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    242Lauren M. Voight

    Choral Director/Piano class Instructor/Fundamentals of Music class Instructor
    HS Fine Arts Department
    voightl@warrenhills.org

    The Warren Hills Choral Program Philosophy:
    The Warren Hills choir class curriculum is dedicated to using outstanding choral repertoire to introduce quality vocal music techniques, aural perception skills, aesthetic awareness, and exposure to multi-cultural musical styles and genres to students.  The class structure provides a real-world rehearsal setting that is designed to attain the highest possible level of musicianship and artistic performance including achieving the “Choral Sound” and learning the interpersonal skills needed to work with others in a Choral ensemble.

    Greetings!  Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  Please find below the classes I will be teaching this year and the Google Classroom codes for each of the classes.  Below that information, you will find more details about the policies and procedures of all of the classes along with the learning templates for each week.  Thank you!

    Office Hours For all Classrooms will be Monday-Friday 8:45-9:45  Please send me a message on google hangouts or email me and we can open a meet if needed.

    Block A Advanced Choir:

    Google Classroom Code:  jon5ovt

    Block B Advanced Choir:

    Google Classroom Code:  ssivpxd

    Block C Fundamentals of Music

    Google Classroom Code:  mvadua6

    Block D Introduction to Piano keyboard (Semester I only)

    Google Classroom Code:  hjbauug

    Block D Introduction to PIano Keyboard (Semester II)

    Google Classroom code:  vy2665x

     

    Class Information-Advanced Choir 

     

    As of January, 2021 Learning templates for the rest of the school year can be found on the google classroom for Advanced Choir classes.  Students are working on developing vocal skills repertoire to be recorded or performed live in a safe concert setting.  Students are expected to learn vocal parts through remote or google meet learning activities or hybrid live instruction.  Students will be expected to record their singing progress utilizing the platform "Flipgrid" or "Soundtrap".  

    Other learning activities include completing video viewing, question and answer tasks on the platform "Edpuzzle" and also engaging in "Sightreading factory" a music reading website that gives feedback to students as they learn to read music.

    Specific google meet behavior and performance expectations:  Learning to sing remotely at home is not comfortable or ideal for many reasons.  Knowing that this is a temporary situation and that some things are out of our control, students should strive to make the best effort possible under their own circumstances to do the following:

    • Sign on to the meet with the camera on, keep it on for the entire meet and stay within the "square" view so they can be observed as engaging in the learning activities.
    • Refrain from eating, using the phone, playing with pets or younger siblings during the meet
    • Choose a place to attend the meet that allows for both sitting and standing activities
    • Choose a place to attend the meet that allows for them to sing without disturbing others in the house and/or sing in a place that will make them feel self-conscious and being judged and making mistakes 

    As an update to the paragraph below:  We are now singing live in the classroom and in the auditorium utilizing safety protocols.  Students are being provided with structured "Singers masks" that will allow for vocal sounds to resonate and for masks to stay away from students' lips during inhalation.  It is a possible goal for us to perform a live in-person concert in the spring.  Details will be provided as they become available.  Thank you!

    As you are all aware, our current circumstances prevent us from performing live indoor singing rehearsals and performances in the traditional manner.  Having spent the summer attending webinars and keeping up with performing arts studies regarding singing, I have found that our best course of action is to adapt our learning activities to utilize the best practices recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations(NFHS) and the ARTS ED NJ September Ready Fall Guidance for Performing Arts Education.  I am posting links to the websites for these organizations and the results of their research below.  There will be no live concert performances until further notice.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

    ARTS ED NJ
     
     
    Keeping Arts Ed Safe At School, Mask evrything,Distance 6 feet,Timing outdoor and indoor 30 minutes with 6 feet spacing, prop

    Advanced Choir Class Grading Procedures: 

    1.  Assessments will be designed and performed throughout the year on the following: 

    • Progress and consistent application of learned vocal skills and techniques
    • Knowledge of taught repertoire including notes, rhythms, and interpretations
    • Knowledge and progress on taught music reading and aural perception skills 
    • Quality and effort of participation in group and individual learning activities 
    • Application, proper use of and quality reflection and critique skills   

    2.   Choir Class Assessment tools:

    • Written test(s) on google documents/slides
    • Teacher observations and engagements on google meets
    • Performance Voice products on video, audio platforms
    • Multiple-choice assessments on google forms
    • Written reflections/critiques on google documents
    • Music theory/sightreading drill exercises with screenshot results
    • Interactive video Q and A

     

    Class Information-Introduction to Piano Keyboard-Semester I and II

     

    Learning templates for piano keyboard class will be found on the piano class google classroom.

    This course is designed for students who have the desire to learn to read music and play the piano keyboard.  Throughout the semester, the students will learn the basic elements of music notation and piano playing techniques.  Students will play right and left-hand melodies as well as learning basic chords for harmonic accompaniment.  Piano keyboards are provided for class members to take home unless students currently own a piano.  Textbooks will also be provided for each student.

    Textbook:  Teach Yourself to Play the Piano-Alfred Publishing Co. 

    ISBN:  10:0:88284-674-4

    Choir Class Grading Procedures:

    *In order to preserve the authenticity of the playing product, students will be required to perform playing tests with their video camera pointed on their hands and face simultaneously either live or on a video recording. 

    1.  Assessments will be designed and performed throughout the semester on the following:

    • Progress on learned skills and techniques including posture, hand position, and fingerings.
    • Knowledge and applications of taught material including music reading literacy of notes, rhythms, and interpretation symbols.
    • Quality, consistency and effort of participation in learning activities

    2.  Piano Class Assessment tools:

    • Written tests using google docs/slides
    • Teacher observations and engagement on google meets
    • Piano Performance tests live or via video recordings
    • Multiple-choice assessments on google forms
    • Music theory/sightreading drill exercises with screenshot results
    • Interactive video Q and A

     

    Class Information-Fundamentals of Music

     

    This class is for the musician who will benefit from a large variety of “hands-on” application of music reading instruction, vocal and instrumental music performance experiences, and music history and appreciation activities.  

    Fundamental Music Class Expectations:

    1. Students are expected to practice the skills and techniques of music reading and translating the symbolic language of music.
    2. Students are expected to participate to the best of their abilities in hands-on performance-based music-related classroom activities.
    3. Students are expected to use observational and listening skills to understand and appreciate music, it’s role in our culture, society, and world.
    4. Students are expected to utilize appropriate behavior and follow instructed classroom procedures.

    Fundamental Class Grading Procedures:

    1.  Assessments will be designed and performed throughout the year on the following:

    • Progress on learned skills and techniques.
    • Quality, consistency, and effort of participation in classroom activities

     2.  Fundamentals of Music Assessment tools:

    • Graded classroom participation activities
    • Teacher observations and engagements on google meets