Vista Murrieta High School

    Choral Music Department Syllabus


    Course Descriptions:

    The VMHS Choral Department is dedicated to training singers in developing their musical skills for both personal and public enjoyment. The department consists of beginning, intermediate and advanced groups.  Placement into groups is determined by the student’s audition, achieved prerequisites, recommendations, and previous commitments to the program. Placement in advanced classes means a student has achieved a high degree of technique and performance, a history of commitment to the program, as well as an attitude of teamwork and dedication. Throughout the year each group will have the opportunity to prepare for community and school concerts, competitions, and other activities. Choir students will be exposed to various styles of music and will have the opportunity to raise the level of their musicianship skills. VMHS choirs consistently achieve “Superior” rankings at festivals throughout California and have had the opportunity to tour nationwide.


    Course Objectives:

    Students will:

    • Learn about the vocal process through warm ups and proper singing techniques.
    • Experience choral literature from many styles and musical periods
    • Increase musicianship skills through notation and sight singing
    • Perform in and around the community sharing the gift of music
    • Develop a “team” spirit and approach to music


    Course Outline:

    A typical rehearsal will begin with a journal, announcements, warm ups, board work, theory or sight singing. The majority of the class is spent rehearsing the choir’s repertoire, both as a group and in sectionals.


    Class Conduct and Expectations:

    1. Attend all classes regularly and on time
    2. Attend all scheduled performances and rehearsals
    3. Cooperate with and respect those in authority as well as those around you
    4. No gum, food, or drink in the classroom at any time
    5. Let’s have fun and be a team!


    General Grading Policy:

    Primarily, students are graded on their overall contribution to the group. Students are required to actively participate in all rehearsals and performances. They are expected to make reasonable progress in their own musicianship and vocal skills. Students are expected to contribute to the general welfare of the group by striving to achieve the highest ideals of teamwork and musicianship. Students are also expected to maintain a daily journal. Most importantly, a student cannot learn the music or contribute to the group if they are not present. Attendance at all choir functions (in and out of school) is heavily graded. Excused absences for illness, injury, or other matters must be cleared by the director BEFORE the event. Unexcused absences will result in a severely lowered grade. In order to achieve an “A” in choir one project per semester must be completed. The fall project consists of viewing a musical performance of some kind (approved by the director) or participating in various musical activities outside of the individual’s choir class. A one page paper must be turned in. In the spring, classes complete a composer project to present at the end of the semester.


                General Grading Breakdown

                Participation                30%

                Concerts                      40%

                Classwork                   20%

                Semester Projects        10%


    *Advanced groups will have additional categories for festivals, outside concerts, etc.



    Citizenship will be based on several factors:

    1. Classroom behavior and attitude
    2. Cooperation with other students, volunteers, and instructors
    3. Attendance
    4. Class participation



    I have read and understand the class requirements and expectations of the VMHS Choral Music Department and agree to abide by them. I have also viewed the outfit information sheet and the Choir General Performance Calendar.



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    Student Signature                                                                                           Date


    I have received and read the class requirements and expectations of the VMHS Choral Music Department and will assist my student in fulfilling the requirements and in meeting the expectations. I have also viewed the outfit information sheet and the Choir General Performance Calendar.


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    Parent Signature                                                                                             Date 
Last Modified on August 17, 2018