Middle School Music

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Choir

Fifth and Sixth Grade Choir

The goat of the 5th and 6th Grade Choir is to develop the foundations of singing - breathing, posture, focus, technique, and stage presence.  The music is representative of different styles, time periods, cultures, and the music is chosen with vocal development and beginning part-singing as the primary focal points.  In the separate soprano and alto choir days, we will focus on individual needs and progress.  This is a setting for learning to sing!  This choir is open to all 5th and 6th grade students.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir

The 7th and 8th Grade Choir studies and performs exceptional music from diverse genres, styles, and time periods.  My goal is to give them the foundation to sing in any chorus of their choice in the future:  high school chorus, church choir, a cappella ensembles, and eventually college or professional choruses.  In addition, we spend time doing ear-training and sight-reading exercises geared toward improving their listening and technical skills.  This choir is open to all 7th and 8th grader students.  There are separate days for changed voices and unchanged voices to facilitate teaching 3-part music and to give time for individual attention. It all sounds very serious, but it is really fun!!

Advanced Treble Choir

 

This Advanced Treble Choir is an auditioned choir of unchanged voices performing more difficult music.  The level of the choir requires skills in music reading, tonal memory, and independence in part-singing.  Students are ready for this kind of choir at different ages. It is a unique opportunity for performance with students from the  5th to 8th grades. This choir will have some special performance opportunities throughout the year including singing the national anthem at the first playoff football game in November.

Orchestra

5th Grade Strings

This course is designed for the student who has had little or no previous musical instruction. Instruments offered include violin, viola, cello and bass. This class emphasizes basic musical skills including note reading, rhythm reading, musical terms, concepts of tone production  and an appreciation of the appropriate level string repertoire.

6th Grade Strings

This course is designed for the student who has completed beginning Strings. This class emphasizes higher-level music skills including note reading, rhythm reading and an appreciation of the appropriate level string repertoire. Individual as well as ensemble skills are taught. The student will be expected to practice a minimum of 15 minutes per day, four days per week, outside of class. Parents should monitor practice time.

7th and 8th Grade Strings

This course is designed for the intermediate string player. This class emphasizes higher-level music skills including note reading, rhythm reading and an appreciation of the appropriate level string repertoire. Individual as well as ensemble skills are taught. The student will be expected to practice a minimum of 30 minutes per day, four days per week, outside of class. Parents should monitor practice time.

Glee Girls

This group is new to our choir program in 2013. This is an auditioned choir of singers who are already involved in our core choir and may also be singing in our Advanced Treble Choir. These students will work on music that is specifically arranged for glee singing including Rock and Roll, Pop, R & B and other diverse styles. The group requires independent singing and harmonization, some soloists, strength in movement and choreography memorization and a lot of enthusiasm. Auditions will be required at the beginning of each semester to allow for any necessary changes in personnel.

Groovy Boys

The Groovy Boys Ensemble was a new additions to our choir program in 2012. In middle school, special attention needs to be paid to our developing, adolescent male voices. There is a lot of transition and it isnít always easy to meet the needs of the changing male voice. This ensemble is designed to focus on ranges and repertoire that will suit the challenges of our age group. This ensemble will also be used as a mentoring opportunity with our volunteer male faculty and upper school choir men.