This performance-based class will include instruction aimed at a healthy singing technique, strategies for sight singing, and a strong foundation in basic musicianship. We will work on creating music as a unified ensemble and will perform genres including traditional choral music, folk music, music of the African and African American traditions, and musical theatre. We will explore the cultural, musical, and historical contexts of all of the music that we will learn. Additional repertoire will be based on student interest and ideas.
Students will learn to sing confidently alone and with others. They will recognize the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, etc.) and will be able to effectively analyze and critique their own performances. Additionally, students will leave this course with a deep knowledge of the cultural context of the music performed in class.