Skyridge Middle School Choirs
2018-19 Expectations and Guidelines
Welcome to choir class! This is going to be a great year of music making!
To enjoy singing and also develop musicianship,
we need to respect each other and the work of the choir.
By following these expectations and guidelines, you can help your choir succeed!
1. Purchase a ½ inch three-ring binder for choir class. This will be your choir folder that will hold all your music and written work. It will be stored in the choir room.
2. Come to class on time and take your place on the risers right away.
3. Be respectful to all members of our choir.
4. Listen and follow directions during warm-ups and rehearsals.
5. Be willing to take chances and be a contributing member of our choir.
1. Have folder, music, and pencil with you at all times.
2. Be respectful at all times:
A. No talking when the teacher is giving directions—especially if it is another section
of the choir that is working/singing. Talk and visit DURING BREAKS!!!
B. PARTICIPATE—during warm-ups, sight-singing, and rehearsal. ALWAYS.
C. Appreciate when others work hard or sound great!
(You can do this by clapping, smiling, or giving a compliment!)
3. Don’t chew gum in choir. Please deposit gum in the wastebasket before class begins. Daily points will be deducted for chewing gum/eating candy in class.
4. Drink water only in choir; no other food or drink is allowed.
5. Cell phone use is prohibited (including texting) and should not be visible during class.
An important note regarding participation points:
Choir is a performance/participation based class. Up to 10 points may be earned each class period for active and appropriate participation in choir. Points will be deducted for incomplete daily work, lack of participation, chewing gum, non-cooperation, etc. at the teacher’s discretion.
Daily work (Warm ups, sight reading, class participation, written work) 60%
Performance Assessments 25%
Being in choir is a year-long commitment and requires you to attend evening performances. Below are the concert dates for the school year. If you are involved in sports or other activities that conflict with these dates, you should not sign up for choir!
- Performances are mandatory, so plan ahead and make every effort to be there.
- Students are responsible for informing your parents about concert dates/times and arranging transportation.
-If there is a serious schedule conflict, I will accept a note or phone call from a parent excusing the absence at least two weeks before a scheduled performance.
-If there is an emergency and you cannot attend a performance, then a parent should write a note or call after the emergency to excuse you.
ANY MISSED PERFORMANCE WILL REQUIRE A PARENT TO CONTACT THE CHOIR DIRECTOR TO EXPLAIN THE ABSENCE. STUDENTS MUST CONTACT ME AFTER THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL TO DISCUSS THEIR MISSED PERFORMANCE AND TO SCHEDULE A TIME TO DO THEIR MAKE-UP PERFORMANCE.
Of course our main goal is to sing well at our concerts, but looking good is also important! Concert attire this year will be black.
Plan ahead to have these clothes ready for our first concert!
Concert dress for boys is: collared black shirt (long or short sleeve, no logos), black slacks (no jeans), black dress shoes, black socks. A colorful necktie or bowtie is not required, but is most certainly welcome! All attire must conform to the Skyridge Middle School dress code.
Concert dress for girls is: black dress OR black skirt with black shirt/blouse OR collared black shirt (long or short sleeve—no bare shoulders, no logos), black slacks (no jeans). Girls must also wear black dress shoes, regardless of which outfit option they choose. Black leggings may be worn with a dress or skirt only. Due to safety concerns, no high heels, please. All attire must conform to the Skyridge Middle School dress code.
8th grade SKY choir will be robed. Wear black shoes and black slacks if they show underneath your robe!
Concert Dates 2018-19 (all choirs)
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR FESTIVAL FIELD TRIP (ALL DAY) April 12th
Fort Vancouver High School (8TH GRADE ONLY)
Tuesday, March 19th, Spring Choir Concert 7pm—Skyridge Wood Gym
Wednesday, June 12th, Final Choir Concert 7pm—Skyridge Wood Gym
CHOIR EXPECTATIONS SIGNED AGREEMENT
I understand that choir is a year-long commitment and requires evening performances. I have read and understand these expectations and guidelines INCLUDING CONCERT ATTIRE AND THE MANDATORY PERFORMANCE DATES for choir at Skyridge Middle School for 2018-19, and agree to make every effort to attend these performances. I understand that if I am ill or have a conflict with a performance date, that it is my responsibility to have my parent contact my teacher by email or by note to explain my conflict/absence. Makeup performances for missed performances will be arranged on an individual basis.
__________________________ ___________________________ _________ Student name (print) Student signature date
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Parent name (print) Parent signature date
Please sign and return this page to Mrs. Sappington.
It is worth 20 points!