VIRTUAL LEARNING ASSIGNMENTS
Special shout-out to the Sopranos and Altos…THANK YOU for the amazing feat of making a virtual choir recording of “Toxic”! I am truly touched. <3
Fri., 6/5 ~ Your assignment today is to come to the final Zoom rehearsal tonight!
Wed., 6/3 ~ Firstly, if you haven’t already done so, please watch these videos from Alex MacNicoll, professional actor and master class artist who visited us in September (they are the same videos I sent around Monday):
Alex is someone I admire deeply. I have some firsthand knowledge about his personal journey to the screen/Hollywood, and I can tell you he was not the typical ‘theatre kid’ in high school. In fact, he participated in his very first stage musical the summer after his freshman year of college. He auditioned for a show where he knew no one, and wound up making a fantastic impression on us all. Alex was and is a standout athlete, but has never let his interests define him one way or the other. He is a thespian, an athlete, a humanitarian, and a wonderful person (as you may have noticed as he spoke with us in the master class). I don’t just admire Alex for his talent; I admire how incredibly grounded he is. To this day, he looks up to the people who were involved in his first show here, those volunteers from that little community theatre production, and he can even still remember the choreography [this was eleven years ago]! He shows the utmost respect for the people who gave him his start on the stage, and I’m sure to everyone who has helped him along the way to where he is now. He is honest about his abilities and professional status, but never believes he is better than anyone else because of them. This is true humility. There is so much more I could say about Alex (including the fact that he insisted we not pay him for coming and speaking to us in September – no one has EVER done that, in my experience!), but I won’t gush further.
Your assignment today, due by 10pm, is to identify someone in the music or entertainment world that you look up to. Tell me a bit about them, and why they have earned your admiration. If you have already done this for Concert or Chamber Choir, you do not need to do it again.
Fri., 5/29 ~ Unfortunately, we need to change the time for our last rehearsal (again). We will find one that works for all!! Please let me know if:
Fri., 6/5 @ 8:30pm
works for you…thank you!!
Your assignment for today is to either:
a) come to the Panel/Interest Meeting today, period 3 (starting at 11:04am), to give students who haven’t experienced this ensemble an idea of what the audition/rehearsal process is like
b) sing along with any portion of any (school-appropriate) song within the vast genre of popular music, creating harmony with the lead singer(s). I give you an example in the following clip:
(Since this class is all about creating harmonies and/or backup spots, this is a great skill for you to work on!)
Wed., 5/27 ~ Your assignment today has two parts:
1) for EVERYONE: Tell me whether or not Friday, 6/5 at 2:30pm works for you for our final rehearsal (it will last no more than 40 minutes).
2) for SOPHOMORES (aka Nate): Make a video/audio recording of yourself as if you were speaking to the current 8th graders in our sending districts. Speak to them about your experience as a “new-ish” member of the Music Department, and feel free to give them some advice. (The first bit of advice I might give is to JOIN the Department in the first place!) Feel free to include anything you like in this recording. If you are struggling with the technology, you may write it out instead.
for JUNIORS: Next year, you will be the leaders of the Music Department! Let that sink in. Your assignment is to either make a video or send me in writing what being a leader here means to you. (If you’ve already done this for Concert Choir, you don’t need to do it again.)
for SENIORS: Schedule your Senior Exit Interview with me if you haven’t already (you received a separate email about this). That’s it!
Fri., 5/22 ~ Your assignment for today: In observance of Memorial Day Weekend, which is nearly upon us, I ask that you either:
1) Send a video of you singing a patriotic song
2) Send me a link to any patriotic song performance (doesn’t have to be live) that you enjoy, with an explanation of why you enjoy it.
When defining “patriotic song”, I want you to think outside the usual boundaries. Don’t limit yourself to “God Bless America” or the National Anthem (although you absolutely may use these songs and songs like them). Think about a song that could be about honoring those who defend our country, or what makes our country worth living in. An example of a song that is very appropriate for this assignment but doesn’t immediately bring to mind the stars and stripes is “My Hero” by The Foo Fighters:
Wed., 5/20 ~ I have been thinking a lot about what next year will look like for us as choir members. While I know we would like to think that with the fall semester comes business as usual, with in-person classes, sheet music, singing together all in one place, and live performances, it is possible that this way of learning (virtually) will go on for longer than we anticipated. Rest assured that music will still happen; we will just have to be more creative about it. And we have been using this semester to start that process.
