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August 25, 2006

We are off to a great start. All chorus classes took a basic theory quiz today of the things that we have covered in sightreading these past two weeks. I have some really good sightreaders this year.

We have been learning about good choral posture, using our diaphragm for good breath support, singing with tall vowels, Latin pronunciation, blending when singing as an ensemble, and clear diction. This is an on-going process to improve the quality of each individual voice and the group as a whole.

Our song literature includes some Latin pieces, pop oldies, and lyrical texts. Each type of literature requires a different style of singing which we are learning in class.

Each student will be keeping track of his/her behavior with a rubric sheet for each week. This will go home to be signed at the 4 1/2 week point and again at the end of the 9 week period. Conduct cuts will be noted on these sheets as a part of a student's behavior grade. The 8th grade Disney Trip surveys have been handed out and each student is to return them by the middle of next week so that we can determine if we have enough students going to make the trip cost efficient. Remember that their fund raiser individual profits for this year can go toward the trip payments.

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