4 First Day of School Introduction Safety First Name Game (with high 5’s)Expectations for tomorrowPractice Names
5 My Dad“What you do in the first few days of class will set the tone for the remainder of the school year”.
6 Second Day of School Play D major chord on piano. Remind them about safety and support.Sing some simple exercise together.Start teaching singing fundamentals.
7 #1 RELAXATION Stretching/Blood Flow Massaging (Individual or team) Use Novacaine (not literally)Call and Response on a relaxed vowel
8 #2 POSTUREFree throwsNoble PostureMagic Fishing Pole story
9 #3 LIFTED PALATE Palate exploration (use tongue) Observe the uvula dangly ball, punch bag, gully whopperBite the apple, surprise breath, yawn breath“Call and response” silly words or phrases.Practice with a partner.Use a mirror if you have one.
10 #4 BREATH MANAGEMENTExplain how breath management and phonation are connected.Demonstrate different types of tone from breathy to strident and have students experiment.Lip trills/motor boats on 5-note scales.Long tones on a slow I-V7-I progression.
11 Third Day of School Paperwork Day Choir Handbook / SyllabusGradingCalendar for entire school yearContracts (Folders, Performance Wear, etc.)Expectations for tomorrowPractice Names
12 Weeks 2-4 Honor Choir Auditions Italian Art Song Sight Reading - ChoralTechRhythm Reading - Ottman RhythmVocal MemoryAudition ProceduresElection of Class OfficersPresident, VP, Section Leaders
13 TAKE YOUR PICK Choir Booster Club Point System - Bribe your parents to volunteer.RecruitingChoir ToursColor TestingLarge Productions (Madrigal Dinner / Musical)Q & AAuditions and rubrics
14 THANK YOU FOR KEEPING CHORAL MUSIC ALIVE IN CALIFORNIA!