• Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Complete by Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus
    • Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Teacher’s Activity Kit, Complete
    • Bumblebee! Rounds and Warm-ups for Choirs by Micheal Griffin
    • The Jensen Sight-singing Course, Vol. I by David Bauguess
    • The Jensen Sight-Singing Course, Vol. II by David Bauguess
    • Singing Tongue Twisters A-Z by Brian Kane
    • Successful Warm-ups, Book I by Nancy Telfer
    • Theory Notebook by John Brimhall
    • The Sight-Singer, Vol. I by Audrey Snyder
    • Accent on Composers by Jay Althouse and Judith O’Reilly



    Level I: Basic Rhythmic Concepts

    Level II: Stepwise movement; sounding out rhythms with whole, half, dotted half, quarter

    Level III: Skips on the tonic triad

    Level IV: Combination of stepwise movement with skips on the tonic triad

    Level V: The eighth note is introduced

    Level VI: Eighth note representing one beat in various time signatures

    Level VII: The dotted quarter note is introduced

    Level VIII: Skips of the Dominant seventh chord


    HISTORY/COMPOSERS COVERED (to name a few..)

    George Frederic Handel

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ludwig Van Beethoven

    Franz Schubert

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Richard Wagner

    Scott Joplin

    Antonin Dvorak

    Etta James

    History of the Blues

    Stevie Wonder

    Richard Rodgers

    Oscar Hammerstein II

    Leonard Bernstein

    John Williams

    Edward “Duke” Ellington

    Hip-Hop Style of Music



    The Staff

    Treble, Alto, Bass Clef Parts of The Clef’s

    Musical Notation

    Whole-Half-Quarter Notes

    The Measure

    Time Signatures (2/4. 3/4, 4/4, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8)

    Note Values

    Rest Values

    Dotted Notes

    Leger Lines                                                                                         

    The Repeat Sign (1st and 2nd endings)

    The Tie -The Slur                                                              

    Eighth Notes

    Eighth Rests                                                                     

    Dotted Quarter Notes

    The Flats




    The Key Signature; The Flat Keys & The Sharp Keys 

    Sixteenth Notes

    Sixteenth Rests

    Dotted Eighth Notes

    Alla Breve

    All Intervals; Whole & Half Steps


    Major Scales


    Echo rhythms

    Echo pitch Awareness of choral blend

    Good vs. poor vocal tone discrimination

    Matching pitch vs. not matching pitch

    Tonality: Major minor modes pentatonic

    Rhythm: word (syllable) correlation to note length

    steady beat – internal / external pulse maintain steady beat while singing long vs. short notes and patterns duple / triple meter

    Tempo: fast slow; Timbre: good vs. poor tone discrimination exploration of own voice

    Form: AB ABA AABA

    Call and Response rounds


    Rounds; Partner songs


    Explore multiple tonalities within chorus, i.e. Major, minor, etc.

    Sight-reading (solo and ensemble) using an established pitch reading system Melodic contour; Rhythm: speak, count and/or tap rhythm

    Timbre: introduction to appropriate singing voice

    Form: repeat signs “ ‘ 1st and 2nd endings introductions and interludes of accompaniment rounds

    Harmony: descant increased rhythmic independence; 3-4 parts dissonance and resolution

    Composer project using Internet for research

    Apply performance practice according to musical genre

    Historical / geographical /Cultural / social connections of repertoire

    Perform in a variety of musical styles and style periods