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Choir 7,8 (P) (5360, 5361)

Grade Range:
 Choir 5,6; ability to sing on pitch with a voice quality that blends with the choir; students may be auditioned and grouped together into ensembles on the basis of voice quality, range, or skill
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Visual and Performing Arts
 UC subject area satisfied:
 f - Visual and Performing Arts
Course Description:
 Choir 7,8 completes the musical education of the advanced student by connecting their performance skills with their ability to investigate and solve musical challenges, using research where necessary. Students will demonstrate independent singing alone and in small groups, making appropriate personal choices of tone, interpretation, and musicality. They will study diverse repertoire, with foci on Latin diction, multi-movement works, 20th-century notation, and the music of the Americas. They will develop an expanded knowledge of scales and cadences, create multi-part compositions, and evaluate musical performances at an advanced level. They will study instrument development, analyze the role of form in works from different backgrounds, and identify the process of composing for film.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Jothen, Exploring Choral Music: Advanced Mixed, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Beebe, Easy Rhythm Site-Singing, Vols. 1–5, Masterworks Press, 1997.
SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.