1. Why take Choir?
- It's a great place to make friends.
- You don't have to have the best voice to have a great time. More people = better sound!
- Music is stress relieving. (It's a scientific fact. Look it up!)
- Choirs perform all types of music (not just classical).
- You don't necessarily need to know how to read music.
- No expensive instruments required!
- Choir people are the best people in the world!
2. How does Choir fit into my schedule?
The school day is comprised of Core classes (math, language arts, social studies, and science) and Elective class periods. The daily schedule will include the four core classes, and two elective classes, one of which can be Choir. Classes do not need to be "checked off" before the end of middle school. The freedom in the middle school schedule allows students the opportunity to take the classes that interest them the most and not take other classes. Can I take Choir all 3 years of Middle School?
3. Can I play sports if I take Choir?
Yes, you can do both! Many students in Choir participate in after school sports. Choir class occurs during the school day with only two/three after school (evening) performances during the semester. These fun performances are easy to schedule around and we have found that it is no problem for students to participate in both.
4. How much home practice is involved?
In the beginning we encourage students to practice 15 minutes about four times a week. With Choir meeting every day for an entire class period, we expect to see rapid growth and development as students begin their musical experience.
5. How much after school time is required for Choir?
Very little time is spent outside of school for required rehearsals and performances. Mr. Dawley will always communicate the time that's needed at least 2 weeks in advance. Any conflicts can be resolved by having your parents give Mr. Dawley a call or email right away.
6. Do I have to know how to sing or read music to join?
Nope. Learning how to sing and read music is all part of the process. Mr. Dawley says that if you don't know math you go to a math teacher...if you don't know how to sing then you go to a singing teacher!
7. If I choose not to take Choir in 6th grade, can I join in 7th grade?
Yes! Many students (unfortunately) realize after the fact that they wish they would have signed up for Choir. In fact, we often get many new 7th graders who join us. It is always a good idea to talk to your school counselor about scheduling and making the change!
"Mr. Dawley is a keeper. He is so funny and is really nice."
Giselle, 6th grade
"It's an amazing class. You will love it!"
Alina, 6th grade
"Listen to Mr. Dawley. Trust me. You won't regret ANYTHING he teaches you."
Isabella, 7th grade
"I should have taken this class longer. It's really fun.
Even if you don't think you're going to like it, TRY IT!"
Amore, 8th grade
"Give it all you can because Mr. Dawley is one of the best teachers."
Joel, 8th grade