Goals and Rules

Below are Mixed Choir Rubric, Treble/Mannerchor/Concert/Jazz Rubric and Concert Guidelines .

All Forms are available for download at bottom of page.


MIXED CHOIR
Goals, Rules, Grading and Discipline for 2017-18

I. Choir Goals:

The North Pole High School Choirs have proven to be a disciplined, skillful and responsible group. ~We will continue to work toward excellence by improving our individual and choral skills, and representing our school with pride and professionalism.

II. Course Description:

The main emphasis of a choral group is, of course, singing. Musicians must be disciplined, self-motivated, and passionate about their art and work hard to improve their skills. Our choirs are no exception. If you are in choir to have fun, you must remember fun comes with a job well done. We will also develop skills in music theory, sight singing, ear training, rehearsal and performance etiquette and vocal production. This class requires outside work by the student, including memorization of lyrics and music, vocal exercises and music theory homework.

III. Course Materials:

All students are required to have a #2 pencil in class every day. Water bottles are strongly recommended, as students will not be allowed to leave class for a drink. 

Please see Concert Guidelines for attire requirements.

IV. Class Rules:

Rules for this class are simple. You are to be in your seat with required materials on time (you must bring your music folder everyday), expecting to work on music the whole class. You are expected to follow directions the first time and be cooperative and attentive. All backpacks, coats, hats, and other extraneous items are to be stored away from the singing area. There are to be no food or drinks at your seat other than water. You may not be excused from participating in choir rehearsal without a note from parents or doctor. In essence, respect the people, respect the musical process.

V. Class Discipline:

Each student will be informed of rules for appropriate rehearsal behavior. A primary infraction will result in loss of one of three possible points for the daily grade for inappropriate behavior (including any inconsiderate behavior or behavior that disrupts the rehearsal process, failure to bring required materials, etc.). Three infractions merit immediate removal from class for the day and a phone call to parents. There is one simple rule in this class: "Do only that which benefits the choir." This includes behavior, attitude and motivation.

VI. Grading:

30% Daily Points- Preparedness, Attendance, Tardies

Daily rehearsals will be the bulk of grading criteria. Students have 3 participation points per daily rehearsal. Points are lost by indication on the “F” Sheet for tardies, lack of rehearsal materials, disruptions, etc. (1 pt. each) and absences (See VIII. Attendance). Three lost points in a class period merit removal from class and a call to parents. If an absence is excused the student will have five class days to make up one hour per missed class rehearsing in the music department or at home and indicated on your Practice Log. Unexcused absences may NOT be made up.

20% Concerts- All departmental and prearranged off-site concerts are mandatory as this is a PERFORMANCE CLASS.

 Concerts may be excused for medical emergencies with a parental note due the following class period. Students may be excused under extreme circumstances if the director is notified by parent at least two weeks in advance. Failure to notify the director two weeks out will result in a 25% reduction in grades for any make-up work. Make-up for excused missed concerts will include a recording of student singing their part for all concert music along with a 3-5 page typed music report on an agreed subject, due one week after the concert. See Concert Guidelines for more specifics.

10% Tests, Quizzes and Assignments- If you miss a class it is your responsibility to check the front board or ask your section leader what was assigned in your absence. All students with absences have the same number of days to complete assignments as those missed. Late work or will be allowed one day after due date with a 20% grade reduction. Tests will be given at least once a week and may vary in form (written or oral). Check your grades regularly on PowerSchool!

20% Practice Logs- There will be fifteen to sixteen Practice Logs per semester (4 times a week @15 minutes per choir). Parents must sign ORIGINAL Practice Logs and they must be handed in by students at the beginning of the first class of the week. Practice Logs may be turned in one class period late with a 5-point deduction. Practice Logs will not be accepted after this point.

20% Online Theory- There will be fifteen to sixteen total assignments per semester (www.tonesavvy.com) due the first class of each week. Students are expected to practice the exercises at a predetermined level at least 15 minutes a week. As each level is completed the student is expected to notify the teacher, and begin work on the next level. Students are allowed to advance as quickly as they are able. You are expected to notify the teacher if you reach a level that is too hard to comprehend. Late work will not be accepted for online theory. Students may work in Student Office during one warm-up period a week if the internet is not available at home (indicated on Parent Commitment Form).

