• Frequently Asked Questions About Choir
  • Do I have to sing alone?

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    Singing alone is part of the National Standards in Music Education and the Blue Valley curriculum. The only way to effectively track your vocal development is to hear you sing individually. But don't worry - most often I will ask you to sing with one or two other students.
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  • When are the choir concerts?

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    SchoolCenter PictureAll major concert dates are listed on both the school calendar and the choir department website. Click the CALENDAR link on the side menu to see both the concert dates and when you should plan on being at additional rehearsals.
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  • What do I have to wear to the concerts?

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    See CONCERT ATTIRE page for detailed information.

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  • Do I have to attend the concert?

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    Of course you do! You have worked for months on your music and the group depends on everyone's involvement to be successful. Concert attendance is part of your grade and is expected. Absences MUST be approved in advance (parents should contact Ms. McFarland). It is your responsibility to get to the concert, be dressed appropriately and ready to perform. Please call the school if there is an emergency.
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  • How can I practice if I can't play the piano?

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    SchoolCenter PictureAlthough we will rarely have traditional homework in choir, practicing on your own or with friends is always helpful. You are welcome to take your music home (as long as you bring it back to class!) and Ms. McFarland will make study tracks available to you - either download them straight to your computer or MP3 player, or bring in a blank CD.
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  • How am I graded in choir?

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    Your grade comes from three main categories: 1) Daily Work in Rehearsal, 2) Performances, and 3) Written Work/Skill Tests.  See the EXPECTATIONS & GRADING PROCEDURE page for more.

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  • What should I do if I have a question?

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    ASK! You can also email me by using the CONTACT MS. MCFARLAND page.
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  • What should I do if I have a sore throat or loose my voice? Do I loose points?

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    You will not lose points for being sick, as long as you are in class and participate in every other way except for actually singing. This means following along in your music, taking notes, and lip sync-ing.  Sometimes your best learning will come when you're listening from "inside the choir."  Please take care of your voice to prevent problems from arising.
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  • Why do we sometimes sing music that has religious words?

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    SchoolCenter Picture Choral music has deep roots in religious traditions, therefore much of the great choral music throughout history is religious in nature.  It is the belief of the choral department, as well as NAfME: the National Association for Music Education, that use of sacred music has a true and vital place in public school music education.  For more detailed information, please read NAfME 's position statement . Singing music from diverse genres (including both sacred and secular music) is also a part of the Blue Valley choral curriculum.

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  • Why don't we sing a lot of pop music in choir?

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    There is SO much more music in the world than what is currently on "Top-40" radio stations. My job as a choral music educator is to expose you to music you perhaps wouldn't normally know about - to expand your horizons. We will enjoy some popular repertoire occasionally, but that is not our only purpose. Not to mention, most choral arrangements of pop music don't sound nearly as good as the original and can be extremely difficult to learn.

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