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Mr.

Jonathan Mountain
jmountain@bguilfoyle.org
(814)944-4014 ext. 317
www.mrjmountain.weebly.com

Syllabus for Chorus I,II,III 2017-2018

Course Overview
This course provides instruction in vocal technique and musicianship. Students will prepare and perform
a variety of vocal music from varying historical periods, cultures, and styles. Students will also develop
and refine music and sight-reading skills, rehearsal techniques, an appreciation for historical context and
performance presentation.

Major Course Objectives


This class provides a number of performance opportunities for the student in a variety of settings.
The daily objective of the course is to foster and promote musical growth through the art of
singing by each student.
As a member of the choral program, group effort and cooperation is necessary to a successful
program.
Choral singing is a skilled effort in which each student is expected to show technical and musical
growth throughout this course.
Musical instruments, including those already played, the voice, and the iPad will be utilized in the
classroom to develop musical skills.
Students are expected to perform in all concerts, school masses, and other public performances
and special ceremonies, all of which may require some after-school rehearsals (i.e. dress
rehearsals). Transportation will be the responsibility of the student unless specified by Bishop
Guilfoyle. An updated performance schedule will be provided to each student.
Students are expected to use appropriate singing posture for warm-ups and rehearsal.
Students are expected to take notes (in pencil only) in their music, which will enable them to
become self-sufficient musicians. These notes may include personal reminders for dynamics,
conductor remarks, pronunciation notes, etc.
Students will also develop and refine music and sight-reading skills, rehearsal techniques, an
appreciation for historical context and performance presentation.

Textbook, Instructional Materials, Resources


Resource Material: Notebook (may be digital), music/folder, pencil/pen, iPad with internet access and
headphones. Students are expected to have these materials for every rehearsal. Not having the above
mentioned materials affects student success and may also influence grading.

Grading
Student progress will be demonstrated by varied assessment daily and throughout the course including,
but not limited to, class participation, quizzes, exams, performances, presentations, and projects.

Due to the fact that music is a performance art and must be crafted through rigorous performance and
practice, grading depends largely on class participation and performances. Each rehearsal is worth 10
points. If necessary, points will be deducted based on the students attitude and participation in class.
Performances will make up approximately 30-50% of the marking period grade.
It is expected that all students perform in all concerts, school masses, and other public performances and
special ceremonies, all of which may require minimal after-school rehearsals (i.e. dress rehearsals).
Transportation will be the responsibility of the student unless specified by Bishop Guilfoyle. Students
who are not present for a required performance will be assigned an alternate assignment which will be
equivalent to the performance grade. The alternate assignment may include, but are not limited to,
writing examples, musical performance, musical analysis, and research. Students who are tardy for a
performance/call time, will lose 10% off the graded performance.

Occasional announced and unannounced sectionals, and spot checks will also be implemented to
determine student progress. Extra credit will not be offered.

Technology
Students should expect to greatly utilize their school issued iPad. It is imperative that students come to
class with a charged iPad, which is already connected to the internet. Various apps and websites will be
used for note-taking, music-making, recording, listening, and performance/presentation.

Ebackpack, an electronic assignment/assessment tool, will be used to assign and collect student work.
All student work is expected to be submitted through this app/website, unless instructed otherwise, or
due to an extreme emergency.

Students are expected to know/have access to individual access accounts including, but not limited to:
email, eBackpack, Google Drive, iTunes U, and Apple ID. Knowledge and personal responsibility of
usernames and passwords will be critical to success in this course.

Powerschool will be used for student grade reporting. Students and parents are encouraged to view
cumulative grading via this resource.

In addition to personal instruction, email and electronic communication will also be considered a vital
part of instruction. Students are expected to frequently check and respond to emails.

Student Expectations
Students are to be actively listening/following along when the instructor is talking and/or
working with other sections.
Students are encouraged to take part in class discussion.
Students are expected to arrive on time with appropriate music and materials.
Students are to be seated in assigned seats, with instruments and music, within 3 minutes of the
tardy bell.
Students are expected to be considerate and patient with others in the class and to have a positive
attitude.
Students are encouraged to apply learned knowledge from other courses within the music course,
and the reciprocate.
Students are highly encouraged to take part in extra-curricular musical activities.
Students are expected to practice individual parts and score study outside of the classroom.
Folders are to be stored in the appropriate storage areas when left in the music room.

1. Preparedness
Students should be prepared for class each day with:
Pencil/Pen, a charged iPad (with textbook) which is connected to the internet, assigned homework,
notebook (may be digital), and assigned music folders.
2. Homework
Homework is expected on the assigned due date. Late work may be accepted at the discretion of the
teacher with the following policy:
Students will have 2 school days to submit late assignments. Assignments that are not handed in on a specified due date will
lose 10% off the graded assignment for first or second day (respectively) the assignment is late. Assignments not submitted
by the end of the 2-day period, will not be accepted. Completion grades for assignments reviewed in class are not subject to
this policy and will either receive the full point amount or no points. Assignments completed on iPads are subject to this
policy. Please note assignment submission date and times may vary, and will be clearly posted in eBackpack. Assignments are
to be submitted via eBackpack only, unless instructed otherwise, or due to extreme emergencies. Tardiness to performances
will result in a 10% loss of the performance grade.
3. Attendance & Absence
Students are expected to attend class each day, however as circumstances arise absences may occur.
Students who are absent have the number of days they were absent to make up missed assignments. The
late assignments policy, as outlined above, will apply if assignments are not submitted by the appropriate
day. Due to the fact that assignments are posted in eBackpack, students (if able) are encouraged to work
on assignments while absent, thus having continuity with course work.
4. Conduct & Attitude
Students are expected to follow all classroom rules, technology rules, and to adhere to the code of
conduct, as outlined in the student handbook. Students should possess a desire to demonstrate our
school values of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge in class and in public, as well as a positive,
inquisitive, patient, and open mind to fully maximize individual and group potential.

Acknowledgment:

Please sign and return this sheet by 9/1


A copy of this syllabus can be found on mrjmountain.weebly.com

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I/II/III

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