VII. Fees:

All students are required to pay a $20 fee (per year/per choir) to the administrative secretary for cleaning their robes/dresses/tuxes, online theory subscription, concert accompanists and large group festival fees for jazz. Have your parents contact me if there is difficulty obtaining the fee due to financial hardship.

Students are also financially responsible for upkeep and possession of their folders, uniforms, and music. Grades will be held until all fees are paid.

VIII. Attendance

To regain daily participation points, excused absences must be made up by completing one hour extra rehearsal per day per missed class (witnessed by director) or home (signed by parents on Practice Logs). Your choir depends on you.

Because this is an ensemble performance class, it is impossible to fully utilize the rehearsal process without all choir members present. Furthermore, students cannot duplicate the group rehearsals lost due to absences. Therefore it is not possible to make up excessive absences (8 for weeks 2-8 per quarter) and these students will not be allowed to participate in concerts without parent/director review conference.

Tardies show a lack of respect and concern for your ensemble. We will follow the student handbook tardy policy.

IX. Extra Credit

Extra Credit is available to students in a variety of ways; music library work, attending other musical events, participation in All-State, State Solo Ensemble (when not required), musical theatre, singing at sporting events, etc. Points will be given appropriate to the task. Students are responsible for bringing them to the director’s attention in writing.

X. Fundraising

Due to the nature of a choral program, it is necessary to fund raise for materials, instruments, accessories, accompanists and the like. Nobody enjoys fundraising, but it is the responsibility of the group to do their fair share.

All class assignments, schedules, contacts and rehearsal music are available on the web from the NPHS Choir Homepage: www.nphschoir.com




TREBLE, MANNERCHOR, JAZZ AND CONCERT CHOIRS

Goals, Rules, Grading and Discipline for 2017-18

I. Choir Goals:

The North Pole High School Choirs have proven to be a disciplined, skillful and responsible group. ~We will continue to work toward excellence by improving our individual and choral skills, and representing our school with pride and professionalism.

II. Course Description:

The main emphasis of a choral group is, of course, singing. Musicians must be disciplined, self-motivated, and passionate about their art and work hard to improve their skills. Our choirs are no exception. If you are in choir to have fun, you must remember fun comes with a job well done. We will also develop skills in music theory, sight singing, ear training, rehearsal and performance etiquette and vocal production. This class requires outside work by the student, including memorization of lyrics and music, vocal exercises and music theory homework.

III. Course Materials:

All students are required to have a #2 pencil in class every day. Water bottles are strongly recommended, as students will not be allowed to leave class for a drink. 

Please see Concert Guidelines for attire requirements.

IV. Class Rules:

Rules for this class are simple. You are to be in your seat with required materials on time (you must bring your music folder everyday), expecting to work on music the whole class. You are expected to follow directions the first time and be cooperative and attentive. All backpacks, coats, hats, and other extraneous items are to be stored away from the singing area. There are to be no food or drinks at your seat other than water. You may not be excused from participating in choir rehearsal without a note from parents or doctor. In essence, respect the people, respect the musical process.

V. Class Discipline:

Each student will be informed of rules for appropriate rehearsal behavior. A primary infraction will result in loss of one of three possible points for the daily grade for inappropriate behavior (including any inconsiderate behavior or behavior that disrupts the rehearsal process, failure to bring required materials, etc.). Three infractions merit immediate removal from class for the day and a phone call to parents. There is one simple rule in this class: "Do only that which benefits the choir." This includes behavior, attitude and motivation.


VI. Grading:

40% Daily Points- Preparedness, Attendance, Tardies

Daily rehearsals will be the bulk of grading criteria. Students have 3 participation points per daily rehearsal. Points are lost by indication on the “F” Sheet for tardies, lack of rehearsal materials, disruptions, etc. (1 pt. each) and absences (See VIII. Attendance.) Three lost points in a class period merit removal from class and a call to parents. If an absence is excused the student will have five class days to make up one hour per missed class rehearsing in the music department or at home and filling out a Make-Up Form. Unexcused absences may NOT be made up. Jazz Choir Daily Points are worth 40%, as students are not required to complete Online Theory for this class.

