Senior Choir

GWPS – Extra Curriculum Program Guidelines

Senior Choir

 

Educational Intent:

The Senior Choir provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of musical skills beyond what is taught in the regular classroom program. Students develop their ability to sing in tune and in parts, as well as their ability to read musical notation. Students will learn basic vocal technique and improve their ability to work in a group of musicians and with a conductor. Through participation in the Senior Choir, students will be provided with a range of performance opportunities, such as at school assemblies and selected events in the wider community.

 

Age Group:

Students in Years 5 and 6 are able to audition for the Senior Choir.

 

Cost:

There is no general cost for participation in the choir, but costs associated with excursions to performances or eisteddfods will be passed on to parents whose children attend.

 

Selection Criteria:

At the beginning of the school year, students are able to audition for the Senior Choir. Students audition in groups of 10-15. During the audition, students are taught a simple canon (a piece of music where one voice repeats the part of another, throughout the whole piece). Once learnt, students sing the canon in 2 or 3 parts, depending on the size and ability of the group. By standing next to students as the group sings, the music teacher is able to listen to individual students without causing the performance anxiety often associated with singing individually. Students are assessed on vocal tone, tuning, ability to hold a part and sense of timing. Students with the highest scores are then invited to join the choir, which is limited in size so that rehearsals can be supervised by one teacher.

  

Timeline:

Term 1, Weeks 1-2: Students are notified of auditions

Term 1, Weeks 2-3: Auditions take place during the timetabled Senior Choir session and/or during recess and lunch times. Successful students then receive a letter to notify them and their families of their Selection.

Term 1, Weeks 3-4: Rehearsals commence and continue throughout the school year. Rehearsals take place for 1 hour a week during class time, as per the specialist timetable.

 

Contact Person:

Miss Lucy Pfeifer is responsible for the Senior Choir and can be contacted at the school.

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