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Ensemble Rehearsal Plan

Conductor’s Name: Elizabeth Livingston


Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject/Content Area: Women’s Choir
New Jersey Standards:
 1.3.12.B.2: Students will have the ability to read and interpret music.
 1.3.12.B.3: Students will understand how to manipulate elements of music to increase
their musical artistry.
Learning Objectives:
 Students will be able to perform m. 5-19 of “I Will Always Love You” on text with a
success rate of 80% or higher.
 Students will apply their knowledge of music theory to determine the key signature of
the sight singing example.
 Students will experience leading the ensemble.
 Students will realize how their contributions to rehearsals positively or negatively
impact the success of the group.
Technical Skills: breath, phonation, posture and diction
Musical Concepts: rhythm, melody, harmony and beat
Musical Musicianship: phrasing, dynamics and conducting the ensemble, which contributes
to acquiring agency.
Materials: Sing at First Sight, Vol. 1, piano, pencils, manuscript, music score for “I Will
Always Love You” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”
Learning Sequence:
Warm-up
 Snapping and moving side to side
 Lip Trills (dSd) ascending starting on B-flat major.
 “I Love to Sing” ascending (sDsmd) starting on C Major with physical gesture on
“love.”
 [ya] (sfmrd) descending starting on E-flat Major
 Solfege scale ascending and descending in the key of D major in a round using hand
signs lead by student conductor.

Sight Singing
 Teacher presents example #5 on page #47 of Sing at First Sight, Vol.1. Ensemble
discusses the key signature, time signature and 1st/2nd ending as a class.
 Singers collaboratively decipher the solfege of the example. Singers may work in their
voiced sections (Sopranos and Altos).
 Singers perform the example as a group.
 Singers perform the example as a group using hand signs.
Choral Repertoire: “I Will Always Love You”
 The teacher will accompany the choir on the piano as they sing m. 11-34. Teacher will review
trouble spot (SSA m.29-34).
 Singers will learn m. 35-40. Teacher explains that it is the same pitches as m. 19-24 but in a
new rhythm.
 The teacher will accompany the choir as they perform m.5-34 (Singer may sight read m.20-25
and m.30-34).

Choral Repertoire: “Dream a Little Dream of Me”


 Teacher will accompany choir as they sing “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”
 Teacher will review that the Sopranos need to lift their Soft Palette for the “oh” vowel.
Assessments
 Formative: The teacher will listen and observe the ensemble as they perform
repertoire for accuracy of pitches and rhythms. The warm up exercise “Do mi, re
fa…etc.” isolates singers to see if they can sing and hand sign the pattern.
 Integrative: Teacher will self-reflect after the rehearsal: What went well? What did
not go well? How could I better my instruction to be more cohesive and precise?