Teachers, please play this video AFTER students have gotten out their theory packets. I will go through instructions to help them accomplish the tasks they're given. Thank you.
For the next 4 weeks, the Men in Black and Cadet Choir will be learning 5 vocabulary terms a week, each taken directly from our Choir Festival rubric. Each Friday, they will be quizzed on the 5 terms for that week.
Week 1: Quiz Friday, 10/11
Tone - The way a syllable of a word is sung in terms of shape and placement.
Resonance – Amplification of a voice caused by sympathetic vibration in a singer’s body.Vitality – Joyous and energetic force that distinguishes the living from the nonliving.
Focus – A concentrated and unified quality.
Blend – A mixture or combination of voices.
Week 2: Quiz Friday, 10/18
Intonation – Accuracy of pitch in performing music.
Chord – Two or more musical notes played or sung simultaneously.
Rhythm – A particular pattern of beats in a piece of music
Energy – A lively or powerful effort.
Tempo – The speed at which a musical composition is performed.
Week 3: Quiz Friday, 10/25
Diction – The clarity with which one pronounces words when speaking or singing.
Attack – The decisive or energetic way in which a singer begins a note being sung.
Release – The way in which a singer ends a note being sung.
Breath Management – The act of controlling the muscles used to inhale and exhale.
Enunciation – To precisely articulate words.
Week 4: Quiz Friday, 11/1
Diphthongs – Two adjacent vowel sounds.
Phrasing – Performing a musical passage with a clear beginning, middle, and end.Dynamics – Variation in volume.
Deportment – The manner in which a person behaves.
Literature - A written musical work.
Great job! The Choirs performed along with the West Band at the Taylor Rotary's Family Fun Day on Thursday, and it was a great start to the year! In just 18 school days - 2 of them half days - we prepared a concert of music to entertain a big crowd of family and friends. The generous Taylor Rotary club provided the food and activities, and the weather was perfect. Shout out to all the soloists who performed, as well as the awesome West Band. Now you can relive and share the show! Enjoy!
Taylor Rotary Family Fun Day, September 26, 2018
Cardinal Singers: The Star Spangled Banner, For Good
6th Grade Chorus: Good Night, Side By Side
Men in Black: Hey There Delilah, Barbara Ann
Cadet Choir: We Will Sing The World Whole Again, Stand By Me
TAYLOR ROTARY FAMILY FUN DAY CONCERT
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Heritage Park (on Pardee between Northline and Goddard)
CHORUS ARRIVAL TIME: 3:45pm – Concert begins at 4.
We are performing in the open air “Farmer’s Market” pavilion. It is a covered space. Seating is available but limited. Bring a folding chairif you want to be assured seating!
Uniform shirt, tucked completely in (in back also) with the top button undone
Black shoes, black “school uniform” pants (or past the knee skirt with black stockings or tights) and black socks. No skin showing below the belt.
A black belt is recommended (not required) to make it look neat.
Wear long hair out of your face so you’re not hot and so we can see your eyes
Jewelry should be kept to a minimum – a watch, ring, or earrings are fine, remove other jewelry. A necklace is fine if worn under the shirt. Any remaining jewelry should match your uniform colors.
You may wear an undershirt if it’s not visible with the uniform top button undone. No long sleeve undershirts are acceptable.
Cell phones should NOT be visible or audible (THE AUDIENCE SHOULDN’T SEE/HEAR IT).
Do not discard your uniform after the performance! Keep track of it or lose it!
No perfume or cologne, however deodorant is ESSENTIAL!
Transportation to and from the event is your responsibility, as is having your full uniform. Do not forget that your attendance and appropriate participation is a grade!
Appropriate behavior should be observed at ALL times. All school rules apply before, during, and after the performance. Gum is not allowed until after the performance! SAY PLEASE & THANK YOU!
Invite everyone you know to attend the concert. Food and activities are free for all (adult and child) who attend.
Have fun! You have started to work hard, now enjoy!
There's some confusion regarding what we call the "Uniform fee" - this should answer all your questions!
Q: HOW MUCH IS IT?
A: For 7th-8th graders, it is $30, or $15 if you already have the appropriate, fitting uniform shirt (from a sibling, for example)
For 6th graders, it is $20. If you already have the appropriate fitting (white) shirt, $5.
Q: WHAT DOES IT PAY FOR?
A: The uniform fee covers several things:
The uniform shirt, which you will own.
A Festival medal students will earn when we compete in March
Helping to pay fees for accompanists who will perform with us on our concerts in December, March, and May
Helping to purchase music for students to use (between $2-4 per copy per song, plus accompaniment tracks at $30-80!)
Q: WHEN IS IT DUE?
A: Friday, September 20th is the due date
Q: HOW DID MY CHILD SELECT THEIR SIZE?
A: Mr. Martin helps each student select the appropriate size shirt in class, as he's done for 20+ years.
Q: WHAT IF THE SHIRT DOESN'T FIT
A: In the unlikely event the shirt is not appropriately sized, Mr. Martin always orders a few extras just in case.
Q: WHEN WILL MY CHILD GET THEIR SHIRT?
A: Shirts were ordered September 6 and are being made now. They will be delivered no later than Wednesday, September 25, the day before our concert. Usually, they arrive sooner.
Q: CASH OR CHECK?
A: Cash is preferred. You may send a money order instead. Every time you send in money, expect a receipt. Mr. Martin ALWAYS gives receipts for money that comes in. Checks are not preferred because of very high fees in the event that a check does not clear.
Q: WHAT ELSE DOES MY CHILD NEED FOR THE UNIFORM?
A: Solid black dress slacks or school uniform pants, solid black shoes (of ANY kind, even athletic), solid black socks. A black belt is nice but not required. If a skirt is preferred, it must be below the knee and worn with solid black leggings or tights, so no skin is showing below the waist.
Q: I NEED MORE TIME TO PAY
A: No problem! Simply contact Mr. Martin and let him know when you can pay by.
Q: I NEED HELP TO PAY FOR THE UNIFORM FEE
A: No problem! Simply contact Mr. Martin and let him know what you need. Every year, students are given uniforms on "scholarship" due to need. No child is ever excluded from the program because they cannot afford the uniform fee. I ask that you please make sure your child has the pants and shoes, but I can help with that also, if only you ask.
Q: I DON'T WANT MY CHILD TO CARRY CASH ALL DAY BEFORE CLASS
A: Kids can bring money to Mr. Martin first thing in the morning.
Q: I NEED TO KNOW MORE
A: Visit the Uniform page on this website, and the Grading and Expectations page on this website. If what you need isn't there, contact Mr. Martin.
Q: WHEN IS THE FIRST CONCERT
A: We perform at Heritage Park at 4pm on Thursday, September 26 (1 week from when I type this!). EVERYONE is invited, the event is FREE, and food and activities are FREE for EVERYONE. Come hear what we can accomplish in just 3 weeks of school!
Hello, students and parents! Here's a couple of reminders for you:
Here are some photos from last year's event:
Mark your calendars! The most recent updated calendar will always be posted on the Calendar page.
Note: The Cedar Point trip has changed from May 29 to May 28.
REQUIRED AFTER-SCHOOL CONCERTS are marked in RED
Shows marked "WCCCD" are at Wayne County Community College Downriver, Prechter Auditorium, 21000 Northline, Taylor
Robert J. West Middle School Chorus