Grading Rubric

 Preparedness (5 pts) Student is on time for class with folder, music and pencil in hand. 
 Posture (5 pts)
 When singing and seated, student has both feet on the floor with back  strait while on the front edge of their chair. 
 Pitch (5 pts) Student sings his/her part with melodic/harmonic accuracy.
 Diction (5 pts) Student makes a conscious effort to produce strong strong consonants and clear, open and pure vowel sounds.
 Focus (5 pts) Student is attentive in chorus and focuses energy on learning and reinforcing parts. 


  * Vocal Lessons*
Chorus members are encouraged to sign up for vocal lessons. Lessons are not mandatory but "bonus grading" is offered for those who take weekly vocal lessons.

 Guidelines for Choral Singing

1. Listen and Tune ALWAYS!
2. Long Notes Must Grow (unless there is a diminuendo)
3. Posture, Posture, Posture
4. Hold notes to full value (plus a little extra)
5. Diction is done with the tip of the tongue and the tee-th!
6. If your throat hurts, stop singing.
7. Enjoy it because it's music!

Have you ever seen/heard such a thing?

Polyphonic Overtone Singing


Please take a moment to enjoy Eric Whiticre's "Sleep."  His work with the virtual choir is amazing!