The Phoenix Children’s Chorus (PCC) provides rich and rewarding experiences for its members where singing is the major focus. Each director will move his or her ensemble toward meeting its goals as stated in the PCC mission statement, goals, purpose of each choir, and learner outcomes. The students study and perform a variety of music from simple unison folk songs to complex contemporary choral literature. Both sacred and secular repertoire is selected to encompass all historical periods. Music from all genres will be selected in order to provide a comprehensive choral education. Music literacy is also an important component of the curriculum. Each student is assessed and placed in the music literacy class where he or she will be most successful. The curriculum focuses on three areas: vocal technique, music literacy, and performance.

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Vocal technique is the ability to manipulate the vocal instrument in a healthy manner in order to produce an aesthetically pleasing sound. This includes tone production, intonation, breathing, vowel placement, posture and artistry. Each rehearsal will include various vocal ease exercises designed to help develop the voice. These exercises increase in difficulty and require more skill as the chorister progresses through the program.

Music literacy encompasses many skills, one of which is the recognition of intervals and the ability to sing them accurately. Students will gain knowledge of standard tempo, stylistic and dynamic markings, along with the ability to find normal phrasing points in a musical line independently. Students will learn to recognize basic music notation as well as the treble and bass clef pitches. In addition, students will develop the ability to sing with accurate diction and in multiple languages.

Performance as it relates to participating in a choral ensemble is the ability to communicate with an audience through enthusiastic stage presence. This skill also includes the ability to demonstrate professional performance etiquette both on and off the stage. Because all students will eventually be consumers of the arts, audience etiquette also plays an important part of the skills taught within this area. Singing is a powerfully personal means of expression. It is our hope that participation in PCC will form the foundation of a life-long relationship with music and the arts for choristers and their families.

CHORAL PROGRAM, PURPOSES, AND LEARNER OUTCOMES

The Phoenix Children’s Chorus (PCC) choral program consists of three children’s choirs and two youth choirs. The children’s division consists of Prep Choir, Cadet Choir, and Concert Choir. The youth division includes Bravo and Encore. PCC students range from 2nd through 12th grade and each ensemble is dedicated to excellence. Directors help choristers develop the skills outlined for each ensemble. Advancement into a higher-level choir is dependent upon mastery of the Learner Outcomes and demonstration of physical and mental stamina as it relates to participation in rehearsals. Attendance and music literacy assessments are also considered when determining a child’s placement.

Please see each choir’s page for its Purpose and Learner Outcomes.

Prep Choir

The purpose of the Prep Choir is to introduce and teach the fundamental elements of vocal technique such as posture, breathing, vowel placement, good singing tone, tonal memory, pitch relationships, and simple rhythm patterns. These elements are required to develop the child’s musicianship skills and for advancement to the Cadet Choir. Choristers are encouraged to develop self-control, discipline, and stage presence as each relates to the music, rehearsals, and performances. Music literacy is integrated into rehearsals. Choristers will realize a sense of pride in their work through learning basic choral techniques, music of all genres, movement and performance.

Prep Choir Learner Outcomes

  • Produce a clear and pleasant head tone
  • Demonstrate correct singing posture
  • Read simple rhythmic patterns
  • Demonstrate knowledge of solfege syllables and hand signs
  • Sing a major scale in tune in solfege syllables
  • Sing unison, rounds and partner songs
  • Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette

Prep Music Literacy Checklist.pdf

Cadet Choir

The purpose of the Cadet Choir is to teach and to refine the fundamental elements of vocal technique as outlined in the Cadet Choir learner outcomes. In addition students develop melodic and harmonic recognition and music reading skills required for basic musicianship and for advancement to the Concert Choir or Bravo. The concepts of good choral technique (phrasing, dynamics, tempo, etc.) continue to be developed. Each chorister receives thirty minutes of music literacy instruction independent of the rehearsal. The chorister’s sense of responsibility to himself/herself and to the other students in the choir is encouraged and ongoing as well as a sense of pride in his/her work through music of all genres, movement, and performance.

Cadet Choir Learner Outcomes

  • All Prep Choir learner outcomes
  • Consistently produce a clear and pleasant head voice
  • Demonstrate correct singing posture and breathing techniques
  • Read simple and complex rhythmic patterns
  • Sing interval sequences with solfege syllables
  • Sight sing simple pitch and rhythm sequences
  • Sing two-part harmony
  • Develop an understanding of dynamics and phrasing
  • Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette

Cadet Music Literacy 1 Checklist.pdf
Cadet Music Literacy 2 Checklist.pdf
Cadet Music Literacy 3 Checklist.pdf

Concert Choir

The purpose of the Concert Choir is to refine and cultivate the fundamental elements of good vocal and choral technique as well as provide a wide variety of performance experiences to its members. Concert Choir members will be taught the skills necessary to advance to Bravo. Each chorister receives thirty minutes of music literacy instruction independent of the rehearsal. Choristers will raise their level of musicianship through thorough preparation of the music. Choristers represent the Phoenix Children’s Chorus in an enthusiastic and professional manner at all functions and performances. Concert Choir members continue to learn and perform music from all genres and enhance the literature through movement and choralography where appropriate. Choristers will be role models in rehearsal, performance, and travel. Participation in the annual tour is a required component of membership in the Concert Choir.

