Class Syllabus
 

Middle School Choir Syllabus 

A Choir Student’s Responsibility...

To the Choir

As members of this group, you have a great deal of responsibility. We must always do what is best for the group overall. You are expected to be prepared to perform to the best of your ability, and you can only do that if you are present and focused during rehearsals. Respect each other. If there are conflicts, find a way to resolve them, because otherwise that takes away from the time we have to work together. Treat other students like you want to be treated.

To Ourselves

You are responsible for your choices and actions. Conduct yourself in a way that you are proud of. Be kind to yourself when you make a mistake. There are many life lessons and skills to be learned through the study and performance of choral music. What you put into it is what you will get out of it.

To the School

University Academy provides us with many resources for rehearsals and performances. It is a privilege to perform in the beautiful auditorium. We are proud to be singing Gryphons and we have the responsibility to be positive ambassadors of the school during on-stage rehearsals and performances.

To Music

Music has always been a part of human culture. We must take our music opportunities and use them for the betterment of that culture. Group singing has been around for hundreds of years and is an art form that expresses much of the human condition. When it comes to singing, the notes, rhythms, and words are just the beginning. Use your imagination to consider the deeper meaning of the text and how we can create beauty and meaning during our performances. No one expects you to be an opera star--only to do the very best you can each day.

 

Rehearsal/Class Procedures and Policies

Ultimately, we all need to learn our material so that we can all perform together to the best of our ability. The following expectations are in place so that our time together in class can be used productively, and so that we also have plenty of time to have some fun as well.

1. Arrive on time and be prepared to start class. Students should pick up their music folder and classroom supplies and read the board in front of the room for the rehearsal plan. All books and school supplies must be placed and remain under your chair, unless you are retrieving supplies (i.e. a pencil). To be considered “on time” to class, students must be seated in their assigned chair at the start of the hour and be prepared to begin warm ups. Students will remain in the assigned seats for the duration of rehearsal unless otherwise directed or given permission to be out of their seat.

                        Consequence: the school tardy policy will be enforced.

2. Always have your music and pencil with you in class. Mark your music with helpful notes during rehearsal. Pay attention to the teacher’s comments and make markings in your music that will help you remember and improve. This will help you learn the music much faster.

                        Consequence:  If a student is regularly unprepared for class, it will affect their Citizenship and parent contact will be made for support.

3. No talking during rehearsal. Whether the teacher is standing or sitting at the piano, students should follow their music and pay attention, even when their vocal group is not rehearsing. Full participation is expected from all students. Movement breaks and turn & talk breaks will be provided during rehearsal to balance this, so it is expected that when rehearsal resumes students are focused and ready to listen so that everyone can learn. Students are expected to follow the directions given by the teacher.

                        Consequence:  first occurrence: you will receive an N in Citizenship for that day. Second occurrence: you will receive an N in Citizenship for that day. Third occurrence: you will receive an N for the week and parent contact will be made. If the behavior continues regularly, Citizenship could drop to a U. A relocation to the Safe Seat or a relocation to the Buddy Room may also occur at any of these steps so you can get back on track.

4. NOT allowed in the choir classroom:

  1. Gum, food, drinks, candy, or other consumables.
  2. Putting on make-up, brushing hair, or other personal grooming.
  3. Horseplay, wrestling, getting out of your seat without permission, or goofing off.
  4. Throwing things or messing with another student

            Consequence:  first occurrence: you will receive an N in Citizenship for that day. Second occurrence: you will receive an N in Citizenship for that day. Third occurrence: you will receive an N for the week and parent contact will be made. If the behavior continues regularly, Citizenship could drop to a U. A relocation to the Safe Seat or a relocation to the Buddy Room may also occur at any of these steps so you can get back on track.

