242Lauren M. Voight

    Choral Director/Adaptive Music class Instructor
    HS Fine Arts Department

    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 2022-23 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. Thank you!


    Advanced Choir program expectations

    Learning goals

    1. Learn physiological and cognitive techniques for quality vocal production.
    2.   Learn to read and translate music symbols.
    3.   Develop music sight-reading skills.
    4.   Analyze and perform varied multi-lingual text.
    5.   Develop inner hearing and aural perception skills for singing.
    6.   Practice and perform vocal and listening skills in a rehearsal setting.
    7.   Identify and perform vocal harmonies.
    8.   Understand the parts of a choral music score.
    9.   Differentiate and perform appropriate characteristics and elements of musical style according to genre, cultural, or historical context.
    10. Using a choral score(s) to learn varied quality repertoire.
    11. Learn to follow the actions of a choral conductor/director.
    12. Learn the skills of a choral concert performer.
    13. Perform in a Choral concert.
    14. Learn critique skills for the purpose of improving future performances.

    High School Choir grading descriptions

    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 and forms
    • Performance Voice products on video, audio platforms
    • Written reflections/critiques on google documents
    • Music theory/sightreading drill exercises with screenshot results
    • Interactive video Q and A(Edpuzzle)

    The overall grading categories are broken down as follows.

    50%- Vocal Assessments/Mandatory Concert attendance-This category will include grades received on the quality and accuracy of voice tests both live and on flip grid.

    • Vocal Assessments-Items will be graded according to criteria put forth for each project and will include accuracy of pitch and rhythm, phrasing, proper vowel shape, breath flow, and support.
    • Concert attendance-Students are required to perform in two concerts during the school year.  Concert dates and requirements are listed below:
      • Spring Concert:  MAY 3, 2023 6:30pm concert start 
        • Students report at 6:00 pm 
        • Location:  High School Auditorium

    Students are expected to wear appropriate attire to evening concerts.  A vocal ensemble strives to appear as a unit and the evening concert is a formal, elegant and dignified event.  Therefore, a successful required dress code* is listed below.

    *Concert Attire:  Black top and Black bottom.

    Dress shoes (if possible), black or dark pants/skirt/dress, black button-down shirt, black collared shirt, or blouse.

    No tank tops or spaghetti straps please, sleeveless ok.

    Warren Hills Regional High School Choir Concerts are open to parents, the community, and the public free of charge.

    30%-Classwork assignments-Students will be given assignments in the form of google forms, google slides, Edpuzzle, and music drilling websites(hand in a screenshot of work). 

    20%-Class participation-” Class participation” will be described as the following:  

    Consistent participation in daily classroom tasks and activities including a strong effort to act out any physical movement, vocal activities, and technique exercises with energy and purpose.

    The following class participation rubric will be used:

    • 100%-Student always participates in the aspects of “Class Participation”
    • 95%-Student mostly participates in the aspects of “Class Participation”
    • 90%-Student mostly participates in most aspects of “Class Participation”
    • 85%-Student sometimes participates in most aspects of “Class Participation”
    • 80%-Student seldom participates in most aspects of “Class Participation”
    • 75% and below-Student rarely participates in some aspect of “Class Participation”

    Expected Chorus Class behaviors

    Choir Classroom behaviors:

    Students should…..

    1.  Follow Directions
    2.  Raise their hand to speak
    3.  Treat others in the class with dignity, kindness, tolerance, and respect
    4.  Refrain from consuming food, drink, or gum (other than water) during class
    5. Refrain from using electronic devices during class.
    6.  Work hard to NOT distract others in the class
    7.  Respect the rehearsal process by maintaining a quiet and focused learning environment
    8.  Make a commitment to learning by performing daily tasks and setting and achieving personal long and short-term goals.
    9.  Keep an open mind…….. and allow the beauty of true artistic expression to come into their lives.


    Class Information-Adaptive 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, its 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