Concert Choir Learner Outcomes

  • All Cadet Choir learner outcomes
  • Produce an open, supported and focused tone with minimal prompting
  • Sing in multiple languages
  • Sing pure vowels
  • Sing with stylistic accuracy
  • Locate “DO” and sight sing pitches and rhythms
  • Sing in two and three part harmony
  • Demonstrate an understanding of dynamics and phrasing
  • Develop an understanding of abstract musical concepts
  • Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette
  • Perform and rehearse at all times with professional and appropriate stage presence
  • Attend all rehearsals and performances in accordance with the attendance policy

All students are expected to complete at least one year in Prep or Cadet Choir in the Children’s Division before
being placed in Concert Choir.

Concert Music Literacy 1 Checklist.pdf
Concert Music Literacy 2 Checklist.pdf
Concert Music Literacy 3 Checklist.pdf

Bravo

The purpose of Bravo is to serve as a transition choir from the Children’s Division to the Youth Division for underclassmen and choristers new to the organization, and to prepare students for the pinnacle musical experience in the Phoenix Children’s Chorus, membership in Encore. Choristers will refine and cultivate the skills necessary for advancement into Encore. Students in Bravo demonstrate the fundamental elements of good vocal and choral technique. Students experience a wide variety of performance opportunities. Each chorister receives thirty minutes of music literacy instruction independent of the rehearsal. In addition, choristers receive more individualized sectional instruction once per month. Choristers will raise their level of musicianship through thorough preparation of the music. Choristers represent the Phoenix Children’s Chorus in an enthusiastic and professional manner at all functions and performances. Bravo members continue to learn and perform music from all genres and enhance the literature through movement and choralography where appropriate. Choristers will be role models in rehearsal, performance, and travel. Bravo will represent the Phoenix Children’s Chorus on a local, state, and regional level.

Bravo Learner Outcomes

  • All Children’s Choir Division learner outcomes
  • Produce an open, supported focused, and resonant tone
  • Sing in multiple languages
  • Sing pure vowels with minimal prompting
  • Sing with stylistic authenticity
  • Locate “DO” and sight sing pitches and rhythms in the appropriate clef
  • Sing in three and four part harmony
  • Apply stylistically correct dynamics and phrasing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of abstract musical concepts
  • Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette
  • Perform and rehearse at all times with professional and appropriate stage presence
  • Attend all rehearsals and performances in accordance with the attendance policy

HS Music Literacy 1 Checklist.pdf
HS Music Literacy 2 Checklist.pdf
HS Music Literacy 3 Checklist.pdf
HS Music Literacy 4 Checklist.pdf
HS Music Literacy 5 Checklist.pdf

Encore

The purpose of Encore is to raise the student’s level of aesthetic awareness by providing a continued comprehensive music education through vocal and choral technique, rehearsals, and performance opportunities. Each chorister receives thirty minutes of music literacy instruction independent of the two hour rehearsal each week. In addition, choristers receive more individualized sectional instruction once per month. Choristers study music from all genres and enhance the literature through movement, choralography, and choreography where appropriate. Choristers will be role models in rehearsal, performance and travel. Membership in Encore is the pinnacle experience of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. Participation in the annual tour is a required component of membership in Encore.

Encore Learner Outcomes

  • Produce an open, supported focused, and resonant tone with minimal prompting
  • Sing in multiple languages using accurate diction
  • Sing appropriate vowels to obtain desired blend, intonation, and tone quality
  • Sing with stylistic authenticity
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight read music accurately
  • Sing in three to six part harmony
  • Interpret dynamics and phrasing through musical knowledge and text
  • Communicate the meaning of texts through singing, body language, and phrase shaping
  • Demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette consistently
  • Perform and rehearse at all times with professional and appropriate stage presence
  • Attend all rehearsals and performances in accordance with the attendance policy

All students will be expected to complete at least one year in Bravo before auditioning for Encore. This includes students in Concert Choir moving from the Children’s Division to the Youth Division.

HS Music Literacy 1 Checklist.pdf
HS Music Literacy 2 Checklist.pdf
HS Music Literacy 3 Checklist.pdf
HS Music Literacy 4 Checklist.pdf
HS Music Literacy 5 Checklist.pdf