Vocal/Choral Music: Beginning Level    

    Instructor:  Glenda Inman

    Contact: ginman@henry.k12.va.us                                                                   

    Materials Needed:   Concert Attire:

    GIRLS--Black pants or knee length skirt, white 3/4 length sleeve or long sleeve shirt, black shoes (no spike/stiletto heels), & hose in your shade.

    Boys--Black dress pants, long sleeve white shirt & tie, black socks, black shoes  

    Informal Concerts-- Will be decided as a group

    Course Description:  Seventh Grade Choir is designed to develop good singing habits and to direct the students toward a positive choral experience.  The Vocal/Choral Standards of Learning require performance, creativity, and investigation at a basic level.  Students are taught music notation, basic music terminology, and simple sight-singing.  Students are given vocal demonstrations by the teacher with emphasis on correct vocal habits and good vocal health. Students have many opportunities to improve their voices through the singing of vocal exercises as well as a wide variety of choral literature.  In addition, students also study ways in which music is related to other disciplines.

    Special concerts/trips:  Written information will be sent home in advance of the concert or trip.

    Classroom Expectations/Rules:
    1.  Be Respectful
    2 Put forth your best effort
    3. No chewing gum
    4.  Have FUN


    *Observe all school and county rules listed in handbook and code of conduct. School’s Swords for Success applies.

    Grading Policy:

    All grades will be weighted evenly between daily participation, homework, concerts, quizzes, and tests.

    *Unexcused concert absents will result in receiving a zero


    Virginia Standards of Learning--Beginning Choir

    CB.1    The student will demonstrate proper posture and breathing techniques to support vocal production.

    1.       Identify vocal anatomy, including the function of the diaphragm and larynx in singing.

    2.       Use breathing techniques to support vocal production.

    3.       Demonstrate the operation of the vocal mechanism.


    CB.2    The student will sing with a free and clear tone, using accurate intonation.

    1.       Sing developmentally appropriate vocal exercises.

    2.       Perform assigned vocal parts in repertoire accurately.


    CB.3    The student will sing with purity of vowels and clarity of consonants.

    1.       Produce pure vowel sounds—ah, eh, ee, oh, and oo.

    2.       Articulate consonant sounds.


    CB.4  Performance:     The student will perform dynamics and tempos as indicated by markings in thescore in both solo and ensemble singing.

    1.       Apply dynamic markings, including p, mp, mf, f, crescendo,decrescendo.

    2.       Apply tempo markings, including allegro, andante, and lento.


    CB.5    The student will perform an assigned vocal part in unison and in simple harmony.

    1.       Sing at least three of the following: rounds, canons, descants, partner songs.

    2.       Sing literature in two-part harmony.

    3.       Sing literature with and without instrumental accompaniment.


    CB.6    The student will respond to basic conducting gestures.


    CB.7    The student will respond to music through movement.

    1.       Use movement to illustrate contrasting styles of music.

    2.       Use body percussion to practice and perform rhythms.


    CB.8    The student will improvise short melodic and rhythmic patterns in response to aural prompts.

    1.       Improvise“responses” in a style similar to given rhythmic and melodic phrases.

    2.       Use multimedia applications in creating original music.

    Cultural Context and Music Theory

    CB.9    The student will read and write basic music notation.

    1.       Identify notes and rests (eighth, quarter, half, whole), basic symbols, and terms.

    2.       Analyze and sight-read simple four-measure phrases, using a symbol system.

    3.       Read and write rhythmic patterns in simple meter at various tempos.

    4.       Utilize available and related software.


    CB.10  The student will identify simple musical forms.

    1.       Identify similar and contrasting phrases.

    2.       Recognize visually and aurally AB and ABA forms.


    CB.11  The student will study selections that represent various historical, stylistic, and culturalcontexts of choral music.

    1.       Compare and contrast the functions of vocal/choral music in various cultures.

    2.       Identify distinguishing characteristics of representative choral music from a variety of cultures.

    3.       Classify an exemplary vocal/choral work by historical period, composer, and title.

    Judgment and Criticism

    CB.12  The student will apply choral techniques and musicianship in the evaluation of music performances.

    1.       Provide answers to questions regarding criteria for evaluating vocal/choral performances and compositions.

    2.       Develop and apply criteria for evaluating vocal/choral performances.



    CB.13  The student will compare music to the other fine arts.

    1.       Identify common elements and descriptive terms used in music with those used in the dance arts ,theater arts,      and visual arts.

    2.       Identify careers in music.


    CB.14  The student will demonstrate an awareness of the collaborative nature of the choral art.

    1.       Contribute to the success of the ensemble.

    2.       Demonstrate concert etiquette as a performer and listener.