Vocal Music Policies and Procedures





Choir 1-2 is a performance based class in which members will learn how to sing in a large group and have the opportunity to perform pieces from many genres of musical literature in front of an audience. Emphasis will be placed on Elementary Vocal Production, Rehearsal Techniques, and Basic Music Theory. Choir 1-2 will perform at three concerts a year in the auditorium and the District Beginning Choir Festival.  This group is open to anyone interested in singing in choir.




Concert Choir is a large mixed performing group, in which members will learn how to sing in a larger group and have the opportunity to perform pieces from many genres of musical literature in front of an audience. Emphasis will be placed on Vocal Production, Rehearsal Techniques, and Music Theory. Concert Choir will perform at three on campus concerts, the District Concert Choir Festival, and any other performance needing a large ensemble. Entrance into this group is by audition only.




Vocal Ensemble is the premier performance group on campus in which members will learn how to sing in a smaller chamber group and have the opportunity to perform pieces from many genres of musical literature in front of an audience.  Emphasis will be placed on Advanced Vocal Production, Rehearsal Techniques, Music Theory, Vocal Jazz, and the use of amplification equipment.  Vocal Ensemble is the primary Performance Group in the Vocal Music Department and will represent Washington High School at festivals around the state, as well as performing in three on campus concerts and various on campus functions.  Entrance into this group is by audition only.





Grades for each nine weeks will be determined by total points accumulated from participation in rehearsals, bellwork, theory assignments, performances, pre-performance rehearsals, quizzes and exams. Points will be totaled and grades will be determined by the following scale:


90%-100% = 1

80% - 89% = 2

70% - 79% = 3

60% - 69% = 4

0% - 59% = 5









There will be tests given throughout the semester on lessons covered in choir.  The point value of these tests will be determined by the amount of information covered.  There will be a major exam at the end of each semester covering material learned throughout the semester.  These will account for no more than 20% of the semester grade.



Quizzes will be given on Music Theory, Vocal Procedures and Music Memorization throughout the semester. These Quizzes will vary in points.



Music Theory will be taught as an integral part of the choir class in order to improve musical concepts and sight singing.  Theory assignments will vary in point value depending on material covered.



Because the success of the choir depends so much on individual effort, it is important that everyone attend ALL rehearsals and make every effort to be on time with all materials. (i.e. music, pencil, folder, assignments, etc.)  10 points will be given each rehearsal day to all students who are prepared and actively participating in the rehearsal.  Points may be withheld if a student does not participate fully in the rehearsal or is a disruption to the class.



Make-up work and late work can be assigned and grades will be determined in a conference with the director.



All performances are mandatory.  Performances and Pre-performance rehearsals account for 40% of your Semester grade.  It is almost impossible to receive a passing grade in choir if you miss both evening Concerts in a semester. An absence from a performance MAY be excused with two weeks prior written notice signed by a parent or guardian.  At that point, an alternate assignment will be given, and will be due the day after the missed concert.  Emergency situations will be taken into consideration.  Concert dates have already been established and are included in the attached calendar.  Please make sure that you get these dates off if you work, because work will not be considered an excuse to miss a performance.



All Choirs will rehearse in the Auditorium after school the day before a scheduled on campus Concert.  THESE REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY!

These rehearsals are the only time available to work out sound and technical problems with workers from the theater department.  IF YOU MISS THIS REHEARSAL, YOU MAY NOT BE ALLOWED TO PERFORM IN THE CONCERT, AND YOUR SEMESTER GRADE WILL BE LOWERED ACCORDINGLY.  Work is not an excuse to miss this rehearsal.  If you have a test, detention, or Sports conflict, let Mr. DeBusk know in advance so that an agreement may be reached with the conflicting teacher.  Another School function or illness are the only excuses to miss a Performance or Pre-Performance Rehearsal.



Students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times. You are representing Washington High School and the Glendale Union High School District and are expected to display the high standards associated with this school.  The following class rules will be followed in the classroom and during all performances, trips and festivals attended by the choir:

            1.  Follow directions the first time that they are given.

            2.  Be in your seat with your own materials when the bell begins to ring.                                                     Otherwise, you are tardy.

            3.  Show respect for others and their property.

            4.  No hats, electronic games, phones or MP3 players are permitted in the choir room.

            5.  No food, drink, or gum is allowed in the choir room.  Water is permitted.


All discipline and attendance policies in the student handbook will be adhered to. (Parents: Please review the section on attendance and tardies in the student handbook).



This March, a select number of students will be traveling to Los Angeles to participate in the Choir Tour and sing in Disneyland.  To be eligible for this trip, you must be a member in good standing of either Washington Vocal Ensemble or Washington Concert Choir.  You must be passing all classes as of the day of departure, you may not have received a discipline referral during the school year, and you must have paid or fund-raised the total amount for the trip.  (Total cost has not been figured as of yet, but it should be around $300.00 per person including most meals)



The following dates are for concerts that will be performed in the Washington High School Auditorium.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.  All concerts are at 7:00 p.m. and choirs are required to meet in the Choir room at 6:15 p.m.


Fall Concert - Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Holiday Concert - Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Spring Concert - Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


A special rehearsal will be held the day before each concert in the Auditorium after school. (2:45 - 4:00)  Please mark you calendars accordingly.  The dates are as follows:


Monday, September 30th, 2013

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Monday, May 12th, 2014












We have read the information in the 2013-14 Choir handbook including the Course Outline, Grading Format and the Conduct Format.  My son/daughter and I understand the material and agree to support the policies herein.












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