WELCOME to 6th Grade Choir!
WILLINGNESS TO TRY is vital to your success in 6th Grade Choir. You may love singing, or have signed up for the class because your parents want you to try it. No matter the reason, you will enjoy your time more if you come able to admit that choir isn't the worst thing in the world, in fact when you think about it, it's pretty high up on the list of things that aren't that bad. Once you start trying, you'll find success at your finger tips. I promise!
We will decide on class norms and "rules" when school starts, but here are my expectations of every student, every day, every time they walk into the building:
1. be kind - everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about.
2. don't judge others - we're all doing our best (even me).
3. smile - life is better when we smile.
4. work hard - you'll love the reward!
Laptops (either supplied by the district or personal) need to be brought to class everyday when learning in person.
Other supplies may be needed but will be determined as needed. Laptops must be used when learning virtually.
This year (2020-2021) indoor concerts have been cancelled for Semester 1. I will be looking into alternative options (streamlining a concert from the classroom, outdoor venue, etc.) and I will update everyone as decisions are made. CONCERTS ARE AWESOME! Concerts are also NOT the reason we make music. We make music to explore the world around us and within us. Concerts are how we traditioanlly share our findings with those we care about. We can make beautiful and life changing music without concerts...
CHOIR WINTER: DECEMBER 7th
CHOIR SPRING: APRIL 6th
CHOIR END OF YEAR: MAY 27th
There are 3 evening concert dates this year. It is the expectation at Victory Middle School that you attend your choir concerts, however it is not a graded activity. Choir is a team activity and every member of the team matters. We are a performance class and so two questions need to be asked - if we don't have performances, why are we rehearsing? If you don't want to perform with your team, why are you in choir? Every student and family will sign a committment sheet at the beginning of their time in choir agreeing to participate in the concerts.
With only 3 concerts a year, these are rare and very important events. If you have practice for a sport, I ask that you and your family speak with your coach ahead of time and arrange for you to be at the concert. Think of your concerts as being like a game (but you only get 3 all year); relative to how many practices you have for your sport, we don't have many concerts and so it is so important that you join us on stage!
Of course conflicts come up around concert dates. I will be setting concert dates as soon as I possibly can and have them set for the year so that families can prepare sufficiently. Hopefully by having these dates so early, we can prevent most conflicts. However, if you have a concern or need to speak with me about a concert date, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Anxiety about having the "perfect" outfit? Worried about having to buy an outfit you'll never wear again? Welcome to the coolest choir outfits ever!
Students wear jeans (please without holes or rips: nice clean jeans), and Victory Colors on top. Victory colors are light blue, navy blue, grey, or white. Students can wear a VMS shirt or sweatshirt if they want to but it is not needed. T-shirts are ok (without writing on them), polo shirts, dress shirts, and top that meets dress code and is in light blue, navy blue, white, or grey. I'm not picky about shoes (I hope they are comfortable, you'll be standing a while).
Hair needs to be up off the shoulders and our of the face. Singers communicate with their faces, and we want to see those faces in a performance. Please have a clean face (make-up is not necessary, just a washed face is good).
Questions? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org