How are we going to do this?
You may have questions about how singing as a choir will happen this year. Because choirs can be seen as super-spreader events, traditional choir instruction and activities have been modified. The most obvious is that we are not meeting face to face at this time. However, choral and music instruction will not - and should not - wait.
One of the reasons students sign up for this class is they enjoy singing and want to get better at it. Singing may look easy but there is a lot of technique and training involved. In order for young singers to develop accurate pitch, tone, breath support and endurance, and for them to be ready to be competitive and prepared for singing in high school, we will be singing during live zoom sessions. Students will be assigned music to sing and it will be turned in via video / audio recordings. Additionally, students will be learning how to read music and sing it.
WHEN we return to in-person instruction, whenever that might be, I anticipate we still may not be able to sing aloud, together. I am considering the feasability of teaching basic piano skills. We have the equipment to do this and I believe it is a skill from which singers benefit. And it is fun! During this time we will continue to submit singing assignments from home. Songs using humming and body percussion are extremely low risk when performed with a mask and it could be that we begin singing together that way.
Google Classroom and this website will contain music that students will begin to learn in the hopes that when it is safe to sing together, we will have music ready to go. They include, but are not limited to, the school fight song, "Anchors Aweigh", the Navy Hymn in 2-4 parts "Eternal Father Strong to Save", "The Star Spangled Banner" in 2-4 parts, "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" in 4 parts (a choral standard.)
We are a community. We all want to stay healthy. Educating ourselves and being vigilant is the best way to do that. If you have questions, concerns or any ideas or information, please share them with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You have entrusted me with your future singer. Everything I do online or in the classroom will have their safety and their musical growth in mind. And I vow to find the fun and the humor in our situation. We can still make memories and friends in preparation for the time when we can hold hands and raise our voices together.