Each class receives vocal/general music instruction 45 minutes
per week. Vocal music instruction includes, but is not limited to,
- Steady beat vs. rhythm
- Finding the singing voice and pitch matching
- Musical elements; tempo, dynamics, etc.
- Folksinging, movement, music games
- Learning basic rhythmic notation of simple folksongs
- Identification of the instruments of the orchestra by sight and sound
- Elementary introduction to opera - Mozart's Magic Flute
- Deriving rhythmic and melodic notation from simple folksongs with increasing difficulty throughout the year
- Historical background of songs important in our nation's history - "America", "The Star-Spangled Banner", etc.
- American composers: John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland, Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin, The Gershwins and others
- Introduction of biographical information andmajor compositions of composers from all periods ofmusical history: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Cent.
- Identification of the instrments of the orchestra by sight and sound
- Elementary introuction to opera - Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors
Chorus members are chosen by audition on ability to match
pitch, sing in tune, and by their overall musicality. Chorus will
meet each Tuesday afternoon from 1:40 - 2:30. Members are expected
to be present at all rehearsals unless absent from school. We sing
at various places during the course of the year, including choral
festival in the spring. In addition to learning a variety of part-
songs in varied styles, chorus members will also learn sight-singing
skills through Joyce Eilers' "Patterns of Sound".