Choir Overview John Adams Academy
WhyTake Choir? • Becauseyou have to. California law, College A-G requirement, JAA requirement. • Becauseit’s good for you.Studies have shownthatClassical music training increases IQ, test scores in math and reading, and makesyou more calm and healthy. • Becauseitis a part of a Classicaleducation.Likenovels, welearn a lot fromclassicsongs. Learning music also trains ourthinkinglike math, science, and literature. Socratessaiditwas crucial. • Becauseitwillmakeyousmarter.Music iseverywhere in history and today. The more youunderstandit, the more youwillunderstanddifferent times and cultures, and yourself.
Socrates (469-399 BC) “Musical training is a more potent educational tool than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful.…” Plato, Republic III:401d
Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) “The purpose of [music] education is to train children, not to be professional musicians but to be fine musicians and to show high ability in any other field they enter.” Nurtured by Love
What Will I Learn in Choir? • Musical Perception How to “hear” and “speak” the “language(s)” of music. • Creative ExpressionHow to express yourselfthrough music: composition, performance, writing. • Historical and Cultural ContextHow to understand cultures and time periodsfromtheir music. • AestheticValuingHow to analyze and evaluate music and musical performances. • Cross-Subject Connections and ApplicationsWhatdoes music have to do withothersubjects? How can I use what I learn in choir in the real world?
JAA Founders “Art is the thing that will soften the edges and be the glue to a classical leadership education.” Dean Forman “The arts provide a means for understanding the world around us. Classics are not just read. Classics are also...performed [and] composed.” Linda Forman
What do I Need to Do? It is not hard to get an A in choir, even if youaren’tvery good at music or singing. It has more to do withdoing the right thingsthanbeingreallytallented. Final Grade Breakdown: 50% Daily Participation/Demonstration of Skills(follow class expectations and procedures) 20% Individual and Group Assignments(journal writing,quizzes, projects, etc.) 30% Performance Participation and Analysis (attending concerts, following expectations, concert evaluations)
Class Expectations • Be Professional and Appropriate • Be Respectful • Be Involved • Do YourBest Match the Core Value with the Class Expectations • Public and Private Virtue • Scholar-Empowered Learning • High Standards of AcadmicAchievement • AbundanceMentality • Self-Governance, PersonalResponsibility, and Accountability
Class Procedures • Attention Signal (“Scholars attention!”) • Class Instruction (Lecture, Voice Building, Singing) • Class Discussion (Q&A, Paideia) • Group Work(Projects, sectionals) • IndividualWork(Journal writes, quizzes, etc.) • Performance (Run-throughs, concerts) • Class Visitors
Choir Room Policies Bathroom Policy: Use the bathroombetween classes and during lunch. If somethinghappens, youcan use the bathroomonlytwo times per semester. If youneed to use itafterthat, youwillloose participation points each time. Lunchtime Use of the Music Room: Scholars are not allowed in the music room during lunch unlessthey have made an appointmentwith the teacher. Appointmentswillonlybegiven for legitimatesinging/instrument practice, club meetings, group projects, or meeting with the teacher.
Make-UpAssigments/LateWork If you are absent from choir (or miss a concert) for anyreason, itisyourresponsibility to ask the teacher for your make-up assignment(s). • All make-up assignments must beturned in by twoweeksafter the dayyou return to class (by 3:20). • If not turned in by then, youwillget a zero for the days/assignments/concert thatyoumissed.