Without Music, life would b-flat! (Get it?)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Week of 8/29-9/2


Grades: Participation
Warm-ups: (5 min)
Sight-reading: a solfege scale plus dotted rhythm pattern (10 min)
Singing: (rest of period)
Listen to complete recording of "Alleluia, Glorious is Thy Name" then sing first two page with recording a few times (remediate as necessary).
Start learning next page.

Grades: Participation
Warm-ups: (5 min)
Sight-reading: Identification of solfege syllables/note names in an example.
Singing: (rest of class)
Continue work of "Alleluia" finishing the third page
Begin "African Noel" (try for first two pages)

Grades: Participation, worksheet 
Sight-Reading: (12-15 min)
Short worksheet on note-names, and
solfege syllables
Warm-Ups: (very short)
Singing: (rest of class)
"Alleluia", pp. 1-3
"African Noel" pp1-2, work on 3

Grades: Participation
Warm-Ups: (5 min)
Sight-reading: (10-12 min)
Sing all of an example with solfege syllables and rhythms.
Singing: (Rest of period)
"Alleluia" pp. 3 and 4
"African Noel" pp. 1-4

Friday: Participation
Warm-ups: Students' choice (5 min)
Sight-reading: same as Thurs
Singing: (rest of period)
Alleluia pp. 1-4
African Noel pp. 1-4
If time allows, let students pick a song from a folk music book to have fun with.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Second Week

Since the schedule is still a little wonky for the next few days, this plan is subject to change but I'll update it if there needs to be additions or subtractions.

Monday: Grades - participation
Go over the unified class rules. (5 min)
Warm-ups: (5 min)
focusing on proper posture, breathing, and vowel shapes first.
Voice Placement: (20 min)
Have short range trials for each student to make sure that they are in the right sections. Due to limited space and time, this will mean that each student will sing individually in front of the rest of the class, HOWEVER it is something they will have to get used to because this will not be the last time it will happen.
Sight-reading in groups: (10-15 min)
At this point I need to assess how well the students read music (if at all), so we will do some sight-reading in their voice parts.

Tuesday: Grades - participation
Warm-Ups: (5 min)
Still focusing on posture, breathing, and vowel shapes
Singing: (15-20 min)
Finish vocal placement.
Discuss rhythm

Wednesday: Grades - participation
Warm-Ups: (5 min)
Sight-Reading: (10 min)
A short written example will be on the board for students to clap its rhythm.
All students will clap the rhythm. We will not move on until all can demonstrate that they understand the example.
Singing: (20-25 min)
We will sing a new song, "Alleluia, Glorious is Thy Name"
Reminder that an informational meeting about After school choir and Show choir will be held tomorrow afternoon from 3:45-4:30. Anyone interested can come by.
Also, I nheed to know who is interested in participating in IMEA auditions. I have to order music soon, so that they can start practicing.

Thursday: Grades - participation
Warm-Ups: (5 min)
Sight-reading: (10 min)
More rhythm work with a longer example on the board
Singing: (25-30 min)
Continue work of "Alleluia", with added expression (15 min)

Friday: Grades - participation, short in-class worksheet
Sight-reading: (15-20 min)
Short worksheet to be done in groups for 10 points each (all students must write their own answers).
Worksheet will include note-naming, and rhythm identification. Students can use their note sheet that they received earlier in the week.

Warm-Ups: (5 min)
Students' choice
Singing: (20-25 min)
Continue work on two songs introduced before.

Friday, August 12, 2011

First Week

I know I'm very excited to get started making music, and I hope everyone else is too.
This first week, we'll be getting a slow start.

I'll begin with introductions on Tuesday. I will give each student a short form to fill out about themselves, which I will use to get to know them. Hopefully, we'll still have some time to do some singing. We will then be singing the "America the Beautiful" in unison as well as in parts as the group allows.

The next class day, Thursday, we'll go over the class rules, which the students will help to devise. Then we'll do some warm-up exercises. These will include breathing exercises, range testing, and diction drills. We will then move on to some sight-singing exercises and music reading drills. This will be for the purpose of gauging the group's skills and the type of exercises they are used to doing.