Here are the types of assignments/challenges I have given you from March to May:
-Video/audio assessments of current repertoire, with practice tracks as aids
-Video/audio assessment while singing a different voice part
-Involve a family member in your repertoire singing
-Submit an open mic-style recording
-Perform our repertoire like a monologue
-Assignments through an online music theory site
-Listening exercise (with Nick Young’s “Lux Nova”) with response
-Rate the songs in our repertoire
-Check-in with me about mental/emotional health
-Talk about an object that makes you happy
There may be more (and there are more to come this year!), but those are all I can think of at the moment.
Your assignment today: Please tell me which of the above assignment styles works for you and which doesn’t. For example, you may have found some of these boring, tedious, or too difficult to do successfully. Just fill me in on how you have felt about these different types of assignments. You don’t have to give me a paragraph or even a sentence on each one. Just give me the thoughts that stand out. This is due by 10:00pm; if you have already done it for Concert Choir, you do not need to do it again.
Fri., 5/15 ~ For your assignment today, all I want you to do is watch some or all of this video:
It is the same link I sent around last night – the senior awards “banquet” the Music teachers recorded a few days ago. It is an hour long, so you don’t have to watch all of it if you don’t have time. Just watch some of it. And you don’t have to tell me you watched it. We are going on the honor system today, people. If you already watched all of it, you get a freebie today!
Wed., 5/13 ~ Your assignment for today, only for the following people:
Please let me know if you are taking any AP exams these next two weeks, and on which days they are. That’s it! If you’re not taking any, just send me a note saying so.
Fri., 5/8 ~ Your assignment for today is contained in this video that I made yesterday (please tailor the assignment to our pieces, “Come What May”, “Pick Up the Pieces”, “I Don’t Care”, “The Impossible Dream”, and “Toxic”):
Wed., 5/6 ~ Please go to musictheory.net , “Exercises”, and scroll down to “Keyboard Note Identification”. Then, do your best to get 50 out of 50 correct. When you’ve done it, click on the 3 dots, “Progress Report”, then “Copy Link”, and paste that into an email. Send it to me and you’re finished for the day! [If you don’t recall the notes of the keyboard, I am certain a quick Google search will help you out! =)] Due by 10pm. Thanks very much and Happy Wednesday!
Meme of the Day:
*~-How to Practice-~*
Practicing Choral Music: Ten ideas for the singer who doesn’t think they can practice on their own
At rehearsal on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, we all formed a list of expectations for the members of this group. The floor was open to anyone who had a thought, and everyone who expressed an interest to speak was heard.
Anyone who does not fully agree with the expectations ultimately decided upon and does not feel that they can abide by them should seriously reconsider their presence in this group. You are encouraged to drop if you realize you cannot adhere to the Show Choir expectations. (There is a link to the document at the bottom of this page, and the signed 2019-20 version will soon be posted in the Choir Room.)
Fri., 6/12, noon ~ Watch the 2020 Seniors’ Graduation video, with their rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana!
[Show Choir rehearses each Wednesday and Friday from 2:30-3:10 in the Choir Room, unless otherwise announced.]
(After each rehearsal, I will post the activity from that session, so those who were absent can learn what they missed for the next time we meet, and so those who were present can review as needed.
My expectations for what we have learned each date are made clear in these notes. If you were late or absent (for any reason), you will be tested on that date’s material within a week of your return to school. I will notify you of the date of your Test in an email. Rehearsal material is work that you need to make up with individual practice. Refer to the top of this page for an article on practicing on your own. You also have www.musictheory.net, therhythmtrainer.com, and the entire internet as resources for practice help. Please cozy up to a piano and get your practicing done. If you do not play keys, learn, and in the meantime, please utilize the resources around you. We have several fine keys players in the Department, and you can always ask one of the teachers for help as well.)
Show Choir men purchase their own specific shirts, pants, ties, and shoes for performances, through the school.
Show Choir women purchase their own specific dresses through the school. They are in charge of finding their own shoes, which may be beige, black, silver, or any neutral color.
Information on ordering these items, as well as the fundraising opportunity to offset costs, is now available.
Concert Attire Order Form 2019
Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser Order Form 2019
How to Measure for Concert Attire
Please be prepared with your music and a pencil at every rehearsal!
Important Reminder: As the school year starts, it is your responsibility to educate your teachers and coaches on the nature of Show Choir. YOU must tell them that it is a CLASS, for a GRADE, and CREDIT that goes towards your GPA. It is CURRICULAR.
Show Choir Expectations
Show Choir Course Description
Auditioned Choir Attendance Policy
Music Dept. Grading Policy