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SYLLABUS: CONCERT CHOIR

Pulaski County High School


20152016
Instructors Name: Meredith Braun
Email: Meredith.Braun@pulaski.kyschools.us
Phone (optional): 606-679-1574
Required Materials: pencil and paper
Course Policies: Students are expected to adhere to all policies and procedures
outlined in the student handbook.
Academic Honesty
Students are expected to adhere to the Pulaski County District Code of Acceptable
Behavior in regards to cheating and plagiarism.
Grading
Grades will be based solely upon individual learning and will accurately reflect
achievement of the outcomes as defined by state/national standards. Where there
is insufficient evidence of learning to report a trimester grade, an incomplete will
be used for reporting student achievement.
Class grades and overall course grades are determined in this manner:
80% =
Summativ
e
Assessme
nts

20% =
Formative
Assessme
nts

100%
=
Class
Grade

Grades should be an accurate reflection of what students know and how they would
perform on state mandated tests, Advanced Placement, KOSSA, industry recognized
certifications, etc.
80 % reflects mastery of content (common assessments, performance based
assessments)

20% reflects the practice to reach mastery (homework, quizzes, etc.)


Both categories together will be the Assessment category and be worth 80% of
the class level grade.
To determine the final school level course grade at the end of the course, an End of
Course (EOC) assessment or course final will be administered. The total class
grade will be worth 80% and the final assessment or EOC will be worth 20% of the
final course grade.
Grading
Scale:

A
10090%

B
8980%

C
7970%

D
6960%

F
590%

For choir, the formative assessment will include performances, singing


tests, and written tests. Attendance at performances is required. Written
theory tests and individual singing tests will be given at least once a
grading term. The summative assessment will include weekly
participation and theory homework. Weekly participation grades are
given based on the rubric below.
A music theory pretest will be given at the beginning of each grading
term. Students scoring a 95% or above will be exempt from any following
theory homework or tests for that trimester.

5
Student was
singing and
applying
instruction at
all times.
(Includes
getting and
putting away
folder)

4
Student was
singing and
applying
instruction
most of the
time
(Includes
getting and
putting away
folder).

3
Student was
sometimes
singing and
applying
instruction.
(Includes
getting and
putting away
folder)

2
Student was
occasionally
singing and
applying
instruction.
(Includes
getting and
putting away
folder)

1
Student was
rarely singing
and applying
instruction.
(Includes
getting and
putting away
folder)

Setting and Communicating Clear Direction:


Since choir is a performance course, there will be only one major unit of study
based on the following learning targets:
1. I CAN sing a variety of literature accurately and expressively.
2. I CAN evaluate my performance and our groups performances.

Students should expect to sing everyday. Each class will include warm-ups, sightreading, and practicing literature. While students are invited to participate in
several extra choral events, the only required/graded events are the Fall, Winter,
and Spring concerts. Dates for these concerts will be published as soon as they are
available.

Choir Fees:
While there are currently no fees associated with choir, all students performing with
the choir outside of the required concerts (nursing home visits, homecoming, etc)
must purchase a choir t-shirt. They are $12. Ms. Braun will take orders at the
beginning of each grading term. T-shirts will not change from year to year, so it is
something that can be work all four years at PCHS. Students who purchased a Tshirt last year do not need to purchase a new one this year. All other concert attire
will be provided by the school.
Every effort is made to provide students with original copies of their choral music to
adhere to copyright laws. This is costly, but necessary. Students will be assigned a
folder number with music numbered accordingly at the beginning of the trimester.
These folders will be just like a textbook. Students are responsible for any lost or
damaged folders and music. The cost of replacing a folder is $25.

Concert Choir Contract


Directions: Please sign and return by August 14 for a grade.

o I have read the syllabus with my parent.


o I understand that I am expected to sing everyday.
o I understand that choir is a team activity and am prepared to
try my best everyday so that I can improve, but also so my
team can improve.
o I understand that the Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts are
required and a large portion of my grade. I am making plans
now to attend.
o I understand that I am responsible for any loss or damage to
my choir folder and that replacement costs are $25.
o I understand that to be a part of any choir activity besides
concerts, I will need to purchase a $12 choir T-shirt.

Printed Student Name

Student Signature

Date

Parent Signature

Date

Ms. Braun will be using an anonymous texting


service called Remind 101 to send out
important choir reminders a couple of times a
month. Follow the directions below if you
would like to subscribe to her choir reminders.