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Choir Syllabus 2021-2022


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Meredosia Chambersburg Choir  

ISBE State Course Title: Corus    Code     05110A000 Chorus

Course Information

Teacher Information

Credit Hour:  Arts and Humanities

Name: Mr. Corey Bowman

Marking Period: First Semester

Phone: 217-584-1857        217-473-0202

Class Location: Band  Room

Class Period: 8th Period

E-Mail: cbowman@mcsd11.net

Prep Period: Undetermined 


Course Description:

Choir is a course in which students enrich their life through the performance of music.  Students will build upon their knowledge and skills from past music instruction to effectively interpret and express music.

Chorus courses develop students’ vocal skills within the context of a large choral ensemble in which they perform a variety of styles of repertoire. These courses are designed to develop students’ vocal techniques and their ability to sing parts and include experiences in creating and responding to music.

Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to perform effective solo and harmonize in various groups.             
  • Students will be able to perform a varied repertoire of music.
  • Students will be able to confidently sight read selections of music to show their current knowledge.
  • Students will be able to perform triads and major scales.

Student Evaluation:

Distribution of marking period grading components:

Performances =                100 Points (Includes Parades, Pep Band, Special Ensembles, and Concerts)

Daily Participation =        10 Points

Final Examination =         100 Points

Scale/Rudiment Tests =                50 Points





Attendance Policy:

Student is expected to attend class each day they are present at school.  They are expected to participate in concerts and parades unless they have a valid excuse.   See Class Requirements section for specific grading rules.

Classroom Performance Expectations

  1. Students are required to participate and strive to improve. 
  2. Daily points are derived from involvement and a willingness to participate. 
  3. Tests, such as scale tests, are graded upon how many notes a student accurately hit.
  4.  Performance grades include any performance such as school concerts and area choral festivals. 

Classroom Level Consequences

Students not following classroom rules will receive the following consequences from Mr. Bowman

  • Stage 1 - Student looses 1 daily point.
  • Stage 2 - Student looses 2 daily points.
  • Stage 3 - Student looses 3 daily points.
  • Stage 4 - Student looses all points and is sent to the Office.

Class Requirements:

During class students will strive to perform a warm up (including scales) and attempt 3 music selections.  It is the student’s responsibility to have their music in order, and to be actively participating in class.

If a student is absent they must turn in a practice log to maintain their musical proficiency.  If absent from a concert a student must provide a valid written excuse signed by the parent.  Otherwise they will receive a zero for the event.  If the excuse is acceptable, the student must still perform make up work.

Students will be required to be at a majority of all performances.  Students will be required to actively participate daily in classroom activities.

Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

Students must comply with all rules regarding these activities as outlined in the school’s student handbook including disciplinary action.






While most class time is devoted to practice and performance, a combination of lecture, class discussion, videos, cooperative learning, and performance based learning will be used in this course. Grades will be determined by the satisfactory and timely completion of the assignments.


Course Activities

Assessments/ Assignments

Month/ Time Frame

Scales, Reading Rhythms

Major Scales on Solfege

Warm Ups, Practice Logs, Tests

Sept. 27th

Perform “Send Down the Rain”; Dynamics at skill level

Practice Selection

Rehearsals & Concerts

Oct. 11th

Triads, Reading Rhythms

Major Triads on Solfege

Warm Ups, Practice Logs, Tests

Oct. 25th

Perform “Charlotte Town”; Dynamics at skill level

Practice Selection

Rehearsals & Concerts

Nov. 12th


Extra Credit:

Students can earn extra credit by making up points for missing a performance.  Students can also earn extra credit by participating in special ensembles at competition, including District, Pike County, and Solo and Ensemble Contests.