MUV303: Show Choir I (2012-2013)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Music
COURSE TITLE: Show Choir I
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The show choir course is designed to provide students vocal jazz competencies and experiences. The content includes, but is not limited to, the following concepts: sight-reading music notation vocally singing three- and four-part music, practicing and using vocal improvisation, using back-up accompaniment and ensemble tone color/quality, performing in public performances and musical productions, interpreting contemporary vocal music scores, studying of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic structure in vocal jazz and popular choral music, studying intonation, singing a cappella, singing with instrumental accompaniment, and creating and performing appropriate choreography.
Major Instructional Activities: instructional activities will be provided, in part, through the following choral approaches: hearing and singing musical intervals; using aural dictation and ear-training exercises; completing daily sight-reading exercises during regularly scheduled chorus rehearsals; demonstrating techniques of blend, balance, and vocal jazz timbres; interpreting voice part while observing all critical markings; participating in public performances, singing a cappella; performing a wide variety of vocal jazz and popular arrangements; and staging choreography and establishing a stage presence.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be required to pass periodic sight-reading examinations and to perform successfully, independently and stylistically, in groups by demonstrating all interpretive markings indicated in the score.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the show choir course, students should be able to: Sight-sing vocal jazz and popular music independently and in ensemble. Produce correct vocal jazz style. Demonstrate correct rehearsal behavior. Perform for school and community Participate in choreography and staging of musical performances.