Chorus Essential Learning Outcomes
By the end of the first year of study (normally seventh grade) a student will be able to:
- compose, and evaluate melodic and/or rhythmic ideas or motives using a teacher-provided criteria.
- through prepared or improvised performances, demonstrate, using music reading skills where appropriate, how knowledge of formal aspects in musical works are interpreted.
- demonstrate expressive qualities in a varied repertoire of music through prepared and improvised performances.
- use self-reflection and peer feedback to refine individual and ensemble performances of a varied repertoire of music.
- demonstrate understanding of relationships between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life.
By the end of the 2nd year of study (normally eighth grade) a student will be able to:
- share personally-developed melodies and/or rhythmic passages - individually or as an ensemble - that demonstrate understanding of defined characteristics of music or texts studied in rehearsal.
- develop strategies to address technical challenges and evaluate their success using feedback from ensemble peers and other sources to refine choral performances.
- demonstrate attention to technical accuracy and expressive qualities in prepared and improvised performances of music representing diverse cultures and styles.
- describe how understanding context and the way the elements of music are manipulated, informs the response to music.
- explain the influence of experiences, analysis, and context on interest in and evaluation of music.
Each student enrolled in chorus at Honor Intermediate will learn to sing independently. By learning the Kodály method of pitch notification in combination with S-Cubed: Successful Sight Singing for Middle School Choir curriculum, students will develop the skills necessary to be a successful musician in high school chorus.Students will be assessed individually and in a large ensemble using both traditional and 21st century methods. Ultimately students will be able to rehearse, perform and evaluate as independent learners which will lead to ensemble success.