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I am looking forwards to a great year in choir.  We will learn posture, singing and reading basics to start the year!

We will be singing at the our annual Flag Day presentation on September 11.

 

Choir Syllabus and Information Sheet 2019-20

 

Instructor:  Mrs. E. Borg 

E-Mail: eborg@alpenaleopards.org Phone: 870-437-2228

Best time to call: after 3:15 or from noon to 12:30

 

Choir is a co-curricular class.  This means that we have class time when we work on material, it receives credit towards graduation and also has out-of-class time components (ex. performances).  Choir can lead to some wonderful experiences but it can also be difficult at times. Remember you are doing this to get better at singing. You will not be a professional at the end but you should improve.  Just do your best and participate at all times with a good attitude.

 

Performances are required unless you have another performance/competition of equal importance and you let the director know in writing at least 2 weeks in advance or there is a true emergency(hospital, death in family, etc.) and you let me know as soon as possible. Birthdays are not emergencies. I will have a list of performances by the end of August that will include most performances that we will be performing.  Most will be during the school day but the concerts in December and May will be in the evening. If a performance comes up that is not on the list, I will let you know as soon as possible.

 

The Winter and Spring Concerts are Required performances and will be the semester exams for this class.  I do this because the concerts are truly everything they have been doing during the semester put together in performance.  They want to show what the choir has been doing and need to be there to cover their part. We do not have substitutes or backups.  If a student must miss one of these performances for any excused reason, you will need to call me beforehand if possible and then send a note when they return to school for them to be able to do an essay for makeup exam.

 

Required Supplies: pencil, music folder, and paper.  We will have matching polo shirts for relaxed performances.  For concerts, they will be expected to dress in dressy school appropriate clothing.  Example - ladies - dress or skirt and blouse, gentlemen - dress slacks and button down shirt, tie preferred but not required (usually black and white).  If anything else is needed I will let you know.

 

Rules and Expectations: (Includes anytime involved in choir)

Do Right!

No food, gum, or drink other than water in class.  No Hats in class.

Respect each other, the teacher, and the instruments including your voice

Keep hands to yourself

No electronic devices in the class unless the teacher has a specific lesson for them

Always participate and follow instructions promptly

Remember, we are only as good as the weakest person in the group, help your music family be great!!!

 

Discipline - if offense is severe, we will move up consequences faster.

1st offense - verbal warning

2nd offense - written work and/or call parents

3rd offense - detention

4th offense - referral to principal

 

Grading - Choir is graded on a numerical scale just like math or English.  Because it is a co-curricular class, it does have some out of class time requirements that are graded.

 

Grades will be taken from daily class work (participation, attitude, trying, and having all of your supplies), performances both during school and after school, tests both written and vocal, quizzes, and written work such as theory lessons.

 

Make-up work will be similar to the school policy.  The only grades that cannot be made up are performances.  You are expected to be there. If a true emergency or illness occurs, please contact me or leave a message if it will affect a performance.

 

Technology/Information: I will keep you informed with Remind, google classroom, and the school website.  

Please, both student and parent/guardian sign into Remind and Google Classroom so that I can get messages to you quickly and efficiently.  You will need to indicate student or parent when you sign in. We will be doing some homework and singing tests on Google classroom. Remind will be how I send/receive most communications.

 

Remind instructions:

Smartphone: rmd.at/alpenac

Text notifications: To: 81010 then put in the message: @alpenac

Computer notifications: rmd.at/alpenac

 

I will have information on the school webpages under High School and then scroll down to Borg. At times, I will have practice music on the web page that due to copyright law will need to be password protected. The user name is Alpena music.  The password is Leopard choir.

 

Google classroom code is ckxwzc.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to working with the choir this year!

 

Musically,

Mrs. E. Borg

870-437-2228

eborg@alpenaleopards.org