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Welcome to HMS Chorus

Welcome!  Thank you so much for visiting the Chorus website!
The information below applies to the 2021-2022 school year.  Go ahead and check these tasks off your list! 
 
Email is the best way to reach me:
Dale_S_Duncan@dekalbschoolsga.org
 
There are THREE very important technology items that all chorus students must take care of immediately! 
1)  Sign up for Remind
2)  Sign up for Music Prodigy
3)  Sign up for the Google Classroom 
 
 

#1  How do I sign up for Remind? 

Click the links to join your class or grade level-

6th Grade:  https://www.remind.com/join/def3k6

7th Grade Boys Class:  https://www.remind.com/join/h6ee26f

7th Grade Treble Choir:  https://www.remind.com/join/ghc7cc

8th Grade Advanced Chorus:  https://www.remind.com/join/kad829

AD’s 2020-2021:  https://www.remind.com/join/ad20212



 


#2:  Sign Up for Music Prodigy 

Music Prodigy Guidance for Chorus Students

 

What is Music Prodigy? 

Music Prodigy is a computer/app based program that allows chorus students to practice sight singing, and to take tests to assess their sight singing ability.

Click here to learn more.

As a Henderson Middle School Chorus student, am I required to use Music Prodigy?

Yes. There are no exceptions.

What if I don’t have a smart phone?

Use a computer at home or school or use a friend’s smart phone or your Chromebook. 

How will I get a grade from Music Prodigy?

When you sing into your device, Music Prodigy will assign a grade based on the accuracy of your singing. You can use “Practice mode” many times before using Assessment mode. However, the grade will only count if you use ASSESSMENT mode. Mr. Duncan can see the grade immediately, and many times, he will record that grade into his gradebook. You will know ahead of time whether a specific assignment will count. Some days, you will sing examples just for fun. Mr. Duncan can also listen to the recording of your singing from anywhere in the world that has internet access.

How do I get started with Music Prodigy?

For all instructions regarding set up of Music Prodigy on your device, click this link.

What is the deadline for the set up of Music Prodigy?

Every chorus student must be registered and signed in no later than Friday, August 21, 2020.   The first assignment will be given very soon after that date. Once the first assignment is given, no excuses will be accepted regarding account access.

If you do not set up an account, you will receive “0’s” on all assignments.

Completing assignments in class:

During Virtual Learning, Music Prodigy will be a very important component of our learning.

On certain days, you will be asked to bring your portable device (smart phone, chromebook or ipad with internet access) to school so that you can complete an assignment during class time. If you don’t have a portable device, you have two options:

You will have to complete the assignment on your own computer or on a school computer that same night for homework, OR you can sign into your account using a friend’s phone if they are willing to allow you to do that. You must use class time wisely. If you forget your phone that day, you will receive a “0”.

Completing assignments at home:

Some days, you will be asked to complete assignments at home for homework. You will only be given one day to do those assignments. If they are late, you will receive a 50% reduction in score.

You must always complete your assignments in ASSESSMENT mode in order to get a grade.

 Here are the Music Prodigy codes for 2022-2022

 

7th Grade Treble Choir: j jwx126

7th Grade Boys:  gmp647

2nd period 8th grade Mixed:   ptx730  

6th period 6th grade:  gtv440

7th period 6th Grade:  quv776 




#3- The Google Classroom

A lot of your work in chorus will be submitted using the Google Classroom. 

 

In order to use the Google Classroom, you will use your school email address.  

YOU MAY NOT USE PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM!


Here is how to join-

  1. Go to classroom.google.com

  2. Click the plus sign on the upper right

  3. Click “join class”

  4. Type in the code listed below that corresponds to your class or grade.

 

Each class has a unique code.  Here are the codes-Choose YOUR class only.


6th Grade Chorus-  3mttv4v

7th Grade Men’s Chorus- yarxtaz

7th Grade Treble Chorus- sx4ar4w

8th Grade Mixed Chorus-  msf6scq

8th Grade Assistant Director’s Class- 3q42qyj



sx4ar4w






Or, you can simply join the Google Classroom by clicking the link below that corresponds to your class.  Remember- USE YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS ONLY!


6th Grade Chorus-    https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTE0MjgwMzE3?cjc=3mttv4v


7th Grade Boys Chorus-  https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTE0MjgwMzAz?cjc=yarxtaz


7th Grade Treble Chorus-  https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTE0MjgwMjg2?cjc=sx4ar4w


8th Grade Mixed Chorus-  https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTEzOTE4ODk0?cjc=msf6scq


8th Grade Assistant Director’s Class-  https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTE0MjgwMjc1?cjc=3q42qyj



Here is a link that informs you of how to sign into the google classroom. 

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020297

 

You must sign up for the class period or grade level in which I teach you.  You must sign up before August 6, 2021.

 


Thank you very much!

