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Music has the ability to touch our hearts, to calm or excite us, to involve us, to heal us, and inspire. It allows us to relax or participate, to reach.

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1 Music has the ability to touch our hearts, to calm or excite us, to involve us, to heal us, and inspire. It allows us to relax or participate, to reach out and look with in. Music teaches us teamwork. It reinforces basic skills. It is both a social and an individual activity. Music has been a part of life for all recorded time. It is a part of our history and culture. Dear Chorus Parents and Students, Welcome to WBMS Wildcat Chorus Program! A successful chorus program is dependent on positive active participation by both the students and their parents. It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to working with you this year. This handbook is designed to help you understand the expectations for all chorus students at WBMS. If you have any questions of any kind, feel free to call, write, or me. I will return most calls at the end of the school day, but please allow me a return call window of 24 hours. Rarely does a situation arise for which there is no workable solution. Please dont hesitate to contact me. Yours in Harmony, Gina LaVere Chorus Director ext 202

2 CLASSROOM PROCEDURES 1) BE READY FOR CLASS WHEN THE BELL RINGS A) Be in your assigned seat with music folder, pencil, and water bottle before your bell rings. B) Fill water bottle before class. The water bottles must be brought to the chorus room prior to homeroom. If the bottle requires filling, it must be filled at the water fountain directly outside the chorus room. 2) BE PREPARED FOR CLASS A) Bring music/theory folders, pencils, paper, and water bottle every day. B) Utilize the restrooms before or after class for personal grooming. 3) RESPECT OTHERS A) Keep inappropriate comments to yourself. B) DO NOT touch classroom equipment without teacher permission (this includes the PIANOS). C) Students must remain quiet and attentive even when they are not singing. Much rehearsal time is saved when students observe other sections. 4) STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE TRY YOUR BEST AND YOU WILL ALWAYS END UP A WINNER!! Remember………. Shoot for the Stars and Land on the Moon!!!!!!

3 DISCIPLINE POLICY The behavioral journal is used for disciplinary behavior. There are four steps in the journal. 1) Warning 2) Consequence with parent signature 3) Parent contact 4) Disciplinary referral Note: A conference will be scheduled at this point and a contract will be made regarding acceptable behavior in the chorus program.

4 GRADING POLICY Grades will be based on knowledge of concepts, demonstration of skills and participation in chorus activities, including required performances and rehearsals. Because the chorus is a performing organization and a class, it is essential that every student and parent understand that attendance and participation in required performances and rehearsals is a part of the grade. Excused absences are determined using the same criteria as a school absence. Unexcused absences for rehearsals are recorded as a zero. Any absence of a required performance must be replaced by either the writing of a curriculum based paper or solo performance of the pieces. Performances are the nine week grade for that grading period. Students are expected to bring a signed note from their parent the day they return to school. CONFLICT RESOLUTION Being aware that conflicts will occur in the scheduling of practices, rehearsals, games, performances and field trips the following guidelines will be used: 1)The Spring and Winter Concert and District Music Performance Assessment are the only required performances for the year. 2)A performance or a game takes precedent over a practice or rehearsal (except final rehearsals) 3) The student is responsible for notifying Mrs. LaVere of the conflict no less than 24 hours in advance if possible.

5 GRADING POLICY CONTINUED There are five categories in which the concepts are graded in : CLASSWORK 15% HOMEWORK 5% QUIZZES 35% TESTS 45% (performance based) PARTICIPATION- singing folder checks, pencil check, participation in daily rehearsals and activities. SINIGING QUIZZES AND CHECKS- In-class singing quizzes will be administered at least every two weeks. These quizzes are done is a small group setting (3-6 students) grading is based on their level of improvement. REGULAR QUIZZES- These are written quizzes based on music theory in which the students are given notes and instruction in class. PERFORMANCES- There are three required performances; the Spring and Winter concerts and District Performance Assessment. These are counted as tests. MUSIC THEORY- This includes work on the Music Ace program, tests, worksheets, composition projects.

6 CHORUS SUPPLY LIST PAPER PENCILS FOLDER (for notes/worksheets) STAFF PAPER (optional) WATER BOTTLE 2 BLANK CDS UNIFORMS Girls- Long black dress purchased through Chorus Department $54 Boys- Black dress pants and white tux shirt rented through the Chorus Department $15 No student will be denied participation in chorus should the cost of a uniform present a financial hardship for you. If this is the case, please contact Mrs. LaVere. All information will be kept confidential. PERFORMANCE GROOMING Hair- All hair must be away from face Jewelry- No jewelry should be worn on girls or boys during a chorus performance. Small stud earrings will be allowed for those students with pierced ears. Shoes- No sneakers, slides, sandals, or strappy shoes. Only closed toed black dress shoes are acceptable. CHORUS T-SHIRTS 20$: This is a required part of our uniform for Intermediate and Advanced chorus. It is optional for all other classes

7 EXTRA MUSICAL OPPORTUNITIES These performances and events are extra opportunities for select chorus members (extra expenses are required for some of these activities). All-State (7/8 grade audition every other year) All-County (6-8 grade audition) Disney chorus trip (Advanced and Intermediate chorus members only. These students must have no ISS, OSS, bus suspension, or two referrals in one semester. Grades in chorus must be an A/B) Barbershop Workshop (auditioned boys) Running for Chorus President (select students who have been in chorus for 3 years) Running for Chorus Vice President (select students who have been in chorus for 2 years) Out-reach Concerts: These performances are for the community and any student in Intermediate or Advanced may participate. Musical: Advanced Chorus only * This does not occur every year. Madrigal: Advanced members only. Renaissance Dinner as a fundraiser for the fine arts department.