20% Concerts- All departmental and prearranged off-site concerts are mandatory as this is a PERFORMANCE CLASS.

 Concerts may be excused for medical emergencies with a parental note due the following class period. Students may be excused under extreme circumstances if the director is notified by parent at least two weeks in advance. Failure to notify the director two weeks out will result in a 25% reduction in grades for any make-up work. Make-up for excused missed concerts will include a recording of student singing their part for all concert music along with a 3-5 page typed music report on an agreed subject, due one week after the concert. See Concert Guidelines for more specifics.

20% Tests, Quizzes and Assignments- If you miss a class it is your responsibility to check the front board or ask your section leader what was assigned in your absence. All students with absences have the same number of days to complete assignments as those missed. Late work or will be allowed one day after due date with a 20% grade reduction. Tests will be given at least once a week and may vary in form (written or oral). Check your grades regularly on PowerSchool! Concert Choir singers are required to come to one designated lunch rehearsal a week for testing and sectionals.

20% Online Theory- There will be fifteen to sixteen total assignments per semester (www.emusictheory.com) due the first class of each week. Students are expected to practice the exercises at a predetermined level at least 15 minutes a week. As each level is completed the student is expected to notify the teacher, and begin work on the next level. Students are allowed to advance as quickly as they are able. You are expected to notify the teacher if you reach a level that is too hard to comprehend. Late work will not be accepted for online theory. Students may work in Student Office during one warm-up period a week if The internet is not available at home (indicated on Parent Commitment Form). Jazz Choir is not required to participate in Online Theory.

VII. Fees:

All students are required to pay a $20 fee (per year/per choir) to the administrative secretary for cleaning their robes/dresses/tuxes, online theory, concert accompanists and large group festival fees for jazz. Have your parents contact me if there is difficulty obtaining the fee due to financial hardship.

Students are also financially responsible for upkeep and possession of their folders, uniforms, and music. Grades will be held until all fees are paid.

VIII. Attendance

To regain daily participation points, excused absences must be made up by completing one hour extra rehearsal per day per missed class (witnessed by director) or home (signed by parents on Practice Logs). Your choir depends on you.

Because this is an ensemble performance class, it is impossible to fully utilize the rehearsal process without all choir members present. Furthermore, students cannot duplicate the group rehearsals lost due to absences. Therefore it is not possible to make up excessive absences (8 for weeks 2-8 per quarter) and these students will not be allowed to participate in concerts without parent/director review conference.

Tardies show a lack of respect and concern for your ensemble. We will follow the student handbook tardy policy.

IX. Extra Credit

Extra Credit is available to students in a variety of ways; music library work, attending other musical events, participation in All-State, State Solo Ensemble (when not required), musical theatre, singing at sporting events, etc. Points will be given appropriate to the task. Students are responsible for bringing them to the director’s attention in writing.

X. Fundraising

Due to the nature of a choral program, it is necessary to fund raise for materials, instruments, accessories, accompanists and the like. Nobody enjoys fundraising, but it is the responsibility of the group to do their fair share.

All class assignments, schedules, contacts and rehearsal music are available on the web from the NPHS Choir Homepage: www.nphschoir.com




CONCERT GUIDELINES

Concert Grading and Requirements

All departmental and prearranged off-site concerts are mandatory as this is a PERFORMANCE CLASS. 

Departmental concerts are those involving all choral groups (one per quarter) and are counted as Final Oral Exams. Prearranged off-site commitments in addition to departmental concerts include- Jazz Choir: Three community Anthems a semester, School Board Meeting, All State Festival, Solo/Ensemble Festivals, Jazz Fest and Graduation. Contemporary: Senior Memory Night. Treble: Sweet Adeline's and Baccalaureate. See Performance Calendar for dates.

Concerts will be excused for medical emergencies with a parental note due the following class period. Students may be excused for non-emergency conflicts if the director is notified by parent at least two weeks in advance. Failure to notify the director two weeks out will result in a 25% reduction in grades for any make-up work. Make-up for excused missed concerts will include a recording of student singing their part with recorded accompaniment for all concert music along with a 3-5 page typed music report on an agreed subject, due one week after the concert.

