. When you are walking in the hallways toward the auditorium. When you enter the auditorium and walk onto the risers. When you get off the risers and exit the auditorium. Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

49 Maintaining focus when you are on the risers. – Even if you see your friends and family in the audience. – Even though the risers may be crowded. – Even if something unexpected happens. Listening carefully to and following directions. – A Tamanend concert performance often affects more than 1000 people. You are only 1 of those people. It’s not about you, it’s about ALL OF THEM. Do your job to make the concert run smoothly. Respecting other singers. – Everybody makes mistakes, even in performance. Good performers don’t give them away. Choral Performance Skills (CPS) (part 2) Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

50 Grading Categories and Weights Back to Table of Contents 10% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (DAILY) 30% Choral Singing and Rehearsal Skills (CSRS) (QUIZ DAYS) 30% Concert and Rehearsal Contribution and Etiquette (CRCE) 30% Other Assessments and Assignments (AA)

51 Other Assessments and Assignments Vocal Tests Written and/or computer assignments & quizzes – Topics: Music Reading – Pitch – letter names – Rhythm – Solfege – Key, Time signatures – Expression markings – Following the music Singing Skills – Posture, Breathing, Face Shape Aural Skills Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

52 Vocal Tests As your chorus teacher, I can learn a lot about the sound of the chorus by listening to the individuals that make up the chorus. While large-group singing is our main goal, hearing you sing individually or in a small group can help me learn where to focus my efforts with the larger group. They are also an indication of your success learning concepts we work on in class. Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

53 Vocal Tests Are not given in every single marking period. Will usually be sung individually. Are graded on teachable concepts, not the quality of your voice. Each have their own rubric or grading scale. Back to Table of Contents Back to Grading Categories and Weights

54 Other important stuff… Back to Table of Contents

55 Resource Make-Up Rehearsals Near the time of our after-school rehearsals, I will make a resource or two available for chorus make- ups. – Check chorus room whiteboard calendar, watch/listen to announcements, and pay attention in class to find out when these rehearsals are scheduled. – Get a pass from me BEFORE resource. – Sign in upon arrival. – CSRS expected (and graded if you are making up a missed after-school rehearsal). Back to Table of Contents

56 Resource Make-Up Rehearsals Who should come to these resources? – Students with excused absences from after-school rehearsals. This will earn up to 100% of your grade. Plan ahead - You may make up a rehearsal before you miss it. – Students with unexcused absences from after-school rehearsals. This will earn 50% of your grade. The remaining 50% can be made up by attending an after-school rehearsal for another group and writing a report about it. – Students who have missed class and/or feel behind on learning music. – Band/Orchestra sharing students who don’t get as many days in class rehearsal. – Students who would like to make up a CSRS Quiz Day point. A second-chance opportunity for those who need it. Must exhibit EXCELLENT CSRS to earn the point! – Anyone who doesn’t want to sit quietly in his/her resource and would rather sing. Back to Table of Contents

57 Website My “Teacher Site” includesTeacher Site The Tamanend Choral Calendar This handbook Sometimes - electronic copies of class handouts and assignments Back to Table of Contents

58 Contact Mr. Sanchez is the best way to reach me: To reach my voice mail: 1) Call Tamanend ) Press 1 to enter my extension 3) Press my mailbox number followed by the number sign. Back to Table of Contents

59 Looking forward to a great year of singing! Back to Table of Contents


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