Chamber Choir Grades 9-12

This course is designed for choir members who exhibit a higher level of vocal precision. Student performers will explore a wide variety of historical and current musical styles in a small ensemble setting.

Performing and Creating
a. Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
1) Sing accurately, with good breath control, posture, enunciation, energy, and vocal placement, alone and in ensembles.
2) Sing a variety of choral literature with expression and technical accuracy, at a difficulty level of up to 4-5 on a scale of 1-6, including songs from memory.
3) Sing music representing diverse genres and cultures, with appropriate expression.
4) Sing music written in 4-8 parts, with and without accompaniment.
5) Demonstrate well-developed ensemble skills.
1-41b. Read and notate music.
1) Demonstrate ability to read vocal score of up to four staves by describing how the elements of music are used.
2) Read at sight simple melodies in treble and bass clefs at a difficulty level of 4 on a scale of 1-6.
3) Identify and define standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression.
1-41c. Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.
1) Compose short songs demonstrating elements of music in unity.
2) Arrange music for voices other than originally written.
1-41d. Improvise melodies and variations.
1) Improvise simple melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic variations in major pentatonic keys.
1-41e. Develop nuances of music notation, style, and interpretation.
1-51f. Demonstrate accuracy in part singing within a small group setting.
1-5g. Develop advanced vocal techniques: pitch matching, interval study, scales, diction, enunciation, and breath control.
1-4h. Develop individual competency in an ensemble setting.
1,5i. Perform in scheduled concerts, festivals, and other musical events.
7968j. Investigate careers in the music field.

*Prerequisite: Current enrollment in concert or mixed choir and permission of instructor is required.

History and Culture
1,32-4,6a. Explore a variety of repertoire including examples from each music period: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary.
612b. Understand relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
1-3,61-82,52c. Compare how characteristics of various arts are used in similar and distinctive ways in world cultures.
1,3,41-82,52d. Describe distinctive characteristics of a wide repertoire of music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
Evaluation and Analysis
1,31,22a. Listen to, analyze, and describe music.
1-42b. Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music by describing the uses of musical elements.
1-42c. Develop criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of performances and compositions, and apply criteria in personal participation in music.
1-3d. Demonstrate proper vocal care and avoidance of vocal abuse.
Aesthetic Perception
1-3a. Develop and maintain an individual practice discipline for self-enrichment.
5b. Recognize individual competency in an ensemble setting.
1,34-6c. Research various world cultures and the functions of their music.
2,5d. Attend various musical events.


  • Borough, All-State, All-Northwest Festival opportunities
  • Concert performances
  • Mastery of assigned literature
  • Participation
  • Progress report
  • Rehearsal discipline
  • Self-evaluation
  • Teacher evaluation of overall performance
  • Vocal proficiency

*Prerequisite: Current enrollment in concert or mixed choir and permission of instructor is required.

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