Welcome to the 6th grade Choir at PFMSAll choir students meet for 6th grade choir twice a cycle.Day 1 (PD7) & Day 5 (PD9)Students can always be added to the choir, but if you are not added before the school year begins, it is very difficult to schedule twice a cycle due to the language schedule along with the health and PE placement. So, if you are thinking about choir, it is always best to sign up and remove yourself rather than add yourself later.Choir is a graded class, so please be mindful that once you are committed you need to finish your class. We will not permit dropping after the third cycle of school until after the winter concert. Thank you for your cooperation.Please mark your calendarAttendance REQUIREDWinter Concert December 12th at 7:00 pmSpring Concert May 21st at 7:00 pmStudents arrive at the music room by 6:30 pm.6th GRADE CHOIR at PFMS
WELCOME TO THE SCASD CHORAL PROGRAM
I look forward to sharing this year with you and helping you develop your voice, your ears, and your musicianship through the gift of singing.
It is better to try and fail than to fail to try...Sixth Grade Choir is an opportunity for 6th graders of both teams to come together and participate in a large choir ensemble. For most of you, this is your first experience singing in a group this large. You will have the opportunity to focus your vocal skills while blending in a group. You will learn various dynamics, articulation, and meter. You will perform in two concerts: December 12, Winterfest Concert including the 7th and 8th grade choirs and May 2, 6th Grade Choir and Band Spring Concert. Did I mention we also like to have as much fun as possible...which happens throughout our time together.
Some basic information:
Any 6th grade student is eligible to participate in the choir. There are no auditions prior to membership, and the doors are open to anyone who has a desire to sing. So come along and bring a friend!
Choir is scheduled as a class. This means regular attendance at rehearsals, good participation, and completion of all requirements will be graded. Each marking period report card will include a grade for 6th Grade Choir determined by evaluation of the components listed above and elaborated upon below.
When?6th Grade Choir meets during Day 4 or 5 AREA.Students will be required to meet during other area days twice per marking period for sectionals. I will provide a rotation on when you attend your small group lesson which will occur twice per marking period. This will help you fine tune your singing skills and learn your parts more effeciently. If you cannot attend the area you are assigned you would need to attend one of the make up areas to make up your small group lesson before the end of the marking period.
Rehearsals are normally held in the auditorium during day 5 area. This gives us an opportunity to rehearse in our concert "arena" to get used to the acoustics of the room and logistics of the stage. Occasionally, rehearsals will be moved to another room to accommodate other school groups wishing to use the auditorium.
Singing is the most natural form of music-making. It is also very personal, as we carry our "instrument" with us everywhere we go, all the time. Choir provides a setting in which we can come together as a group to explore and enjoy what we do naturally! And really, who among us has not enjoyed singing in some form at some time in his/her life - whether we admit it or not! :)
If not already on a student's schedule, Choir can be added easily by emailing me, stopping in to let me know, or stopping in to let your counselor know. The counselors are always willing to make that change, and I am always glad to see new faces and hear those new voices!
TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN CHOIR, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO:
- Attend all 6th grade rehearsals and performances unless you are absent from school or have a family emergency. Your parents need to notify me BEFORE the performance if you will be absent.
- Be on time, in your assigned position, and ready to sing for each rehearsal (Day 5 AREA). We will meet in the auditorium on the stage or in the music room (451). You will be given an assigned spot to sit/stand for each rehearsal.
- Memorize parts for each concert.
- Demonstrate a positive attitude and appropriate behavior throughout rehearsals and performances.
PLEASE NOTE: TALKING at inappropriate moments is disruptive to our group efforts, talking in class and/or other disruptive behaviors will result in disciplinary action and/or removal from the choir.
6th GRADE CHOIR at PFMS
Sixth Grade Choir meets twice each cycle Day 1 period 7 and Day 5 period 9. All rehearsals take place during the school day.
It is most advantageous for your child to attend all of the rehearsals. If a student is in school, they are expected to be at the rehearsal on that day. If a student is behind in other classes or doing poorly and needs remediation for another subject, it is highly encouraged the student make arrangements to attend on another day other than the choir rehearsal day. I work with students and teachers to make sure all students' needs are met and working around this has been positive and effective.
Singers are expected to wear BLACK on bottom and WHITE on top. All people are asked to wear black/dark pants/skirts and white collared shirts (tucked in) or a white shirt along with dark shoes. No sneakers please. No flip-flops, sandals or high heels. These shoes are dangerous on the risers. For the winter concert, the students will be asked to wear a pop of color...and will be sent a student survey to choose that color prior to the concert. In the spring, we ask all students to choose a pop of color to add to their concert dress that represents spring. This color should be a tie, hair band, scarf, necklace, bracelet etc.
For both concerts at PFMS, 6th grade choir students should arrive by 6;30 pm in order to warm-up and review the logistics of the concert. The warm- up location varies depending on the concert, but the arrival time remains the same. The Spring Concert involves both 6th grade band and choir members. Band members arrive earlier than choir students and will warm-up FIRST with the band and then come over to the music room for their vocal warm up.
Coming together is the beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success. Here’s to a super successful year!