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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.

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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.