Maitland MS Chorus

Dr. Lori Lovell, Director

Goals Of The Maitland Choral Program:

  1. • To develop a concept of good vocal production (pleasant tone quality, proper intonation, accurate diction, and adequate breath support) and the ability to listen with discrimination.
  2. • To develop music reading ability by understanding the relationship between sound and symbol.
  3. • To recognize musical elements and demonstrate expressive qualities of the various styles of choral music - learning the relationship of music to the other arts and disciplines outside the arts.
  4. • To contribute to the blend, balance, and quality of the ensemble by developing the ability to sing a vocal part securely and uniformly.
  5. • To develop confidence in performing by practicing performance etiquette, as well as listening to, analyzing and describing music, evaluating music and music performances.
  6. • To recognize the unique values of singing and be able to perform for self-enjoyment and for others.
  7. • To value music as a means of self-expression.
  8. • To develop self-discipline by functioning as a responsible member of a choral organization.
  9. • To experience successful achievement and pleasure through group involvement.
  10. To develop a desire to continue vocal musical experiences whether through singing alone or with others, a varied repertoire of music.

 

THE 9 MAGICAL QUALITIES, LESSONS, AND INSIGHTS WE GAIN THROUGH LEARNING MUSIC


1. Confidence and Self-Esteem: Performing in front of an audience, mastering a new piece of music, or simply connecting with other musicians in an ensemble has a positive effect on building students’ ability to believe in themselves.

2. Collaboration and Teamwork: The skill of creating a certain “give and take” when singing in a chorus translates well to business endeavors and other projects that involve teamwork and working cooperatively.

3. Leadership: The entrepreneur, much like the singer on stage, must communicate a compelling vision, motivate their fellow singers, and give forth their greatest performances for the good of the whole.

4. Salesmanship and Branding: The constant campaign of engaging audiences and programming our music encourages loyalty and serves well in the business world.

5. Creativity and Innovation: People involved in music come into the classroom or workplace with fit and toned creativity muscles.

6. Risk Acceptance: With musicians and artists in general, curiosity is strong enough to overcome a natural aversion to risk. Asking why and seeking experimentation in rehearsal yields the best performances.

7. Discipline and Fundamentals: Musicians must possess discipline to develop their craft to the point that they are ready to share their talents on any significant level.

8. Individuality: Music and the arts help people find their unique “voice” in life rather than just going through the motions.

9. Passion: To be passionate about music, or anything really, requires a belief that it is a powerful and inspirational force. Any endeavor is destined for mediocrity without it.