ciriculum

Milwaukee Children’s Choir utilizes the VOICE FOR LIFE curriculum which has been designed by the Royal School of Church Music. This program is specifically designed for choirs that meet only once or twice per week. As an all-inclusive vocal music education program, the VOICE FOR LIFE curriculum has four levels.  Each level corresponds with a color: Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red, and Yellow.  Within each level are four distinct learning modules which include: Module A: Learning the Voice Well, Module B: Musical Skills and Understanding, Module C: Repertoire and Module D: Belonging to the Choir.  Each module contains learning targets.  Here are a few examples of the learning targets within each module:

 

 

Voice for Life 

 

 

Module A:

Using the Voice Well

Module B:

Musical Skills & Understanding

Module C:

Repertoire

Module D:

Belonging to the Choir

Prelude Choirs

  • Understanding the need for regular practice
  • Stand and sit with good posture
  • Demonstrate good breath control
  • Sing with focus and concentration
  • Following the instructor 
  • Identification of art in a score
  • Identification of bar lines
  • Understanding common music symbols
  • Understand basic dynamic markings
  • Match pitch of note played on piano
  • Sing five notes up and down by step on solfège
  • Identification of which two notes is higher or lower in pitch
  • Sing back a simple one-bar melody with a five-note range
  • Clap in time to a familiar song
  • Identification of composer
  • Basic Text Analysis
  • Make simple observations about the mood of the piece
  • Attend rehearsals regularly and punctually
  • Make a positive contribution to the choir
  • Meet all disciplinary targets as assigned by choir trainer

Training Choirs

  • All Prelude Level
  • Posture
  • Breath Management/Singing With Even Tone
  • Singing octave: ascending & descending
  • Diction
  • Group Vocal Technique
  • Sing with clear diction, projection, even tone, and continuity between the notes of a phrase
  • All Prelude Level
  • Pitch Names
  • Basic note/rest values
  • Concept of scales & pattern of diatonic scale
  • Accidentals
  • Key signatures C, F, & G Major
  • Concept of measures & simple time signatures
  • Basic dynamic markings
  • Melodic and Rhythmic Memory
  • Meter Identification
  • Sight-read simple rhythm
  • Sight-read a simple melody
  • All Prelude Level
  • Make simple observations about the meaning of the text
  • All Prelude Level
  • Being Focused and cooperative during rehearsals and concerts
  • Understand that Choir is a team
  • Meet all disciplinary targets as assigned by the choir trainer

Resident Choirs

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Lake Country Children's Choir

  • All Training Choir Level
  • Control Dynamics
  • Appropriateness of where to breath in music
  • Singing with Resonance
  • Clear diction and vowels
  • Sing short song, a cappella while maintaining good intonation 
  • All Training Choir Level
  • Sixteenth Notes & Dotted Notes
  • Minor Scales: Natural, Harmonic, and Melodic
  • Concept of Relative Minor key
  • Key Signatures Up to 3 Sharps/Flats
  • Characteristics/Names of Basic Intervals: Unison, octave, major/minor 3rds, perfect 4ths and 5ths
  • Performance Directions
  • Identification of Triad as Major or Minor
  • Looking at two bars of music: Name Key, pitch of first note, after hearing first chord - sing first note
  • Identify rhythmic pulse
  • Sight-read rhythm
  • Sight-read a melody with dotted values and leaps of 3rds, 4ths, 5ths
  • All Training Choir Level
  • Explain mean of text
  • Undertake simple musical analysis
  • Find biographical information on composer
  • Describe context of piece
  • All Training Choir Level
  • Assist less experienced singers in choir
  • Meet all disciplinary targets assigned by the choir trainer
Voices of Eterna
  • All Resident Choir Level
  • Mechanics of Breathing including stagger breathing practice & concept
  • Advanced mechanics of sound production
  • Accessing different vocal registers
  • Vowel Modification
  • Further develop range and resonance
  • Sing accurately and musical a short prepared solo
  • All Resident Choir Level
  • Identify pitch names of treble and bass clefs and ledger lines
  • Time values of notes/rests
  • Key signatures up to five sharps/flats, major and minor
  • Compound meter
  • Characteristics/Names of major/minor/perfect intervals up to one octave & sing them
  • Basic Analysis of music composition
  • Sigh-sing a simple song demonstrating dynamics, phrasing, expression, pitch and rhythmic accuracy
  • All Resident Choir Level
  • Identify author and dates of text
  • Source of Text
  • Discuss relationship between music/text/mood using musical analysis
  • Identify why the piece was composed
  • All Resident Choir Level
  • Lead others by example with attendance, singing, behavior
  • Understand difference between solo and choral singing
  • Meet all disciplinary targets assigned by the choir trainer
  • Understand appropriate forms of communication, table manners, and appropriate manners for billet stays
  • Respect for all student leaders
  • Successfully accomplish all job tasks assigned by head choristers

Milwaukee Youth Chorale

  • All Eterna Level
  • Understanding posture can assist with physical & mental readiness
  • Sing without jaw/tongue tension
  • Blend vocal registers
  • Sing with variety of tone colors
  • Perform from memory contrasting pieces with a range over one octave demonstrating agility, good articulation, diction good breath control, intonation and vocal color
  • All ETERNA Level
  • Identify all major/minor key signatures
  • Difference between harmonic and melodic minor
  • Double sharps/flats
  • Characteristics of all intervals including diminished and augmented
  • Name and know differences between primary and secondary chords; root, first, second positions
  • Function of cadence
  • Concept of Irregular Time Signatures
  • Concept of Modes
  • Sing any interval
  • Sight-sing a moderately difficult piece which includes triples, duplets, dotted notes, changing time signatures, syncopation
  • All ETERNA Level
  • Discuss Themes of text
  • Discuss Word Painting
  • Look at events surrounding composer's life; historical/political background, and connections to music
  • Discuss characteristics of musical period of composer
  • All ETERNA Level
  • Understanding balance between giving strong musical lead and blending with others
  • Understand that Choir is team and running team is importing: setting up rehearsal rooms, stage set up, collection music, etc.
  • Take responsibility for less experienced singer
  • Meet all disciplinary targets as assigned by the choir trainer