4 Concert Choir 2020-2021 Assignments

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4/9 Active Listening: Let My Love Be Heard in Google Classroom

4/9 Active Listening: Let My Love Be Heard

Listen to the recording and then write a paragraph on the use of the elements of music.

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Hush! Analysis in Google Classroom

Hush! Analysis

Spirituals formed with three purposes:
1. To preserve culture and music from the slaves' past.
2. To bring a sense of solidarity, joy, or motivation during difficult times. 
3. To give codes for those seeking freedom. 


"Hush" falls under the second category. 

Read the excerpts from In Their Own Words by Eileen Guenther. Then, read the lyrics of "Hush!" and categorize the phrases into each of the three themes:
1. Death
2. Freedom
3. Praise

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Verse Voting in Google Classroom

Verse Voting

Complete the Google Form to help select the verses for our song! There is another opportunity to write a verse if you want to.

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Melody Voting in Google Classroom

Melody Voting

Rank the melodies from 1 (your favorite) to 5.

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Lyrics Rewrite in Google Classroom

Lyrics Rewrite

Write a poem following this syllable pattern
4
4
7
4

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3/1 Active Listening: When I Think of You in Google Classroom

3/1 Active Listening: When I Think of You

Listen to "When I Think of You" by Laura Farnell. Then, write a paragraph about the use of the elements of music. Finish with your opinion of the song and performance.

As a reminder, the elements are:
Pitch
Rhythm
Melody/Harmony
Texture
Structure/Form
Expression

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2/26 Active Listening: Seeking Light in Google Classroom

2/26 Active Listening: Seeking Light

Using the link below, listen to the recording of "Seeking Lights" by Brandon Williams. Then, write a paragraph (at least 4 sentences) describing how the elements of music are used. Finish with your opinion on the song (Did you like it? Why?).

As a reminder of the elements:
Pitch
Melody/ harmony
Rhythm
Texture
Structure/form
Expression

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Melody Part 1: Steps and Leaps  IN CLASS WORK, NOT ASYNCHRONOUS in Google Classroom

Melody Part 1: Steps and Leaps IN CLASS WORK, NOT ASYNCHRONOUS

1. Create a 4-measure melody with at least 2 skips or leaps following the "rules."
2. Keep the key of C Major (no sharps or flats)
3. The time signature may be 3/4 or 4/4.
4. You can write for any instrument you want!

Rules:
Use stepwise motion (scales) up or down
Multiple leaps in the same direction should outline triad (like do-mi-so)
Leaps bigger than a 6th are awkward
After a large leap change direction (ex. Leap up, step down)
Leap first, then move stepwise
Avoid steps with a leap at the end
Leap on strong beats (in this case, 1 and 3)

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2/25 Active Listening: Your Choice in Google Classroom

2/25 Active Listening: Your Choice

Use the link below to choose a song to listen to. Then, write a paragraph (at least 4 sentences) describing how the elements of music are used. Finish with your opinion on the song (Did you like it? Why?). Be sure to include the song title and composer so I know which song you listened to!

*If you say the song was happy, sad, etc, be sure to talk about how the elements created that feeling.

As a reminder of the elements:
Pitch
Melody/ harmony
Rhythm
Texture
Structure/form
Expression

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2/23 Active Listening: Music of Life in Google Classroom

2/23 Active Listening: Music of Life

Using the link below, listen to the recording of "Music of Life." Then, write a paragraph (at least 4 sentences) describing how the elements of music are used. Finish with your opinion on the song (Did you like it? Why?).

As a reminder of the elements:
Pitch
Melody/ harmony
Rhythm
Texture
Structure/form
Expression

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1/8 Flipgrid: Counting Stars Melody in Google Classroom

1/8 Flipgrid: Counting Stars Melody

https://flipgrid.com/ff362edf

Sing your part for measures 12-20.
*If you sing part II, be careful of your harmony notes!

This will count toward your weekly rehearsal points.

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SMART Goal in Google Classroom

SMART Goal

Develop a SMART goal(s) relating to this course. We will complete this during class.

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Winter Dreams Photo Collage in Google Classroom

Winter Dreams Photo Collage

Submit some of your wintery photos for our virtual choir video!
Ideas:
* Photos of you (recent or from your childhood *cough memories cough*) doing winter activities, like drinking hot cocoa, skiing, building a snowman...
* Pretty snow scenes
* Anything winter but not holiday-specific

Make sure these are YOUR photos and not images pulled from the internet!

