Singing Ideas for Grades 9-12

Grade Levels: 9 - 12

Work with musically proficient students to develop an informal vocal performance.


Standard 1a


Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music: Students sing with expression and technical accuracy a large and varied repertoire of vocal literature with a level of difficulty of 4, on a scale of 1 to 6, including some songs performed from memory.

The teacher helps students prepare works for an informal school concert. Both solo and small-ensemble literature are performed by students in the choral program. The teacher provides guidance in the selection of a varied repertoire that will demonstrate the proficiency of the students without taxing the voices over the duration of the rehearsals and eventual performance. Soloists and group members are responsible for learning about the background of their piece (i.e., the historical or cultural context of the composition, special musical effects it contains, and the meaning of the text).

The teacher acts as a facilitator to make sure that the information developed from the students' research is reflected in the performance of the piece. To do this, the teacher monitors at least one short rehearsal with each student or student group, during which the students perform the piece and explain the reasons for their musical decisions. The teacher helps the students correct any problems.

The concert is open to the students' peers outside the choral program (and, possibly, to parents or other guests). It is also attended by all other students in the choral program, who provide a knowledgeable audience. In the class period following the concert, the students evaluate each other's performances. At the beginning of the discussion for each piece, the performers share their understanding of the work; the focus then centers on high points of the technical presentation and the appropriateness of each interpretation.

The instructional activity is successful when:

  • The students perform competently, confidently, and with appropriate expression

Excerpted from Teaching Examples: Ideas for Music Educators.

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