Music - Vocal Course Descriptions

1100 Freshman Chorus

  • Grade Level: 9
  • Credits earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Treble (Soprano or Alto) voice

Description: Come be part of a team of freshman working together to make quality music. Whether you’re new to chorus or have years of experience, this year-long class specializes in bringing out the beauty of the treble voice. Have fun as you perform in various concerts throughout the year.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Students will experience music representing diverse cultures, styles, and genres.
  • Students are required to participate in 3-4 local concerts per year.
  • Students will learn and develop the ability to read music.
  • Students will learn and develop proper singing techniques.
  • Students will learn effective rehearsal strategies.

State Course: 05110A000, Chorus

1102 Treble Clef

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Audition

Description: Get ready for some “TREBLE!” This course serves as a bridge for experienced vocalists to continue their quest to master choral techniques. Treble Clef is the perfect choice for students who are ready for a singing challenge by performing advanced music literature.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Students will learn to identify strategies to address performance challenges of selected music, including technical accuracy and expressive qualities.
  • Students are required to participate in 3-4 local concerts per year.
  • Students will work together to develop criteria to critique individual or group performances.
  • Students will apply practice strategies in a varied repertoire of music representing diverse cultures, styles, and genres.

State Course: 05110A000, Chorus

1102 Show Choir

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Vocal & Dance Audition

Description: Bring out your inner DIVA! Working as a team, students will combine singing and dancing to create eye catching performances. Learn the fundamentals of choreography and how movement enhances a musical production.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Continue to develop rehearsal strategies and use peer feedback to refine performances
  • Work with classmates to choreograph dance steps
  • Learn how to adapt choreography based on different venues
  • Study music of various styles, cultures and historical periods

State Course: 05111A000, Vocal Ensembles

1104 Acappella

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Audition

Description: So you really love to sing...you’ve come to the right place! Acappella is an advanced course for vocal musicians ready to perform various works of all genres including collegiate and festival level literature.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Peer and self-assess rehearsals to refine music for performances
  • Deeply examine the technical and expressive aspects of music
  • Auditioning for ILMEA is strongly recommended
  • A minimum of 5 required concerts per year

State Course: 05111A000, Vocal Ensembles

1106 Choraliers 1 Credit Grades 10-12

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Vocal & Dance Audition

Description: GLITZ, GLIMMER, SHINE, & SHIMMER! Choraliers celebrates the connection between movement and music as students present dozens of performances throughout the school year to various audiences in a variety of venues. Students work toward mastery of vocal techniques and choreography in a variety of music including today’s pop, Broadway show-tunes, and show choir standards.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Students will collaborate with peers to improve performance qualities and establish personal performance goals.
  • Students will demonstrate the understanding of the technical and performance demands of various prepared or improvised performances.
  • 5-6 Required Performances per year with additional seasonal performances as scheduled.
  • Students demonstrate ability to repeat sequences and synchronize actions to improve performance quality.

State Course: 05111A000, Vocal Ensembles

1109/ Mixed Chorus

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Audition

Description: Do you like music? Do you catch yourself jamming out to the radio? This year-long vocal music class introduces new or developing performers to the fundamentals of chorus. Come be part of a group working together to perform in high-energy concerts throughout the year. This course may be repeated for credit.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Students will experience music representing diverse cultures, styles, and genres.
  • Students are required to participate in 3-4 local concerts per year.
  • Students will learn and develop the ability to read music.
  • Students will learn and develop proper singing techniques.

State Course: 05110A000, Chorus