Thursday, January 25, 2018

Beginning choir 1-25-17

Today was the first day of the second semester.
•we got new role call numbers
• we also switched seats a little bit because we lost people this semester


Singing Valentines go on sale Friday! There are opportunities to earn service hours at lunch if you sign up to go around advertising for Singing Valentines!
We do not have enough people who have turned in their composite pictures.  These were due on Exam DAY!  (Mrs. Patchett reads names from spreadsheet)
Concert and Beginning - If you have not signed up to audition for concert choir you need to do that now. The auditions begin tomorrow
Patchett reviews
Bathroom, Tardy, policies & Emergency Drills

•We also received the two all choir songs for the spring concert.  “Hlohonolofatsa” and “The Irish Blessing”.  

•Mrs. Patchett also handed out a sheet of paper showing the amount of money in tour chorus account.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Beginning choir 1-11-18

We have an exam tomorrow.
We reviewed today and finished with the last person who has to cite sing.
We also got a review sheet for the test that has some vocabulary on it.

Monday, January 8, 2018


:) hey concert choir friends... today we got a review sheet from unit four that was supposed to be our text but was not. also we began sight reading... level four. we also had a successful informance!!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

concert choir dec 14

today we continued to work on our projects :)

Concert Choir: Interims go home Today-you will also receive all work you have turned in. Save this work so you can use it to study after the break. 
Concert Choir - As you leave 2nd period today, you need to do so silently.  The Nutcracker is being performed for local elementary schools and we need to be silent so as not to disturb the performance. 
Concert & Beginning - If you are coming to tutorials today for lunch make sure you come down the hall silently. The Nutcracker is being performed for local elementary schools and we need to be silent so as not to disturb the performance. 
Tutorials are available all lunch Thursday and Friday to do makeup work, use laptops and ask questions.  
Auditions for next year’s Colla Voce Advanced Choir will be January 3rd and 4th and call backs will be January 5th.  You will need to sign up for one day either January 3rd or 4th, and then ALL who audition must attend January 5th for call backs.  There is no make-up day for auditions or for call backs.  You must make sure you schedule your audition in your calendar and Call Backs.  Auditions will run from 2:30-6:30 pm on the 3rd and 4th and you will only need to be available for about 10 minutes one of those days.  Call backs will run from 2:30-4:30 on Friday Jan 5th, and again, all who auditioned must attend. Students who will be in the 11th or 12th grade in 2018-2019 are eligible to audition for Colla Voce. Sign-ups to audition will be posted by the time we leave for winter break.  You need to be prepared to sing “Once Upon a Time” and sight-read at the equivalent of Level 5 on under “choir unison”. 
Auditions for Concert choir will be in class once we start 2nd semester.  If you will not be in choir 2nd semester this year but would like to audition for Concert Choir, you can schedule a time with Mrs. Patchett to audition starting January 23rd. Those auditions will be scheduled individually. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CV, Wednesday 12/13/17

Happy Wednesday :-)


What did Bach say when he left for his lunch break?
I'll be Bach in 30 minutes.

-If you are singing on Saturday for the 5k, make sure you are there early and meet everyone on the course.
-We will be going to the middle schools to sing on Friday so you will miss part of 1st period, all of 2nd and we will go out to lunch somewhere during lunch/3rd period so bring money. Meet in the chorus room by 8am. Wear your CV shirt and jeans
-CV auditions for next year will be January 3rd, 4th, and 5th. You can sign up online by going to the chorus website and signing up for a time slot. Please sign up by Monday!

Sight Singing:

Rehearsal Notes:
-Today Mrs. Patchett taught a lesson on music theory. It was all review and we talked about unit 5 which is identifying intervals with key signatures, and circle of 5ths.

Music Theory: 
-We did 30 examples of Interval ID on All key signatures ON!
- We were also handed a Circle of 5ths packet to complete

A brief overview of music theory if you are confused......

CIRCLE OF 5THS: this is super helpful and you need to have it memorized. In music, you can find relative major/minors and key signatures within the circle of 5ths. Start with C. The key signature for C major is clear. Go up a 5th and you get G. The key of G has one sharp. Go up another 5th from G and you get D. The key of D has 2 sharps and you keep doing that all the way up to the key of C#. For flats, it's the same but you go down a 5th. Start on C, down a 5th is F which has one flat. Down a 5th from F is B flat which has 2 flats and so on. That's a really basic description of he circle of 5ths but you need to know it because it's SUPER helpful throughout theory.

INTERVAL ID WITH KEY SIGNATURES: when identifying intervals you need to first look at the bottom note. IGNORE the key signature unless it affects any of the notes in the interval. If it does not affect any of the notes, just figure out the bottom note, think in terms of that key (if the note on the bottom is D, think 2 sharps) and then decide whether or not the top note is within the scale of the key signature of the bottom note. If it fits in the scale, then great! Count your interval and then it will be either major or perfect. If it does not fit in the scale, decide whether it's raised or lowered. If it's raised, it is augmented, if it's lowered a half step, it's minor (or diminished if it's a 1, 4, 5, or 8), and if it's lowered a whole step, then its diminished! If the notes are affected by the key signature, just do the exact same thing, but apply the accidental s to the notes. NOTE- this may change the bottom note and that's okay, now you're thinking in terms of whatever your new root note is.

If you need help with any of this, come to tutorials or ask someone from our class. Lots of people are good at this and there are several different methods to learn this so if one method is tricky, another one might work for you. I'm always available to help if you need it and so are lots of other people in our class!! :-)

-Music Theory sheet on Circle of 5ths
-30 examples of Interval ID on
^^^^^ DUE TOMORROW ^^^^^^

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Beginning choir 12-7-17

Today we worked on naming the Key signature.

First we did some practice on the board with cite reading
Then reviewed the names of the key signatures and naming them.
Then we went over the rules for drawing the key
We also did practice on drawing the key

Homework-  we got a page of drawing the Key practice and if you did not finish I️t is homework

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CV, Wednesday 12/06/17

Happy Wednesday :-)


I keep hearing music from the printer... I think it's the paper jamming.

-We are going to downtown Raleigh after school on Friday for our first Wintour performance at the capitol building. After that, we will grab dinner and head back to Holly Springs to sing for Christmas on Main Street.
-Next Friday, December 15th, we will be traveling to FVMS, HGMS, and HRMS to sing for their choirs. This is a field trip so let your first and second period teachers know you will be absent.
-There is a Caroling opportunity on December 16th! Come out to the Snuggly Sweater 5k at Bass Lake. Let Mrs. Patchett know if you are interested in singing or leading! You can get Tri M hours for this.
-Composite pictures will be December 12 so bring your concert attire.

Sight Singing:
Today we did a Sight Singing example at a level 5 on the board. We started off doing a unison example in the key of E flat, then we moved to the key of C, and ended with a 4 part Sight reading example in the key of C. The goal is to be able to pull up quartets and accurately sing an SATB level 5 Sight reading example!

Rehearsal Notes:
-Today we worked on the following songs:
Joy to the World: we focused on sounding triumphant and working with the dynamics. Remember, we will be singing this at the tree lighting so it needs to be good!!
The First Noel: briefly talked about dynamics. We mainly went over questions about notes.

Music Theory: 
-We reviewed our music theory packet today and focused on unit 4. Unit 4 talks about relative minors, minor scales (harmonic, melodic, and natural) and interval/interval quality. We also got a homework sheet that is due tomorrow... if you were absent today, review those at home tonight and get the missing work tomorrow!

-Music Theory sheet on minor scales