Children's Choral Ensembles

Children's Choral Ensembles

Choral ensembles introduce young students to foundational elements of musicianship and performance through structured age-appropriate ensemble experiences. Chorus members develop listening skills, healthy singing habits and musical literacy in a fun and supportive environment. 

Participation in these classes is highly recommended for all young musicians as a component of a well-rounded course of study including private lessons and music theory classes. Children’s choral ensembles can also serve as introductory musical experiences prior to choosing an instrument for study. Students taking private lessons or other group classes at the Community Music School receive this ensemble at no additional charge.

Beginning Children's Choral Ensemble (grades K - 2)

Saturdays, February 8 to June 6 (No classes April 18 during Spring Break)
9 AM to 9:45 AM in Gray Building Room 119 (main campus)
16 total classes for students in grades 3 through 6
Cost: $150 (Free for students enrolled in private lessons)
Instructors: Ashleigh Cooper and Torrey Jackson

For young children (grades K-2) who love to sing and wish to develop their skills as a musician, but are not yet old enough for private lessons. These classes introduce a fun and healthy approach to singing to the youngest singers. Children explore melodies from a variety of genres as well as various vocal techniques and music concepts to build a foundation of musical literacy and for further musical study in vocal or instrumental music. Through engaging group and solo singing activities, young students train their ears and voices, learning to sing with correct technique and pitch accuracy. Learning musical concepts through singing at a young age will establish a deep musical understanding and develops confidence in a budding musician.  

Spring Semester Recital Saturday, June 6 at 4 PM.

Children's Choral Ensemble I (grades 3 - 4)

Saturdays, February 8 to June 6 (No classes April 18 during Spring Break)
10 AM to 10:45 AM in Gray Building Room 119 (main campus)
16 total classes for students in grades 3 through 4
Cost: $150 (Free for students enrolled in private lessons)
Instructor: Bruce Tippette

Class focus is on ear training, with an emphasis on ensemble singing. Students taking private lessons at the Community Music School receive this class at no additional charge.  Regardless of what instrumental (or voice!) lessons the student currently takes at the Community Music School or elsewhere, it is highly recommended that all young musicians partake in this course as a means to better their musicianship.

A musician with a strong ear and an ability to sing one's part will strongly benefit in private lessons. Concepts will include, but not be limited to:

  • Repeating and dictating simple rhythms and melodies
    Recognition of simple intervals
  • Singing in a group—either in unison (one part) or in harmony (2 or more parts)
  • Proper vowel shapes used in singing (which can benefit all musicians, especially wind/brass players)

Spring Semester Recital Saturday, June 6 at 4 PM.

Children's Choral Ensemble II (grades 5 - 8)

Saturdays, February 8 to June 6 (No classes April 18 during Spring Break)
10:45 AM to 11:30 AM in Gray Building Room 119 (main campus)
16 total classes for students in grades 5 through 8
Cost: $150 (Free for students enrolled in private lessons)
Instructor: Julie Malamut

Class focus is on ear training, with an emphasis on ensemble singing. Students taking private lessons at the Community Music School receive this class at no additional charge.  Regardless of what instrumental (or voice!) lessons the student currently takes at the Community Music School or elsewhere, it is highly recommended that all young musicians partake in this course as a means to better their musicianship.

This class builds upon concepts learned in Chorus I, but with more difficult literature. Because this class is new, 5th graders may sing in both Chorus I and Chorus II for the Fall 2019 session. A musician with a strong ear and an ability to sing one's part will strongly benefit in private lessons. Concepts will include, but not be limited to:

  • Singing as an ensemble with 2 or 3 different voice parts
  • Recognition of chromatic intervals
  • Repeating and dictating more complicated rhythms and melodies

Students will have more opportunities for individual singing as they become more confident with their voice.

Spring Semester Recital Saturday, June 6 at 4 PM.

  

Next Steps

  • Click here to pre-register for Children's Choral Ensemble.