SPENCER MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS SYLLABUS 2017-2018
2017-2018 Middle School Chorus REQUIRED Performance Schedule
Fall Concert Monday, October 16, 7:30 pm
Holiday Choral Concert Monday, December 18 7:30 pm
Choral Festival Thursday, April 19 @ Stratford evening
MS Spring Awards Concert Thursday, May 24 7:30 pm
District Solo/Ensemble Friday, March 23 @ Spencer all day
State Solo/Ensemble Saturday, May 5 @ UWSP all day
75% of your grade is “summative assessments” This includes performances, required voice lessons, tests/quizzes, and voice lessons. Concerts are out of 100 points.
25% of your grade is “formative assessments” This includes daily participation points, classroom assignments and periodic material checks. Active participation may include:
Daily participation points: Each class day students are automatically awarded 5 points at the start of class if they are present. To maintain the 5 points, students must:
· Come to class with required materials (folder, pencil and positive attitude)
· Be on time, in your seat, and ready to sing at the start of class
· Engage in warm-ups
· Participate in sightsinging
· Be fully engaged in rehearsal of new and review music
· Engage in activities that enhance individual and group interactions
Each time one of the above items is not completed, points are taken away from the given 5 points. You cannot go into ‘negative’ points. Once your 5 points for the day are gone, they’re gone. Signing up for an additional voice lesson can make up points.
Twice weekly rehearsals culminate in public performances of the music studied.
Performances through the school year are REQUIRED events of all students. Because choir is a performance-based class, it is nearly impossible to make up the experience of a performance Any UNEXcused absence from a required performance will lower your grade significantly. (See back page for excused and unexcused absences qualifications)
Voice lessons: ALL students required are to attend TWO 15 minutes voice lessons during the first quarter as part of their grade. This requirement is subject to change quarter to quarter. Lessons are scheduled at the start of the quarter by giving Ms. Stewart your study halls/open times. You will be assigned to an “A, B, C or D week” and will alternate throughout the quarter. Literature to be sung in these lessons will be music currently being worked on in rehearsals or contest literature. If you take lessons for Lynette, these would count as your lessons for the quarter.
EXcused and UNEXcused absences from a performance
EXcused Absence for a performance: If you have a conflict for a legitimate reason (determined by Ms. Stewart) with a performance, to get it cleared, you music notify Ms. Stewart AT LEAST 3 WEEKS ahead of time (illness excepted).
UNEXcused Absence: Sports, baby-sitting, extra-curricular activities, work, homework, or no ride to get to the concert are not valid excuses for missing a concert. Unexcused absences cannot be made up, resulting in a significant grade reduction.
Concert Dress: NEW THIS YEAR - ALL Middle School choir/band member will be required to wear black dress pants or skirt, a modest white dress shirt/blouse, and black dress shoes. These items should be clean and pressed.Ladies: Modest white dress shirt/blouse. Black pants (no leggings) or black skirt (conservative length). Alternatively, a plain black dress may be wornGentlemen: White dress shirt on top, Black dress pants on bottom (no jeans)SHOES Ladies: black closed-toe dress shoes (no heels higher than 2”)Gentlemen: black dress shoes (no tennis shoes/sneakers) and black dress socks· Keep all electronic devices put away while in rehearsal
Ms. Stewart expects that you will:
· Give your best effort at each rehearsal
· Treat everyone, including yourself with respect
· Be present and prompt with your folder and pencil
· See her if there is an issue that needs to be addressed
· Follow concert dress guidelines
I am really looking forward to a great school year with all of you. Let’s make some great music and have FUN!
- Ms. Stewart