• 6th Grade Choir Resources
    In addition to music borrowed from the Blue Valley music library, students will also use the following resources in class:

    Textbooks

    • Experiencing Choral Music - Beginning Unison/2-part (Focus on music literature, history, and vocal technique)
    • Experiencing Choral Music - Beginning Sight-Singing (Focus on reading music independently)
    • Various worksheets & supplemental materials for music theory, vocal health unit, etc. 

  • "The Voice" Project
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    Be sure to check the "Handouts & Practice Tracks" button to the left and click the "6th grade" folder for any other items you need for the project!


    PROJECT GRADING RUBRIC - this is the description of everything that should go into your packet and how it will be graded


    Notes on Posture

    • The spine is naturally curved, not straight.
    • The head attaches to the spine in the center - like a lollipop, not like the letter P.
    • The entire spine is connected, so having part of your body out of alignment will affect your entire body.
    • Best standing position = an imaginary line from the middle of your feet up to your hips, to your shoulders and to your ears.
    • Don't be a monkey! Be royalty!

    Notes on Breathing

    • Air enters the nose/mouth, travels down the trachea into the lungs
    • The lungs expand because the ribs move outward and the diaphragm moves downward, pushing the other body organs out of the way and allowing the lungs to fill up the space in the ribs.
    • Lungs are not a muscle. They only move because the ribs move. 
    • You do not have to suck air into your body - it comes in automatically when your throat is open and your ribs expand.

    Notes on Making Sound

    • As you exhale, air moves up from the lungs through the trachea and out the mouth or nose.
    • The larynx (voice box) sits at the top of the trachea and contains the vocal folds.
    • When we speak or sing, the vocal folds come together and vibrate.
    • The faster the vibrations, the higher the pitch of the speaking or singing. The slower the vibrations, the lower the pitch. Vocal folds can also stretch to create higher pitches and relax to make lower pitches.
    • Men's voices tend to be lower than women's voices because their larynxes are usually larger. Most men can still sing just as high as women, though, by using falsetto the light, high part of their voice.
    • Watch the video of Steven Tyler's larynx here (from National Geographic Channel documentary)
    Notes on Shaping Sound
    • Tone
      • Tone is the quality of the sound ("bright", "dark", "harsh", "airy", "strong", "rich", "nasal", etc. are words often used to descibe different types of singing tone)
      • Good singing tone is also produced by lifting the soft palatte as if you were about to yawn
      • Good singing tone produces resonance, a ringing in the voice that allows it to sound louder than it actually is
    • Vowels & Consonants
      • Vowels are shaped by the movement of the jaw, the lips, and the tongue
      • Consonants are shaped by the lips, tongue, and teeth (the articulators)
      • Singers must pay attention to blending their tone & vowels with other singers

    Notes on Vocal Health

    • Hydrate! Drink lots of water
    • Take good care of yourself - get good amounts of sleep, eat healthy, exercise regularly
    • Avoid yelling
    • Avoid talking when your throat hurts
    • Stay away from smoke 
    • Whispering when you lose your voice can cause strain on your voice
    • Avoid talking over loud noises (cars, crowds, loud music, etc.)
    • Use a microphone when possible
    • Some medications can dehydrate your body making your voice more prone to fatigue
    • Speak in a well-supported tone
    • Pay attention to your body - if your voice hurts, rest it!
    • Other resources here
  • Vocal Music Standards
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  • Benchmarks
    Grade Level-Specific Learning Targets vary by grade & gradually increase in proficiency 
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