Metro school Choir Masterclass (assessment) begin at the start of term 2.
The purpose of this visit is to provide feedback to the choir, and to work together on improving and to prepare for performance conditions. The masterclass is a chance for your choir to show off their singing, their expression, part work and what it is to be a great choir.
CHOIR ASSESSMENT- This year a masterclass!
Due to the ‘unprecedented times’ that we are STILL currently navigating through, we are making some changes to the ‘Assessment’ process for this year. We know you are all feeling behind and really underdone as far as all choir business goes due to -
- No conference 1 for YOU to learn the songs,
- Your choir has only started in week 5 (if that), instead of week 3,
- most of the choir students ARE fresh and new with maybe one year, or NO previous choir experience.
So, the usual ‘Assessment visit’ will (for this year only) be run more like a masterclass for the students and choir teachers to learn lots of new things - workshop parts of songs, teach specific sections and basically ASSIST with your choir learning.
The purpose of the visit will still be to provide feedback to the choir, and to talk about and prepare for performance conditions.
In this amended process we will certainly listen to what you have already worked on – your choir can show off some of the great learning you HAVE been able to do, and we will still engage with the students about the song context and musical literacy.
We (Robyn, Cathy or one of our Masterclass conductor team) will still get a sense of your choir’s strengths and weaknesses which will enable us to build 12 balanced mass choirs for the Adelaide concert series.
Term 1 and 2 choir masterclasses
We hope you and your choir find this visit from one of our conductors an engaging and enriching experience.
To make the most of this two-hour masterclass (country) OR one-hour masterclass (city) visit please take note of the following information.
BEFORE THE MASTERCLASS VISIT
- Check the time and date for your visit - write it on the school whiteboard in big letters. There is very little wriggle room for changes in our very packed visit timetable.
- Aim to have your choir ready to start at least 5 minutes earlier, with water bottles, Songbooks ready to use, and a pencil.
- Keep reminding your choir to practise the songs, choreography and signing via the App or the website.
- Have a think about which songs you would like some help with and check the songs to be working on according to the Song Learning and Masterclass guide and get the students to mark them on the Contents page of their Songbook.
PREPARING YOUR CHOIR FOR THE MASTERCLASS VISIT
To best prepare your students for success on stage and as a team of singers make the time to go to the ‘How to be a great choir’ and ‘Choir Rubric’ pages in the Songbook (Page 6 and 7) and discuss the criteria that “YOU as singers” are responsible for.
Please talk to your choir about the purpose of the masterclass visit, revisiting behaviour, working as a great team, and singing expectations. Continue to reinforce the importance of students 'doing your best' and having fun.
Choirs who are prepared and understand the reason for this visit are more likely to be engaged and enjoy the session.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MASTERCLASS VISIT
The visiting conductor will:
- chat with your choir about favourite song/s and how the students think they are going
- reinforce the Choir Rubric and the ‘How to be a great choir’ expectations
- do a quick warm up
- listen to the songs your choir has been practising that sit in that particular week on the 'Song Learning and Masterclass Guide’ for Term 1 and 2, and provide conducting cues to support your choir's performance
- either use the backing tracks or work with your accompanist
- 'find and fix' areas of difficulty your choir may be having
- watch any choreography and signing (if they have started this) or help with this.
The visiting conductor will gain a sense of where the choir fits in the Choir Rubric.
No pressure – take a breath, encourage your students to be the best they can and just keep practising your songs and choir skills.
CHOIR MASTERCLASS AND REHEARSAL ETIQUETTE
At all times we expect your choir to behave in a positive and respectful manner.
A well-prepared choir will:
- be focussed and ready to sing
- take part in the rehearsal with enthusiasm and energy
- do and be their best
- stand, sit and sing as cued by the visiting conductor
- show evidence of starting to develop appropriate performing behaviours
- save the talking and sharing for another time.
DUTY OF CARE
All teachers/staff are reminded that they have a duty of care to supervise their choir and to always manage their behaviour. It is not the responsibility of the assessor to manage the behaviour of your choir.
Teachers' duty of care can be exhibited in different capacities including discreet instruction, observing from a distance or even participating in the assessment. Duty of care does not include being on an electronic device.
Remember: This masterclass visit will still provide us with information to place each choir for their performance in the Adelaide Concert Series. We will still consider suitable choirs for front and back rows on stage.