First Day of School Introduction Safety First Name Game (with high 5’s) Expectations for tomorrow Practice Names
My Dad “What you do in the first few days of class will set the tone for the remainder of the school year”.
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.
#1 RELAXATION Stretching/Blood Flow Massaging (Individual or team) Use Novacaine (not literally) Call and Response on a relaxed vowel
#2 POSTURE Free throws Noble Posture Magic Fishing Pole story
#3 LIFTED PALATE Palate exploration (use tongue) Observe the uvula dangly ball, punch bag, gully whopper Bite the apple, surprise breath, yawn breath “Call and response” silly words or phrases. Practice with a partner. Use a mirror if you have one.
#4 BREATH MANAGEMENT Explain 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.
Third Day of School Paperwork Day Choir Handbook / Syllabus Grading CalendarCalendar for entire school year Contracts (Folders, Performance Wear, etc.) Expectations for tomorrow Practice Names
Weeks 2-4 Honor Choir Auditions Italian Art Song Sight Reading - ChoralTech Rhythm Reading - Ottman Rhythm Vocal Memory Audition Procedures Election of Class Officers President, VP, Section Leaders
TAKE YOUR PICK Choir Booster Club Point SystemPoint System - Bribe your parents to volunteer. Recruiting Choir Tours Color Testing Large Productions (Madrigal Dinner / Musical) Q & A Auditions and rubrics
THANK YOU FOR KEEPING CHORAL MUSIC ALIVE IN CALIFORNIA!