Welcome to Mr. Alzaher’s Music Class

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Welcome to Mr. Alzaher’s Music Class

  1. 1. Welcome to  Mr. Alzaher's Music Class   Back to School Night 2010
  2. 2. Course Description: Choir <ul><ul><li>  This class meets five times per week emphasizing proper vocal technique, choral technique, and music reading. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We focus on musicianship and aesthetic response including rehearsal and concert etiquette and responsibilities associated with membership in a performance organization. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choral literature of various forms and genres will be practiced and performed. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Overview of major units <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Vocal Technique </li></ul><ul><li> posture </li></ul><ul><li> tone production </li></ul><ul><li> breath management </li></ul><ul><li> diction </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Music Reading </li></ul><ul><li> part singing </li></ul><ul><li> ear training </li></ul><ul><li> rhythmic and melodic reading </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Choral Technique </li></ul><ul><li> balance and blend </li></ul><ul><li> dynamics </li></ul><ul><li> phrasing </li></ul><ul><li> intonation </li></ul><ul><li> diction </li></ul><ul><li> performance of 4 and 5 part choral music </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Musicianship/Aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li> form </li></ul><ul><li> expression/style </li></ul><ul><li> repertoire </li></ul><ul><li> music history </li></ul>
  4. 4. 21st century skills <ul><li> In addition to the standard music curriculum, students will also acquire skills needed to successfully navigate the world around them. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> The focus of this class will be on developing students’ Life and Career Skills. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> We will also be integrating technology into our classroom. For example, a large body of CD'sand DVDs will also be implemented to allow the students to hear and see other choirs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Life and Career Skills <ul><li>  Flexibility & Adaptability </li></ul><ul><li> Adapt to varied roles, jobs responsibilities (section leader, etc.), schedules and contexts (performance times/places) </li></ul><ul><li> Incorporate feedback effectively </li></ul><ul><li> Deal positively with praise, setbacks and criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative & Self-Direction </li></ul><ul><li> Go beyond basic mastery music to explore and expand one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise </li></ul><ul><li> Demonstrate initiative to advance skill levels towards a professional level </li></ul><ul><li> Demonstrate commitment to learning music as a lifelong process </li></ul><ul><li> Reflect critically on past experiences in order to inform future progress </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. Life and Career Skills (cont.) <ul><li>  Social & Cross-Cultural Skills </li></ul><ul><li> Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak </li></ul><ul><li> Conduct themselves in a respectable, professional manner </li></ul><ul><li> Respect cultural differences and work effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li> Respond open-mindedly to different ideas and values </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership & Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li> Leverage strengths of others to accomplish a common goal </li></ul><ul><li> Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in using influence and power </li></ul><ul><li> Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind </li></ul>
  7. 7. Example Learning Activity <ul><li>  Music & Lyrics : A lyric-based learning program that helps students analyze songs. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> Final project : In groups, students will work together to compare and contrast songs from different genres/eras, analyzing both the musical and lyrical content, using the musical terminology learned over the course. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> Students will work together to present their analysis to the class using technology that combines both visual and audio components (Google docs, Powerpoint, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Example Learning Activity (cont.) <ul><li>This activity: </li></ul><ul><li> Encourages students to analyze music independently. </li></ul><ul><li> Teaches students to be critical thinkers and listeners. </li></ul><ul><li> Prepares students to make informed choices as consumers of music. </li></ul><ul><li> Exposes them to a range of culturally diverse genres of music. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>For a more in depth overview of the project, here is the source: http://www.tolerance.org/activity/music-and-lyrics </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion: <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> In this class, students will learn about the technical aspects of music, as well as general skills needed in the 21st century such as flexibility, leadership, self-initiative, and interpersonal interaction. </li></ul><ul><li> If you have any questions/concerns or would like more information, please contact me @ [email_address] </li></ul>

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