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Winter Dreams Virtual Choir Recording in Google Classroom

Winter Dreams Virtual Choir Recording

1. Login to Soundtrap using Google
2. Open the guide track for Winter Dreams in another tab. You can find the track in Google Classroom.
3. Go back to Soundtrap and press "add new track" on the left
4. Select "voice"
5. Press the "start recording" button
6. Start the guide track and sing along with it (WEAR HEADPHONES)
7. Press "stop recording" when finished.
8. Press the purple "save" button at the top of the screen.

*If you are in more than one choir, you only need to record yourself once.
**Soundtrap is AUDIO ONLY, so you don't need to worry what you look like.
***PLEASE WEAR HEADPHONES WHILE YOU RECORD.
****Listen to the recording so you can make sure you are heard clearly and there aren't distracting background sounds.

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Sight Reading #3 in Google Classroom

Sight Reading #3

In Sight Reading Factory:
1. Go to Assignments
2. Start Sight Reading 3
3. Choose Level 1 or 2 (level 2 has bigger intervals)
4. Choose voice and your range
5. Select the CMajor and either 3/4 or 4/4 options
6. You get as many attempts as you'd like, but it chooses a new example if you leave and come back
7. Record and submit

To register for SRF if you haven't already:
Go to www.sightreadingfactory.com/student.
Enter 6an3xa in the Student Code field.
Select the appropriate age group.
Complete the registration information.
**Select Concert Choir 20-21 for the class**

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Note ID Timed Challenge in Google Classroom

Note ID Timed Challenge

1. Use the link to go to musictheory.net
2. Press "Start Challenge" and correctly identify at least 15 notes in the 2 minute limit. You may restart as many times as you need.
3. Click the ... in the top right corner
4. Select "show progress report"
5. Type your name in the signature box and "sign"
6. Press "copy link"
7. Paste the link in a private comment here in Google Classroom for your submission.

*Don't forget the accidentals!

Remember your acronyms for the treble clef:
Every space spells FACE
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (or whatever other one you like)

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Folk Song Project Part IV: Arrangement in Google Classroom

Folk Song Project Part IV: Arrangement

Arrange the piece/ folk song for a small group of instruments. Remember to stay within the playable register for the instruments. We will do this using an online system, and it can be completed as a group. Begin by finding the written melody (you might be able to find piano sheet music), or by transcribing it. Ask Ms. B for help if you need it!

- Write either an instrumental accompaniment or add vocal harmony. Any vocal lines should be easily singable. Jumps of more than a fourth are frowned upon, and try not to "cross voices." This means your second voice should either be unison and above the whole time, or unison and below.

- Remember that intervals of a 3rd and 5th sound nice together, but feel free to experiment with other harmonies.

- Make sure to listen to your whole track. Does it sound like a song that could be performed and enjoyed?

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Disney Villains Recording in Google Classroom

Disney Villains Recording

Record a section of Disney Villains using one of the accompaniment tracks posted in Google Classroom.

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11/9 Attendance in Google Classroom

11/9 Attendance

Of the songs we have practiced and learned this year, which is your favorite? Why?

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Folk Song Project Part III:  Stimulus for Creation in Google Classroom

Folk Song Project Part III: Stimulus for Creation

Identify a ‘stimulus for creation’ – your goal for the arrangement... what do you want your audience to hear and feel when they listen to your version. This should be a short paragraph, max. 300 words. See rating scale for details.

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Folk Song Project Part II:  Program Notes in Google Classroom

Folk Song Project Part II: Program Notes

Research the piece/ folk song and write program notes for the piece. Program notes are like mini-biographies of a piece of music that are handed out to the audience at the symphony, opera, Broadway, and ballet performances. They explain the history of the piece, give some information about the composer, and help the audience to understand what the piece is about or what things to listen for. See the rating scale in your packet for more info and be sure to include:

a. composer, where, and when the piece/ song is originally from
b. what the lyrics mean
c. what instruments or voice types are traditionally used
d. where/ in what situations/ by whom it is typically performed

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Folk Song Project Part I: Song Comparisons in Google Classroom

Folk Song Project Part I: Song Comparisons

After filling out the listening logs, write a paragraph comparing the two songs.

5 pts per listening log and 5 points for the paragraph.

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Journal and Bell Ringers Q1 in Google Classroom

Journal and Bell Ringers Q1

Use this link to get the weekly prompts: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q6YwJfAPqiLxP_9oeV7SFqFKe_aHUsL5Mt0yeyRICvg/edit?usp=sharing
Note: we will not have a new prompt every day.

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10/8: Sakura Arrangement in Google Classroom

10/8: Sakura Arrangement

Create harmony with a voice or instrument part.

Hint: Many times, intervals of a third (line to next line or space to next space) sound good. Experiment and listen as you go.

