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  • General

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    FRMS Vocal Music with Mr. Skaar

    You have arrived at my MOODLE page - it is always "under construction" and will be updated often. Contact me anytime by e-mail: michael.skaar@district196.

    The recent FRMS Spring 2017 POPS Choral Concerts are available to view on District 196 YouTube at:
    Grade 7 Choir
    Grade 8 Choir
    Falcon Men & Chanté Choirs

    Vocal Jazz Concert

    This concerts will be replayed on District 196 TV channel for next month.
    Visit link for TV broadcast schedule
    District 196 TV can be found on area cable TV at:
    Charter Communications Cable, Channel 189 in Apple Valley, Rosemount & Lakeville
    Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Burnsville & Eagan
    Comcast Cable Inver Grove Heights (Thursday evenings 6pm – 12am & Sat./Sun. Noon – 2pm) Channel 20
    CenturyLink Channel 8337 Twin Cities Wide

    For Good (correct Eb)

    For Good (Too Low Db)

    Bohemian Rhapsody (no vocal)

    Bohemian Rhapsody (with vocal)

    • Homework

      Students will not typically have homework activities. There are plenty of app's and websites for music theory help. Some will be listed here for reference. There will be a musical terms worksheet and test pertaining to frequently used music vocabulary. We study the Grand Staff and will also have activities and quizzes on labeling letter names of lines & spaces. Participation in the December concert is required - please make calendar/schedule/ride arrangements. Grading:

      40% Written Work

      30% Daily Participation

      20% Concert/Project

      10% Voice Checks

      Star Spangled Banner (Festival Choir) -

      Soprano Alto
      Tenor Bass
    • Co-curricular Choirs

      Treble Choir

      This is a female group of 7th & 8th graders auditioned the 2nd or 3rd week of school. The size varies, but is generally around 60 members. They will practice on Mondays & Wednesdays during 2nd lunch from late September through mid-March. Performances are in December and March. Sweatshirts will be purchased and serve as their concert uniform. Communication via REMIND: Text @frmstreble to 81010.

      Men's Choir

      This is a male group of 7th & 8th graders auditioned the 2nd or 3rd week of school. The size varies, but is generally around 40 members. They will practice on Tuesdays & Fridays during 2nd lunch from late September through mid-March. Performances are in December and March. Sweatshirts will be purchased and serve as their concert uniform. Communication via REMIND: Text @frmsmen to 81010.

      Festival Choir
      This 8th grade select ensemble will be auditioned the first week of October. Rehearsals will be 1st lunch Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday from November through February. It will be combined with the 5 other district middle school choirs for CHOIR FEST on Feb. 2, 2018.

      Chanté
      This 8th grade select group of about 20-30 will be auditioned in March. It rehearses 1st & 2nd lunches through April/May/June.

      Falcon Men
      This 8th grade select group of about 20 will be auditioned in March. It rehearses 1st & 2nd lunches through April/May/June.

      ACDA STATE 7-8 Honor Choirs
      7th & 8th grade recorded auditions are sent in to the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) of Minnesota. Approximately 150 male and 150 female singers are selected form across the state. Auditions must be submitted by Sept. 30.  If selected, students will participate in an all-day music festival on Saturday, November 18 @ St. Andrew's Church in Mahtomedi. This is the "All-State Choir" for middle school.

      ACDA 4-5-6 Honor Choir
      All-state honor choir for grades 4-5-6. Approximately 150 students are selected from across the state. The perfect "next-step" for singers involved in the district DaCapo elementary school choirs, Dakota Valley Singers, students in Allegro Choral Academy or MN BoyChoir, and students studying private voice lessons.  Auditions must be submitted by Feb. 18.  If selected, students will participate in an all-day music festival on May 6 @ St. Andrew's Church in Mahtomedi. This is the "All-State Choir" for elementary school. More info will be announced to students after winter break.  If you are not in choir, but would like to audition, please see Mr. Skaar at that time.

      • Faith Friday - Song Study

        See You At The Pole is Sept. 28

        FRMS students will meet around the flagpole at 7:30-7:50am - parents are welcome!

        Friday Meetings begin Sept. 30

        Meet in room 170 from7:15-7:50am.  If Friday is a non-student day, the meeting will be Thursday. If no Thursday/Friday...then NO meeting that week. More info on the signup below. Meetings are cancelled if school is delayed or called off - notice is usually issued before 7am.

        Leader/Treat Sign-up:  HERE

        Sign-up Genius - try it - I like it!  It has a Song Study home page with complete details about the weekly meetings.  Scroll down for sign-ups to lead or bring treats!

        Communication:  HERE

        I use REMIND - it is a safe "blind" messaging system.  Parents &/or students may sign up by clicking above or simply texting @faithfri to 81010.  You'll get a text from them asking for your name (1st name & last initial will be plenty, but seeing parents' last names helps me for future messages).  I don't ever see your # & you don't see mine.  I'll send a text reminder on the night before we have study each week. Students under age 13 who sign up for the service will only enter limited information (due to COPPA) and will be linked through a parent email.

        • Extra Credit

          • Print out the PDF below and follow the instructions.
          • Any musical presentations will do, with the exception of pop/rock concerts.
          • Students may do 3 XC's per trimester for a total of +9%
          • Presentations seen over the summer may be counted toward 1st Trimester!
        • CONCERTS

          Attendance is required and is a part of their Trimester grade (considered a project).

          Late is OK: Students are instructed to join their group on stage as soon as possible (in-between songs).

          A video of the concert will be placed on the district TV channel about 1 week after the concert.

          6th & 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concerts @ EVHS Tuesday, December 19, 2017

          5pm Treble & Bass Activity Choirs ARRIVE on stage
          5:30pm 6th Graders ARRIVE in EVHS Choir Room
          6pm 6th Grade Concert

          6:30pm 7th Graders ARRIVE in the EVHS Choir Room
          7pm 7th Grade Concert

          7:30pm 8th Graders ARRIVE in the EVHS Choir Room
          8pm 8th Grade Concert

          7th & 8th Grade Choir Concerts @ EVHS Tuesday, May 8, 2018

          5pm Chanté & Falcon Men ARRIVE on stage
          5:30pm 7th Graders ARRIVE in EVHS Choir Room
          6pm 7th Grade Concert
          7pm 8th Graders ARRIVE in the EVHS Choir Room
          7:30pm 8th Grade Concert

          Attire: Semi-Formal – Dress nice! (as if attending a wedding or event)
          Spring dresses (appropriate lengths), light or dark pants/skirts, nice shirts & ties, and darker shoes.
          Shoulders & mid-areas should be covered.
          No white socks.
          No leggings.
          No sweat pants.
          No mini skirts.