LPMS Choir

Students learn and practice all the aspects of singing and reading music

Singing - vowel production, how to change a vowel so that it sounds good when you sing and is still understandable, the phonetic alphabet and pure vowels, dipthongs(two vowels for one word or syllable) for words like joy (oh ee) and tripthongs(three vowel sounds), consonant production - those with pitch, z, th, d, and v, those without, t, c, ch, k, those to avoid, r and s. Singing is other languages including italian, french, spanish, german, latin, zulu, swahili, and others. Matching pitch, singing a phrase of music. Harmonizing - sing one note while another person or group sings a different note. Learning to sing a major scale when given any starting pitch. Learning the solfege syllables(Do Re Mi, etc) for the major and ultimately the minor scale using both the syllables and hand gestures.

Reading Music - Notes and rhythm.  Learning the major key signatures and their relationships in the circle of fifths. Being able to to identify Do in any key. Following and singing the correct rhythms - whole, half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes, dotted notes and rhythmic patterns such as dotted 8th, 16th. Read music in different time signatures. Read music in treble and bass clef, depending on voicing. Follow a vocal part and piano and rhythm section where there is multiple staves. Identify your relative starting pitch based on the other voices and instruments given. Read a line or a piece of music cold, having never sung or heard it before. Read a line of music using solfege syllables and hand gestures.