8 FUNDRAISING Our chorus program has two major fundraisers a year. The chorus program at Woodlawn has grown quickly over the past eight years and our cost to run the program has as well. These fundraisers pay for rental uniforms, bus transportation, competition fees, extra music, chorus materials and much more. The success of our fundraisers keep the cost of chorus very low. The fall fundraiser is the selling of Classic Cookie dough (yum) and our spring fundraisers are Valentine Grams (sold in the school) and the annual WBMS Talent Show. We only ask parents to help chaperone and bring items to use for door prizes during the talent show. This year we have two performances that also raise money for the organization: Madrigal Dinner: The advanced chorus, Symphonic band, and the art program will be transporting the cafeteria into a castle of time gone by for a dinner filled with food, music, magic, and much more.

9 HELPFUL HINTS FOR VOCALISTS 1)Always warm up before singing (a vocal warm up is like stretching before exercise) 2)Drink lots of water. About 64 oz a day to be exact. 3)Eat 30 minutes before you sing. Eating and singing right after can cause many singing problems (i.e. water in a gas tank). 4) Stay healthy!!! Your body is your instrument and it cant be taken into the shop to replace. Eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest : )

10 HELPFUL HINTS FOR PARENTS 1)Have a set time and space for your musician to practice. 2)Encourage your child with positive words and actions. This makes a big difference in their progress. 3)Here are a few web sites to check out with your budding musician!!

11 CHORUS HANDBOOK CONTRACT Students are required to submit this sheet to Mrs. LaVere by Friday, September 2nd By checking each item and signing this form, you agree that you: ____ have read the Chorus Handbook and understand the information it contains. ____ have examined the calendar of events for conflicts. ____ understand that an unexcused absence from an after-school performance or rehearsal will earn zero points. Students Name (print please): ____________________________ Parents Name (sign please):______________________________ I am available and/or interested in chaperoning on one or some of the chorus trips/rehearsals. Note: all chaperones must fill out a volunteer form (these are found in the forms given in homeroom). YES _____ NO____ I give permission for my childs picture to appear in the newspaper yes___ no____ I give permission for my childs picture to appear on the school website. Yes___ no___ address: ___________________________ Telephone /Cell Number:_____________________

12 CONTACT AND FIELD TRIP EMERGENCY INFORMATION Students are required to submit this sheet to Mrs. LaVere by Friday, September 2 nd. Group: Woodlawn Beach Middle School Chorus Teacher: Gina LaVere Student:__________________ Home Phone:_______________ Cell Phones:________________ Student Address: ___________________________ Address _____________________ Parent/Guardian:___________________ Daytime Phone:_______________ Evening Phone: _______________ Other Parent/Guardian:____________________ Daytime Phone: ______________ Evening Phone: ______________ Emergency Phone number for parent/guardian if other than above: _______________________ Comments regarding special health problems or severe allergies of student: ______________________________________________________________________

13 CHORUS UNIFORM/T-SHIRT ORDER FORM ALL CHORUS STUDENTS MUST HAVE A PERFORMANCE UNIFORM. BOYS: All boys have a $15 rental fee. Boys are only allowed to rent because they often change uniform sizes during the same school year. If you have been chosen to sing with the advanced girls a chorus t-shirt must be purchased for performances in the community. GIRLS: Girls have the option to rent or buy. Returning girls and new girls in the eighth grade are given the opportunity first to try on rentals for two reasons: because they either rented last year and/or also it is their first and last chance to be in chorus. The 7 th grade girls will try on rentals second, followed by the 6 th grade girls. There are only a limited number of rentals available. The fee will be $15 for used rentals and $25 for new rentals. This price change offsets the chorus department costs for the dresses. T-SHIRTS ARE OPTIONAL FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT FOR THE ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATE GROUPS: 20$ (these two groups do outreach concerts in the community and the chorus t-shirt is the uniform used for those performances) PLEASE FILL OUT THE ORDER FORM BELOW AND ATTACH CASH OR CHECK (CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO WBMS CHORUS). These orders must be turned no later than FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 TH. If more time is needed or there is a financial issue please send a note to Mrs. LaVere on the September 30 th deadline. NAME:_________________________________________________ GIRLS RENTALS: PRICES GIVEN DURING CLASS DRESS TRY-ON. PLEASE CHECK IF RENTING _______ BUY: $54 PLEASE CHECK IF BUYING ___________ BOYS RENTAL IS $15. PLEASE CHECK IF RENTING_________ T-SHIRTS ARE $20. PLEASE CHECK IF BUYING A T-SHIRT__________T-SHIRT SIZE_________ (adult sizes)

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