Mr. Duncan


Syllabus for 2021-2022

Chorus

Henderson Middle School

2830 Henderson Mill Road

Atlanta, GA 30341

Dale_S_Duncan@dekalbschoolsga.org                                   678-874-2992

Teacher:  Mr. Dale Duncan                                                    Grades 6-8

*Email is the best way to reach me.

 

Course Description:

In chorus, you will learn how to read music using the Kodaly Solfege System while you prepare songs for a performance at the end of each nine weeks.  Performances are a required part of this class.

 

Textbook/Publisher/Cost:

There is no textbook for this course.

 

Outline of Course:

This school year will consist of building and improving music reading skills.  At the end of each nine weeks, you will participate in a performance on which you will receive your exam grade.  Attendance at the performance is required.  Please mark your calendars carefully.  Dates are included later in this syllabus.

Concerts:

1st Nine Weeks:  Mini-Concert during the school day (Parents invited). 

2nd Nine Weeks:  Holiday Concert (Evening performance at 7 PM)

3rd Nine Weeks:  Large Group Performance Evaluation (Judged performance for a Score)

4th Nine Weeks:  Spring Musical Theater Performance

 

Description of Standards:

 

Georgia Performance Standards for Choral Music will be taught during this course.  Please refer to the Georgia Performance Standards for detailed listings of standards.  (www.georgiastandards.org)

 

Grading Scale:                                                          Weighted Averages:

 

90-100             A                     Daily Work (folders/reading/writing/participation)    45%

80-89               B                

71-79               C                     Performances/Final Exam (Assessment tasks)         25%

70                    D                     Quizzes/Tests/Homework/Projects                            30%

69 and below   F                                                          


Supplies:

You will need the following items everyday for this class:

a)    folder with pockets

b)    pencil

c)    blank paper with lines inside the folder.



Expectations: Let’s create a positive atmosphere for learning!

 

Daily Procedures:

 

RESPECT EVERYONE

1)    You need the following items everyday at your chair:  pencil, folder, paper inside the folder, agenda.

2)    Pick up your music folder everyday before you sit down.

3)    When you walk in the door daily, you must immediately complete your written warm up silently.  You are not allowed to talk during this time.  The warm up will usually be on the screen in the front of the room.

4)    Book bags are not allowed at your seat (Exception is the last two periods of the day).

5)    Cell Phones and Chromebooks:  Unless I’ve specifically asked for you or given permission to you to use an electronic device in class at a specific time, you are not to use it.   If you do so, I will take it from you, and it will not be returned until I decide to return it.  Don’t take the risk.  Be respectful of the rules regarding the use of electronic devices.

6)    Use the bathroom and get water BETWEEN classes only…..not DURING class.

7)    Emergencies:  If you are ill or have some sort of emergency and need to go to the bathroom during class, please let me know.  Bring your agenda for me to sign. 

8)    If you forget your folder, you will not be allowed to go back to your locker to get it.

9)     If you are late, bring a hall pass written inside your agenda.  The tardy will be excused.

10)  If you do not have a hall pass, the tardy is UNEXCUSED and will be reported to the Assistant Principal.

11) Please raise your hand before speaking if you have a question or comment.

12) Please do not write on music room property.

13) Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

14) Do not play piano without permission.

15) Spit out gum and candy on your way in the door.  It is not allowed in class.

16) Avoid leaning forward or backward in your chair.

17) You may sharpen your pencil before class.  If you need to sharpen during class, please ask first.

18) Once you enter my room, you must stay inside my room and begin your warm up.  You may not linger in the doorway or in the hall outside my room, and you may not put your books down and then go to the bathroom or walk out of the class.

19)  Chorus Field Trips are a privilege.  You begin earning the right to go on those trips today.  Remember that you show what kind of student you are everyday.

20)  Throwing objects is not allowed.

21)  When announcements are on, we all listen.

22)  Make up work policy.

23)  Fire drills.

 

Consequences of misbehaviors:

  1. Gentle verbal warning

  2. One on one discussion

  3. I will contact your parent

  4. “Write up” for administrators

 

 

Excellence is not an act, but a habit.

 

 

Your daily grade is 45% of your total grade.

Here are the FOUR ways to Ensure You Get An “A” Everyday in Chorus

 

1)    Bring your pencil, folder and paper daily.  Place the date on each warm up.  Keep your folder in order by DATE.  Random folder checks occur several times each month, and folders are collected for grading at the end of each nine weeks.  (20 points daily).

2)    Begin your warm up quietly and immediately (30 points daily).

3)    Participate to the best of your ability and listen ACTIVELY.  (30 points daily).

4)    Pick up your singing folder daily as you enter the classroom and take it to your chair (20 points daily.)

****Most of you will need a flashlight for this class during the first nine weeks.  Do not bring it in now.  I will let you know when it is due.  We will be using it for one of our songs.

 






Concert Dues and Chorus Uniform

The Chorus Uniform for your fall and winter concerts and for the Festival event is:

            *Royal Blue HMS Chorus Polo Shirt that must be purchased from me.

