CENTRAL PARK EAST II ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENTS ASSOCIATION INC via Crowdrise
July 14, 2011
The CPE II Community Meeting Choir rehearses once a week, and provides a fun and safe place for children in grades pre-K through 5 to find joy in singing while learning the basics of choral music and participation. The choir’s mission is threefold:
1. Build community through weekly performances and sing-a-longs at school-wide meetings, as well as at end-of-semester performances in the winter and spring school concerts;
2. Teach students the rudiments of choral singing such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and harmony, while introducing them to different styles of music (folk, musical theater, blues, jazz, classical);
3. Encourage students to develop musicality and freedom of expression while working within the disciplined structure of the group.
Ultimately, the students take pride in being an integral part of their school choir. They feel good about themselves once they have learned a song (“I did it!”) or even when they arrive on time to early morning warm-up (“I got here first!”) Singing at Community Meeting provides a wonderful opportunity for children to get immediate feedback from their peers, who in turn learn to be a respectful and supportive audience. (Last year many children asked to be in choir after seeing their friends on-stage.)
This year, we will explore the idea of singing as story-telling. We will listen to and sing songs in several different styles (folk, blues, jazz, musical theater, classical, popular) with the goal of developing and telling our own story by the end of the year in the spring concert.
At weekly Community Meetings: choir will meet early for 15 minute warm-up and rehearsal. They will perform their song once through on their own, their perform it in call and response format with the audience.
Winter concert: By the Winter Concert in December we will have accomplished the performance of several songs sung in unison and at least one song in two-part harmony. Students will have acquired basic choir skills (following a musical director/conducting cues). For this concert students will choose one community meeting song by vote and also perform a song in two-part harmony.
Spring concert: the choir’s final presentation of the year will demonstrate students’ improvement in musicality, pitch, and rhythm. Students will perform final project that demonstrates their understanding of the song as a story-telling vehicle.
The CPE II choir blog will be updated regularly with recorded sections and lyrics for home practice.
For each new song, choir members are asked to work on an assignment relating to that song – e.g., draw a picture to deepen their understanding/interpretation of the lyric.