This will count for attendance for 10/8

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9/25 Harmonic Minor Scale in Google Classroom

9/25 Harmonic Minor Scale

Sing a harmonic minor scale ascending and descending! "Do" can be any pitch you choose. Be careful with your intonation. 5 points.

A (5/5) - All syllables correct, stays in tune, attempts hand signs
B (4/5) - Syllables mostly correct, may fall out of tune or does not attempt hand signs
D (3/5) - Incorrect pitches, does not attempt syllables or hand signs
F - No attempt

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9/24 Flipgrid: Major and Minor Triads in Google Classroom

9/24 Flipgrid: Major and Minor Triads

Sing a major triad and a minor triad. "Do" can be any pitch of your choosing.

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9/23 Flipgrid: Sight Reading #1 in Google Classroom

9/23 Flipgrid: Sight Reading #1

Complete exercise 0A
- Go slow
- You start on Do
- Practice a couple of times before you record

https://flipgrid.com/3df60ef5

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9/21 & 9/22: Major and Minor Chords ID in Google Classroom

9/21 & 9/22: Major and Minor Chords ID

1. Use the link to go to musictheory.net
2. Complete at least 20 exercises CORRECTLY. You may listen as many times as you need.
3. Click the ... in the top right corner
4. Select "show progress report"
5. Type your name in the signature box and "sign"
6. Press "copy link"
7. Past the link in a private comment here in Google Classroom for your submission. This will count as your attendance for your online day.

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9/17 & 9/18: Note Naming in Google Classroom

9/17 & 9/18: Note Naming

1. Use the link to go to musictheory.net
2. Complete at least 20 exercises correctly. You may listen as many times as you need.
3. Click the ... in the top right corner
4. Select "show progress report"
5. Type your name in the signature box and "sign"
6. Press "copy link"
7. Past the link in a private comment here in Google Classroom for your submission. This will count as your attendance for your online day.

*Don't forget the accidentals!

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9/15 & 9/16: Rhythm Trainer in Google Classroom

9/15 & 9/16: Rhythm Trainer

1. Use the link.
2. Adjust the settings according to the attached picture.
3. Complete at least 15 exercises.
4. Email Ms. Bellamy the results - micayla.bellamy@ccsdre1.org

This will count as your attendance for you online day.

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9/11 & 9/14: Major vs. Harmonic Minor Scale Ear Training in Google Classroom

9/11 & 9/14: Major vs. Harmonic Minor Scale Ear Training

1. Use the link to go to musictheory.net
2. Complete at least 20 exercises correctly. You may listen as many times as you need.
3. Click the ... in the top right corner
4. Select "show progress report"
5. Type your name in the signature box and "sign"
6. Press "copy link"
7. Past the link in a private comment here in Google Classroom for your submission. This will count as your attendance for your online day.

*Remember: the Harmonic Minor scale has two lowered notes: me and le.

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9/9 & 9/10 Flipgrid: Major Scale in Google Classroom

9/9 & 9/10 Flipgrid: Major Scale

Your attendance for 9/9 or 9/10 (depending on your online day) will be counted by this assignment in Flipgrid:

Sing a major scale ascending and descending! "Do" can be any pitch you choose. Be careful with your intonation. 5 points.

A (5/5) - All syllables correct, stays in tune, attempts hand signs
B (4/5) - Syllables mostly correct, may fall out of tune or does not attempt hand signs
D (3/5) - Incorrect pitches, does not attempt syllables or hand signs
F - No attempt

Since this is for attendance, please complete it by 3:00 PM.
Don't remember how to sing it? Here's a practice video!

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Flipgrid: Childhood Songs Interview in Google Classroom

Flipgrid: Childhood Songs Interview

Interview a member of your family about one of their childhood songs.
*What is the name of the song?
*When and/or where did they learn it?
*Will they teach you the words and melody?
*Why is it important to them/ why do they still remember it?

In your Flipgrid video, answer these questions. Your family member does not need to be in the video. If they teach you the song, sing it for us!

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Flipgrid Introduction in Google Classroom

Flipgrid Introduction

Introduce yourself to your classmates using Flipgrid!
Respond to at least 1 classmate's video by the due date.

If you need help on how to use Flipgrid, check out the videos in the class Resources!

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Syllabus Agreement in Google Classroom

Syllabus Agreement

Read through the syllabus with your parent/guardian, then complete the attached Google Form. If you have more than one class with Ms. Bellamy, the form only needs to be completed ONCE.

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Theory Pretest in Google Classroom

Theory Pretest

For in-person students: we will complete this in class.
For online students: please complete this by the due date (August 27th).

Complete questions 1-16 for this pretest. You can use any available features from Kami to help you write or draw in answers.

This will be graded based on completion, NOT the number of correct answers.