Vocal Music - Choir, Guitar and Music
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Welcome to Folwell's Vocal Music Program

The students will be working hard developing their skills as singers and musicians. We will be focusing on breathing techniques, warm-up routines and vocal production. In addition to vocal techniques, we will focus on achieving good concert etiquette and developing a positive and strong choral community. Over the course of this year, we will continue to develop rehearsal and performance habits to help our students achieve high quality musicianship.

All choirs this year will focus on sight-singing. The ability to read music is a skill the students are expected to hold as they enter high school as a musician and one they will carry with them for life. However, this is a tough task to accomplish, as it is just like learning a different language. With the use of Bruce Phelps Sight Singing Methods and SmartMusic, the students will learn how to read music via sol-feg.  As an a cappella (without accompaniment) group, they need to focus daily on being strong singers and maintaining their sense of community.  

 

Firebird Choir

Firebird Choir is a lesson and performance based ensemble class consisting of 5th grade students. Firebird Choir is a yearlong course that focuses on the introduction to, and development of individual and ensemble musicianship. Ensemble musicianship, note reading, rehearsal and practice techniques, tone development and technical facility will be introduced through rehearsals and performances.

 

Varsity Choir

Varsity Choir is a performance based ensemble consisting of 6th through 8th grade students. Varsity Choir is a yearlong course, rehearsing on A Days, that focuses on the development of individual and ensemble musicianship. Ensemble musicianship, note reading, rehearsal and practice techniques, tone development and technical facility will be developed thorugh rehearsals and performances.

 

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an advanced, performance based ensemble consisting of 6th through 8th grade students. Concert Choir is a yearlong course, rehearsing everyday,  that focuses on the development of individual and ensemble musicianship. Ensemble musicianship, note reading, rehearsal and practice techniques, tone development and technical facility will be fine-tuned thorugh rehearsals and performances.

 

Beginning Guitar

Beginning Guitar is a yearlong class meets on A Days. This class is designed to introduce basic guitar playing to beginners, with no previous music study needed. Students will learn to play basic strumming patterns with chord changes as well as learn to sing a song while accompany themselves on the guitar. This course is open to 6th - 8th grade students. 

 

Music Exploritory

Music Exploritory is just that! Exploring various aspects of music performance, music appreciation, music careers, musical styles, and broadening their musical listening experiences. There is emphasis on singing activities, vocal production and techniques providing students knowledge of what their voice can produce in through singing. This course provides opportunites for growth in the understanding of musical elements: rhythm, melody, form tempo,m dynamics, harmony, expressive elements, and style. This course meets on B Days throughout the year.