5. OFF LIMITS:

  1. Piano and sound equipment are off limits to students. Please do not touch these materials, unless specifically directed to do so.
  2. Teacher’s office: no student will be allowed in the office without permission.
  3. Unsupervised choir room: students may not be in the choir room without a teacher, administrator, or substitute.
  4. CELL PHONE USE

Consequence: if the teacher sees a phone in your hand in the classroom, she will confiscate it. The phone will remain in the locked choir office for the remainder of the day. You may pick it up after school. We will likely not need our phones for any in-class activities. However, if an activity arises where the teacher allows phone use, any off-task phone behavior will still lead to it being confiscated.

 

6. CLEAN UP. Put choir supplies back where they belong. Return your own music folder to its slot in the classroom. Pick up your own trash. Make sure your chair is in its correct location. We need to keep our room as clean as possible, and make sure that it is ready for the next class to use it.

            Consequence:  first occurrence: you will receive an N in Citizenship for that day. Second occurrence: you will receive an N in Citizenship for that day. Third occurrence: you will receive an N for the week and parent contact will be made. If the behavior continues regularly, your Citizenship grade could drop to a U.

 

Music Folder Policy

The teacher has provided a music folder for each choir student. It is expected that the folder remains in the classroom so that the student will always have their choir music ready to use in rehearsal. The student is expected to pick up their folder before taking their seat at the beginning of class, and the student is expected to return their folder before leaving the classroom each day (see Rehearsal Procedures above). The student is expected to keep their own music folder neat and organized. The student needs to have their music in order to fully participate in rehearsal. To hold students accountable, music folder checks will be conducted at least twice a month on Fridays. If it is discovered in a folder check that a student has damaged their folder or has lost their folder, they will be expected to provide their own folder to replace it within one week of the check. Parent contact will be made, as well. If it is discovered that a student has damaged another student’s folder, then the student will be expected to provide a folder for the other student within one week of the incident, and the student will be expected to help with classroom housekeeping during tutoring that week. Parent contact will be made, as well.

 

Big 5 Classroom Rules

1. Respect each other, our surroundings, our school, and ourselves.

2. Follow directions.

3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

4. Rehearse with effort and focus.

5. Work and play in a safe, non-disruptive manner.

 

Grading Policies:

Choir SBG Four Point Scale

 

4

 

 

I understand the learning target and I can teach or

apply it in new ways, make connections, and rehearse with engagement.

 

3

 

 

I understand the learning target and I can discuss and apply it with accuracy, and I can utilize the information during rehearsal.

 

2

 

 

I understand some of the learning target, but I need more practice and support to avoid making errors, and to use during rehearsal.

 

1

 

 

I don’t understand enough of the learning target to discuss it or apply it during rehearsal.

                                    

Grading Policies Continued:

All assessments and performances will be graded with the Standards Based Grading 4-point scale rubric (see above). Any other class work will be counted as practice and is necessary for learning, but will not directly affect grade. The overall course grade will reflect understanding and progress. Retakes and make-ups are always possible for scores of 1 and 2 (except for performances—that’s a one-time deal). It is the responsibility of the student to request these retake opportunities, which can happen during Advisory or during tutoring on Mondays. Each student will be given a weekly Citizenship grade reflecting their recent participation and effort during rehearsals based on responsibility, work habits, and respect. This will affect extracurricular eligibility.

 

Grading Breakdown for the Semester

                        50%--Weekly assessments

30%-- Performance at end of semester

                        20%--Post-test at end of semester

 

Choir Expectations

  • Be on time to all rehearsals and performances.
  • Upon entering class or rehearsal, pick up your music folder and handouts, and go directly to your seat. If tardy, be sure to do this quietly and without disrupting the class.
  • When the teacher asks for your attention, all talking should stop.
  • Come to the rehearsal with a positive attitude, and give your best. Let the teacher know if there is something going on that is going to prevent you from participating.
  • Make a real effort to improve on a daily basis.
  • At the end of rehearsal, put all materials in their proper place.
  • Assume responsibility for your own actions. Admit when you are wrong.
  • Have respect for yourself, other choir students, and adults in the building.
  • Practice like you will perform.
  • Attend at least one of two after-school rehearsals prior to the performance.
  • Prepare for and perform in the end of semester concert!

