• As always, we spend a majority of our time working to improve our vocal production. This includes building on what we have learned in the past and focusing on how we want our vocal ability to improve. 

    All class begins with breath control and support of the voice as we sing using class style vocal exercises to improve the sound of the individual as well as the section and choir as a whole.  

    Other daily activities are as follows:

    EAR TRAINING: (performed with Curwen hand signs)

    • Major Scale
    • Intervals of the major scale includint Major, minor, and Perfect
    • Thirds, Fourths, Fifths,
    • Arpeggios based on a major scale
    • Chromatics 
    • Chord progressions
    • recognizing overtones

    Overtone singing

    polyphonic overtone singing explained visually

    MUSIC THEORY:

    • Focusing on sight reading in the keys of C, D, F and G
      • being able to recognize the key signatures and finding the tonic or "Do" of the key
      • being able to find the beginning pitch for the sight reading exercise
      • being able to sing a tonic triad and beginning pitch
    • Sight reading basic rhythms including
      • whole notes and rest,
      • half notes and rest,
      • quarter notes and rest
      • eight notes and rest
      • dotted quarter eight notes and rest

     

    INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ALPHABET:

    • Pure Latin and Italian vowels
    • clean consonants
    • pronuciation and enunciation of words in 
      • English
      • Latin
      • Hebrew
      • Spanish
      • other languages

     

    SUPERIOR CHORAL SOUND:

    • Blend and balance
      • within a section
      • across the choir
    • musicality of a phrase
    • reading beyond the staff
    • interpretation of composers arrangements
    • telling the story of the song
    • visual as well as aural presentation of each song

     

    MUSIC:

    Concert: 

    • American Folk Songs 
    • Patriotic Songs

     

    Cantori:

    • I Will Lift Up My Voice
    • The Lobster Quadrille
    • Music Will Lead The Way
    • Kokomo

    Vivace:

    • In Umbra
    • Stars I Shall Find
    • Music Will Lead The Way
    • Hallelujah