Senior High Choir
Hi everyone. We are now at the start of the second semester and we are still not operating the way we hoped. However, we are allowed to meet in person now (with the AHS restrictions) so we can do way more with ensemble work. The requirements are the same but the way we accomplish them will look quite different from even the first semester. Please take a look through the class expectations to note the differences. I am very thankful that we can change things up and I really look forward to working with you this semester.
Because of restrictions to the music program due to COVID 19 precautions, there are no in-person concerts planned for this school year. However, we will do virtual ensemble concerts as we are able.
Music is a gift from God given to ALL His created beings to create and share, thereby giving Him honor and praise, joy to those around us and opportunities to express our faith (Psalm 33, 44,150). Because of sin, we often fail to do this. But since we are God’s children redeemed through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we can be a light to the world. It is here, through our work in this class and our performances in public, we seek to restore God’s original intent for music.
You are a unique image-bearer of Christ and this class is designed to help you develop your gift in music so that you can discover, celebrate, and proclaim, both as an individual and as a group the restorative power of God’s work. This class will provide you with knowledge, insight, and skills in making music so that you can use music as an expressive of your faith and a faithful and joyful service to God and neighbor.
The music program also allows you to learn how to work together as a group. Your role in the choir is important, and you must produce in order for the whole group to improve and do the best it can. This is a valuable tool that will be used by you long after you leave the school.
There is a pre-requisite for this class. You are expected to have successfully completed the previous level with a 75% average. If you do not have this, you will need to contact me and audition to ensure that you are able to meet the level of performance in this class.
The class will not be part of the regular schedule this year until the second semester and only then if all restrictions are lifted. We will meet informally in cohort groups once a week and all the work will take place at home and virtually. This course is set up as a 5 credit class only this year and will run all year.
LEARN, to Shape God’s World though Music
There are three qualities that determine a person’s success – talent, good attitude and hard work. This is not only true of music but of all areas of life. Not all of these are in our control. Good musicians have two of these qualities happening, great musicians have all three.
Community Building: God gave you music abilities. Your job here is to develop them to the best of your ability even though it may be less or more than your neighbors. Think about the parable of the talents.
Image Reflecting: There are several ways in which a good attitude can be communicated in class and in rehearsals:
- be prepared for class
- participate enthusiastically in class, rehearsals, and concerts
- be positive: talk to the teacher privately if you have concerns
- be interested and open to new ideas and different ways of doing things
Creation Enjoying: practice. You need to know your part and have all music memorized for performances.
As a choir, we need time to develop into a group that sings technically correct and sounds great. Class time therefore is not merely the rehearsal of choir music but will include:
- Technical levels (sound production, singing technique)
- Sight singing and ear training
- Listening (critical listening, elements of music)
- Music History
The emphasis of this class this year is improving your individual music and ensemble skills through lessons and virtual performances.
Service in Discipleship and Christian Attitude
50% - Ensemble Concerts
We will be recording our concert repertoire together in our class time. Once we are happy with the take, it will serve as our virtual performance. For those online, we have upgraded the audio quality and you will be able to record yourself on your own device while singing with us in class, and then submit your recording.
Service by developing your gifts for Beauty Creating
40% - Singing Tests We will be recording our concert repertoire together in our class time. Once we are happy with the take, it will serve as the foundation of our singing test. You will receive a rubric and feedback based on that rubric.You can also use this as a self-evaluation.
10% - Theory Levels (This is an individualized theory program covering the rudiments of music. You are expected to complete 3 units for each semester (6 units for the year). You will start where you left off from the previous year or at the level of your ability. If you are doing a theory program through the Royal Conservatory, we can discuss how to incorporate that program. There are theory sheets to work through for each unit which will help you prepare for the online test (NEW), which will be recorded as your mark.
Bonus Marks (up to 9% of total grade/report card period) will be given for participation in:
- other co-curricular activities at school (musicals, membership meetings, etc.)
- church services as soloist or choir member
- musical activities outside of school (other choirs, private lessons, honor choirs)
- extra festival participation (solos, ensembles)
You are responsible for their music and all lost or damaged music can be replaced by paying Calgary Christian High School’s music department $5 per title. A music folder will be provided for you.
Concert Dress (waived during COVID restrictions)
In order to look as good as we will sound, all music students in Senior high will need the following formal clothes for concerts and festivals:
- Green fitted shirts - You will buy this through the school and is yours to keep ($30)
- School tie provided by the school for guys (optional for the girls)
- Your own black pants (both guys and girls)
- Your own black socks and black shoes.
- There will also be a casual dress: blue jeans and the school issued t-shirt.
If you have any questions, please ask. Find an appropriate time to me if you are having difficulties, or if you have any concerns. You will be amazed at your progress this year if you follow these guidelines. Remember, have fun and praise our Lord through your music.