My name is Allen Kade and I am currently your child’s choral music teacher. Upon passing, this class will fulfill the fine arts credit needed for graduation from Princeton Senior High School. This course also provides the training and enhancement of vocal skills necessary for participation in Chorus II-IV, Ladies Ensemble, Madrigal Singers, and CENTERSTAGE show choir. These are auditioned groups to students in grades 10 through
12. The grading policy for this class is as follows:
20% = tests/quizzes EXAMPLE: 95 = q/t average 40% = daily vocal and written participation 95 = dp average 40% = performances** +100 = perf. average 97 = grade *
* Keep in mind that students whose attendance falls below the county guideline will be required to take the final exam and that grade will be averaged with the four grading period grades. ** This is a performance-based class. Not attending a performance results in a receiving a “0” for that performance. There are non-performing fine arts classes available. Emergency exceptions to this policy will be made on an individual basis. In periods with no performances, daily participation will constitute 80% of the grade. Individual vocal assessments will begin on August 7, 2014 to establish vocal range and readiness. My job is to enhance vocal skills. I cannot do that without an individual diagnostic assesssment.
For choirs I-IV, the appropriate dress for performances will always be: Women: skirt or dress/dress pants (no jeans); Men: dress pants (no jeans) and shirt/tie. Mixed Ensemble – Will be determined by the members.
It is certainly not my goal to exclude students with this dress code. By providing the information early, I am hoping to have time to help those students where there are needs. I will provide help up until the day before the event. If students are not dressed appropriately for the event, they will not perform and will receive a “0” for that performance. As this is a performance-based class, make-up performances will be individual analysis of covered concepts.
My planning block is from 10:00 – 11:40 daily. The telephone number for the school is 425-8101 or 8102. My school email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are conflicts with the performances which are already scheduled, please advise me of that as soon as possible. With advance notice of absences, arrangements can be made in formation, line-up, song selection etc. Dates to remember as of 8/7/2014:
September 19 Homecoming Coronation PSHS Gym 9:30 am December 12/13 Feast of Sweets Mathena Center 7:00 pm October 21 Auditions for 2015 PSHS After school
Chorus I-IV, Ladies/Men’s Ensemble, Madrigal Singers Course Syllabus by grading period:
First grading period – Daily vocal and written participation is required (paper and pencil), reviewing basic choral technique, terminology, physiology in a large group setting. Weekly tests/quizzes of both written and vocal variety. Grade will reflect participation and level of expertise at the Homecoming performance. Second grading period – Individualized vocal instruction in order to troubleshoot problems and enhance prior strengths will be the focus. Daily written (paper and pencil) and vocal participation will feature new concepts of listening, blending, balance, timbre, and advanced vocal production techniques. Music for the Feast of Sweets will be introduced.
Third grading period – Daily sight-reading and theory work (paper and pencil). Utilizing and building on knowledge and technique from the first two grading periods, there will be a refinement and application of same to the music for the Feast of Sweets. The large group strengths and weakness will be identified and analyzed, maximizing students’ individual strengths while addressing their limitations in technique.
Fourth grading period – Large group work continues, focusing on concert etiquette, choral posture, performance technique, culminating in the performances for Feast of Sweets. The grade will reflect participation and level of individual expertise. Also, preparation and individual work for vocal placement auditions covering selected solo, sight-reading and tonal memory exercises.
I cannot help with problems of which I am unaware. Please contact me with questions or concerns about this letter or the choir class in general.