4First Day of School Introduction Safety First Name Game (with high 5’s)Expectations for tomorrowPractice Names
5My Dad“What you do in the first few days of class will set the tone for the remainder of the school year”.
6Second 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.
11Third Day of School Paperwork Day Choir Handbook / SyllabusGradingCalendar for entire school yearContracts (Folders, Performance Wear, etc.)Expectations for tomorrowPractice Names
12Weeks 2-4 Honor Choir Auditions Italian Art Song Sight Reading - ChoralTechRhythm Reading - Ottman RhythmVocal MemoryAudition ProceduresElection of Class OfficersPresident, VP, Section Leaders
13TAKE YOUR PICK Choir Booster Club Point System - Bribe your parents to volunteer.RecruitingChoir ToursColor TestingLarge Productions (Madrigal Dinner / Musical)Q & AAuditions and rubrics
14THANK YOU FOR KEEPING CHORAL MUSIC ALIVE IN CALIFORNIA!