 

Concert Attire

The specific attire needed for a certain performance will be clarified at least a month in advance so that there is time to plan an outfit accordingly. Please note that it is essential that all members in a performing group dress uniformly so as to not call attention to any one person as an individual. However, if a concert outfit is left at home on the day of a concert, stained, etc., I would much rather a student perform in their school uniform (khaki pants and a collared shirt) than not perform at all. Not jeans, t-shirts, or sweatshirts are allowed on stage. 

 

After-School Rehearsal and Performance

Attendance Policy

 

The winter concert will be on Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00pm at the University Academy theater. All choir students are expected to attend. Students who have jobs or outside of school activities MUST arrange to get time off for performances. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her work supervisor or manager. When informed in advance, employers will allow a student time off for a graded school activity. Students who are involved in sports or other activities at UA must communicate the concert dates to their coach or sponsor, and from there, the coach can communicate with the choir teacher.

 

For all after-school choir event absences, students and parents must observe the following procedure. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a Performance No-Show (see below).

 

For pre-arranged absences:

  1. The teacher must be notified at least 2 weeks before the concert via e-mail, phone call, or conference, by a parent or guardian.
  2. In addition, an absentee request form must be printed from Ms. Adreani’s school page (on the UA MS website), filled out, and submitted to the teacher at least 2 weeks before the performance.

 

For illness or emergency:

  1. If an emergency or sudden illness comes up the day of a concert, the teacher must be contacted by a parent the next day with the reason.
  2. If a student is absent from school the day of a performance, the teacher must be called or emailed to be informed of the reason for the student’s absence.

 

If the above policies are followed, then the student is eligible for a Make-Up Performance Opportunity.

This is the only way a student is able to make up the points they could have earned if they had been at the performance. Students will be expected to perform a full run-through of the concert (in the theater or classroom, depending on theater availability) for the teacher. It will be the responsibility of the student to follow-up with the teacher and schedule a time after-school for the make-up performance before the end of the semester.

 

Performance No-Shows

If the above policies are not followed, and the student does not attend a performance, then the student will receive a zero for their performance grade.

 

Contract of Agreement and Understanding

 

Please return this page to the teacher, once the syllabus has been read thoroughly by both the student and a guardian and signed by both, by Tuesday, August 20th, 2019. The rest of the syllabus can be kept by student or guardian, for future reference.  

 

Please feel free to contact Ms. Adreani if you have any questions at 816-412-5983 or adreania@universityacademy.org

 

STUDENT

 

I have completely read the University Academy Choir Syllabus. I understand and agree that I will follow each rule and expectation outlined in this document to the best of my ability, including those on classroom and rehearsal behavior and performances. I understand that my contribution to the choir is an important part of the ensemble’s success. I understand that my music folder is my responsibility. I understand that if I miss an after-school rehearsal or performance that my grade will be affected, unless that absence has been excused by the teacher.

 

Student First/Last Name: ____________________________________________

 

Choir Class Hour: __________________

 

Student Signature: _________________________________________________ Date: ___________

 

 

PARENT OR GUARDIAN

 

I have completely read the University Academy Choir Syllabus. I understand that my child is expected to follow the policies listed in the syllabus, including those on behavior, participation, and attendance for after-school rehearsals and performances.

 

I understand that my child’s contribution to the choir is an important part of the ensemble’s success. I understand that if my child misses an after-school rehearsal or performance, his or her grade will be affected, unless that absence has been excused by the teacher.

 

Parent or Guardian First/Last Name: ___________________________________________________

 

Parent/Guardian signature: ___________________________________________ Date: ____________

 

Parent/Guardian’s preferred email address: _____________________________________________