Employment, lack of transportation or sports does not constitute an excused absence from a concert! When in doubt ask your director for help- but do it as soon as possible. 

Voluntary concerts are accountable for grade once a choir member commits to the performance. This means the singer must attend in concert dress (unless otherwise notified) and on time for grade or extra credit. Remember: your choir depends on you. If you commit and don't show the choir suffers.

Students will be docked 10% of their concert grade for each of the following: tardiness, missing concert attire, inappropriate behavior as indicated below under Concert Behavior. More severe deductions will be applied based on the severity of the offense. The director may also deny permission to participate in concerts based on absences or behavior.

Concert Dress

Students must always abide by school dress codes and choir policies. Singers should follow school dress code and never represent the choir with visible cleavage, shorts, short skirts, spaghetti straps, inappropriate logos, torn jeans, etc. Hair must be kept out of face and eyes! No excessive jewelry, colognes or hairstyles should be worn during a concert. Contact the director if financial conditions make uniform/material purchase difficult.

  • "Casual Dress": Even in casual concerts, singers should take care to represent their choir well. Beside the basic policies, students should wear NPHS regalia if possible. Choir tops are required for choirs that choose to purchase specific shirts.
  • “Church Dress”: Indicates dress shoes, dress shirts, ties and skirts (no sneakers, jeans, white socks, t-shirts or jerseys, etc.
  • “Concert Dress”: Performance attire to complement robes supplied by the school will include black socks, black dress shoes (not rubber soled), red ties and solid white button-collar long-sleeve dress shirts for men, and black nylons (not tights), solid black dress shoes (closed-toe, no heels over 2”) and white low-collar blouses for women.  Jazz men must purchase black, long sleeve dress shirts and red ties. Jazz Choir girls purchase their own dresses and may resell them later.

Concert Behavior

1. Be on time.

2. Have all concert attire with you.

3. No food, gum or sugar drinks in the fine arts area.

4. No friends or family in the fine arts area.

5. Stay in your designated area and out of the Commons!

6. Respect the rooms you are assigned to and keep them clean (especially the band room- and hands off the instruments)

7. Cell phones should be turned off in rehearsal space and on stage until the end of the concert.

8. Pre-concert is for focusing, not flirting or screaming or texting. Your performance (and those around you) depends on how you prepare.

9. Make sure you and your fellow performers have no gum, no cell phones, stoles on correctly, no toilet paper on your shoes, etc. when you go on stage. 

10. Stay out of the fine arts hallway while performers are preparing for their entrances.

11. Stay out of the backstage area unless you're preparing to go on stage.

12. Do not enter the house after your performance is over. Your noise will disrupt the performers in the audience.

13. Show your support by watching other choirs perform on the TV feed. You might even learn something. You may even be tested on it!

14. Bake sale food is meant to raise money for the choir. Don't steal!

15. Don't leave early after the concert. Strike is part of your grade for your performance. Besides, we can all leave earlier if everybody helps.

16. Boys, just because you're boys doesn't mean you can't do a good job hanging your shirts and pants. Your mother is not here to help you.

 

Choir Conflicts- All Choirs

 Here are guidelines you are expected to follow when conflicts with activities arise:

 

  • A mandatory, graded concert takes precedence over any event except extreme situations such as family emergencies. Director will determine validity of the situation after conferring with administration.
  • All conference competition such as playoff games takes precedence over non-mandatory performances.
  • A performance/festival takes precedence over any practice. You are expected to notify coaches of this rule at the start of your season.
  • When there are two activities of equal importance (practices, performances/competitions) the student will need to work out a compromise with all parties involved in a timely manner.
  • A practice for a one-time performance takes precedence over a routine, regularly scheduled practice (dance lessons, karate class...)
  • Having to work is NOT considered an excused absence from any required, graded choir activity.

 

Students should notify employers, coaches and directors well in advance of all required choir activities (at least one month or as required by your supervisor). Students must also notify the choir director at least two weeks before a concert of supervisors who are not willing to comply.

 

Students may provide an extra copy of the Performance Calendar or may request a letter from the choir director to give to their employer regarding required choir activities that may interfere with work. The letter must be requested at least two weeks prior to the choral event.

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