1st Hour: Students need to complete 4 pages in their theory packet (in their folder), lessons I 5-8.
2nd, 3rd, 5th Hours: students need to complete 2 pages in their theory packet: 7th graders do Lessons 21-22, 8th graders do Lessons 51-52. New students should start at Lesson 1.
6th Hour: Students need to complete 2 pages in their theory packet: lessons 51-52.
ALL completed theory packets should be placed in the top slot of mailboxes by my office window. If a student doesn’t have their packet, it’s likely in the bottom slot of the mailbox for their hour
If the students finish early: open up Google Chrome on the Clevertouch board, and go to WestChorus.com Ask a student to help you go to their class home practice page, play a song and have them sing along. They will enjoy singing for you!
6th grade: Theory packet I 1-4
7th grade: Theory packet Lessons 19-20
8th grade: Theory packet Lessons 49-50
ASK FOR A COPY IF YOU CAN'T FIND YOURS - it might also be in the bottom mailbox for your hour.
GET YOUR WORK DONE AND TURNED IN TODAY. Don't waste your time!
On Saturday, January 25, about 50 West Middle School Students gathered at Monroe Middle School to perform as soloists or ensemble members for MSVMA District 12 Solo and Ensemble Festival. Each soloist or group performed 2 songs from approved collections of folk, art, foreign language, or spiritual songs. Soloists were accompanied by Tracey King or Mr. Martin playing piano. The Cardinal Singers split into two groups, and each performed an a capella English madrigal, and an another capella song in Latin. Each group was rated on a 30 point scale, and given one of four ratings: IV (poor), III (fair), II (good), or I (excellent).
The results were great! Both groups of Cardinal Singers scored a II rating, as did soloists Grace Sova and Hayden Pike. Soloists Joe St. Charles, Jeff Matthews, Cameron Ingersoll, Jesse Baker, Theresa Nnangobya, Autumn Little, McKayla Weisler, Jillian Wozniak, and Brooke Boatman all achieved a I rating.
The West Chorus group was the largest of any school in MSVMA District 12, with over half of the soloists who performed that day coming from West! Congratulations to all who prepared and performed that day.
As a final cap to their semester in the 6th Grade Chorus, we've recorded two songs for a virtual concert, here at West Chorus Online. Enjoy The Beatles' Yesterday and the African-American spiritual Sinner Man. Expect that all 6th graders will receive information about our Cedar Point trip soon, as well as be invited to the Taylor HIgh School Choir concert on Friday 1/31 at West.
For soloists (you know who you are) and all Cardinal Singers. See below!
January 17, 2019 • Solo and Ensemble Festival • Final Details
Dear Chorus Parents,
Congratulations to your children! They have been working hard on their solo literature, and their performance date is almost at hand. Here are last minute details, schedules, and directions you need.
All singers should have their songs completely memorized when they come to work with their accompanist.
DRESS FOR THE EVENT:
Please dress “up” for the event. Cardinals, wear your chorus uniform. Solo, wear your uniform or something dressy. If you’re in both, you may remain in your dressy clothes or change, it’s up to you. I suggest clothes that would be appropriate for attending a wedding: shirt and tie, slacks, dress shoes and socks, blouse and slacks or skirt, or a dress. Keep your hair out of your face so you can be seen when you sing. Remember, looking good helps you feel good too!
Each participant warms up for 15 minutes, then sings and receives comments for 15 minutes. When you are done, you may leave, see the back for how to find your rating. All students will receive a certificate, and if you achieve a rating of ‘I’ or ‘II’, you will receive a medal (MR. MARTIN WILL PAY). A cafeteria will be open for you to purchase food and drinks while you are waiting before or after your performance.
Drinks, snacks, donuts, and pizza (at lunch time) are available for purchase at the site. If you will need to eat lunch, plan to bring about $5 per meal.
There is a school bus going to and from Monroe Middle School, bringing the Cardinal Singers. Parents are welcome to ride, if they’ve filed a chaperone background check form with the school board. The bus will leave West at 11:30am, and leave Monroe 4pm, arriving back at West at about 4:45. Mr. Martin will ride the bus both ways, and parents are invited to also come. Students need to be picked up promptly at 4:45 at West.
The directions to the Monroe Middle School in Monroe are included with this letter. They begin at West Middle School. Allow 40 minutes for travel, and plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your performance time. Mr. Martin will be there from 7:30-4pm. If you don’t see him right away, it’s because he’s warming up a singer or watching them perform. Follow your schedule and he’ll catch up with you!
IF YOU’RE DRIVING SEPARATELY ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR WARM UP TIME!
1st Hour: Students need to complete 4 pages in their theory packet (in their folder), lessons III 5-8.
2nd, 3rd, 5th Hours: students need to complete 2 pages in their theory packet: 7th graders do pages 17-18, 8th graders do pages 45-46.
6th Hour: Students need to complete 2 pages in their theory packet: pages 45-46.
ALL completed theory packets should be placed in the mailboxes by my office window.
If students finish early: practice!
THIS LETTER WAS SENT HOME WITH STUDENTS on December 12, 2019
IMPORTANT: ALL TIMES for the evening of 12/17 are moved back one hour because of the Basketball game that night.
NEW ARRIVAL TIME: 6:15pm (or as soon as you can for players and cheer team)
NEW PERFORMANCE TIME: 7pm
NEW ENDING TIME: 8pm
Dear Chorus Parents and Students,
We have some important dates coming soon, here’s the information you need to know!
THE UNIFORM (for the day and evening concerts)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 (school day):
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 (evening):
TODAY. RIGHT NOW.
Drop off students at loading dock by 6:15. Parents and audience members then drive around the building to the main auditorium entrance parking lot.
I know you're excited to audition for Silent Night today - please be prepared to do it on Monday. I have a family emergency and will be back then. Here's the plan:
1st Hour - Remember the Rebus word puzzles we did before? Here are some more. Good luck, how many can you solve?
Hours 2-6 - Finish the "Music Vocabulary Crossword" then do the word search. They are the same vocabulary we've studied through the year.
AFTER/EXTRA/PLEASE DO THIS TOO:
Ask your teacher to go to your home practice page, and sing along with your concert music. Impress them with your excellent sound, posture, and attitude. Class or section leaders, take the class through a warm up! Show our guest what we do every day.
Thank you for behaving your best, I'm sorry I'm not there with you.
1st Hour Home Practice Page
2nd Hour Home Practice Page
3rd and 5th Hour Home Practice Page
6th Hour Home Practice Page
West Middle School Chorus
The official page for members of the West Middle School Chorus in Taylor, MI.
Robert J. West Middle School Chorus