            *Black Pants

            *Black Shoes

            *Black belt if your pants have belt loops

            *These shirts will be delivered in September

            

The Chorus Uniform for the Spring Musical will be:

            *Specially designed Chorus Spring Musical T-shirt

            *Shorts or Jeans

            *Tennis Shoes

            *These shirts will not be delivered until April.

 

We will only collect money ONCE this year.  The cost for new chorus members (6th graders and new 7th/8th grade members) is $40.  The cost for returning HMS chorus members who already have the royal blue chorus polo is $20. 

 

 

We will only accept Cash or Money Order (NO CHECKS ALLOWED!).  I am collecting the money for the shirt the mornings of August 23, 24, 25, 26, 27.  More instructions will be given in coming weeks.

 

All students who are NEW to chorus must purchase BOTH shirts, so the total cost is $40.

And if any of the following three things apply to you, you must pay $40 also.

*You are new to chorus this year

*You have lost your old shirt

*Or, you have outgrown your old shirt.

 

Money isn’t accepted in class.  It is only accepted from 8:25-8:50 in the morning on the dates mentioned above.

 


Technology Related Sign Ups


***All students must use their REAL first and last name when signing up for Remind, Google Classroom and Music Prodigy.  Do not use your gamer names or social media names.  :-)

It is important for your grade that I have your real name.


 “REMIND”

 

Use of “Remind.com” is required for all students of this class.

Parents:  I request that you become a part of my email list.  You can also become a member of the Remind.com groups as well.   

 

Instructions for students and for parents are below!

 

 

Remind.com is mainly a “phone-based” communication tool.  However, for students who don’t have phones, you may use your chromebooks and computers in your home.

EVERY CHILD MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR REMIND NO LATER THAN AUGUST 12th

I will include quiz questions on tests that come from information I have sent to you on your “Remind” account.

 

I use email more frequently in order to communicate with parents. 

 

Much of the information regarding the musical is never mentioned in class and is only communicated in Email and “Remind”.  So, if you don’t learn how to use Remind, you will be in the dark and may miss opportunities.

 

Guidelines for Remind.com:

 

1)     Here are the requirements regarding Remind:

a)      You must sign up by August 21st..

b)     If you change phones, you must sign up again to stay current on the info.

 

How do I sign up for Remind?

Three ways…Choose one!


First option-


The easiest way is to click the links below that correspond to your class or grade level-Students younger than 13 will have to have their parents involved when you sign up.

Here are the Remind Codes for 2021-2022 Please delete ALL old codes from past school years.

 

6th Grade:  https://www.remind.com/join/def3k6

7th Grade Boys Class:  https://www.remind.com/join/h6ee26f

7th Grade Treble Choir:  https://www.remind.com/join/ghc7cc

8th Grade Advanced Chorus:  https://www.remind.com/join/kad829

AD’s 2020-2021:  https://www.remind.com/join/ad20212



Second option-


On your phone using the “text” feature:

1)               Text 81010 where you’d normally write the phone number of a person you are about to text.

2)              Where you’d normally write a TEXT, you enter the code below of the CLASS  you are in (2nd period, 3rd period, 4th period, 5th period, 6th period or 7th period).  You MUST use the “@” that is in front of the code or it won’t work. 


Third Option-

If you don’t have a phone: 

1)               Use your computer or ipad.

2)              Join online: Visit remind.com/join and enter the class code along with your mobile phone number or email address. You'll get text notifications at the number or email address that you entered.

 

 

c)      You are responsible for ALL information that I communicate via Remind. All students must be signed up for REMIND no later than August 21, 2020.  I will print out the results and give a grade.  The grade will be “100” if you’ve signed up.  It will be “0” if you haven’t signed up.  Parent sign up is encouraged too in order to help students keep up with the information.   

 

 

 

 

 

The Google Classroom

 

A lot of your work in chorus will be submitted using the Google Classroom. 

 

In order to use the Google Classroom, you will use your school email address.  

YOU MAY NOT USE PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM!


Here is how to join-

  1. Go to classroom.google.com

  2. Click the plus sign on the upper right

  3. Click “join class”

  4. Type in the code listed below that corresponds to your class or grade.

 

Each class has a unique code.  Here are the codes-Choose YOUR class only.


6th Grade Chorus-  3mttv4v

7th Grade Men’s Chorus- yarxtaz

7th Grade Treble Chorus- sx4ar4w

8th Grade Mixed Chorus-  msf6scq

8th Grade Assistant Director’s Class- 3q42qyj



sx4ar4w






Or, you can simply join the Google Classroom by clicking the link below that corresponds to your class.  Remember- USE YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL ADDRESS ONLY!


6th Grade Chorus-    https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTE0MjgwMzE3?cjc=3mttv4v


7th Grade Boys Chorus-  https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTE0MjgwMzAz?cjc=yarxtaz


7th Grade Treble Chorus-  https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTE0MjgwMjg2?cjc=sx4ar4w


8th Grade Mixed Chorus-  https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTEzOTE4ODk0?cjc=msf6scq


8th Grade Assistant Director’s Class-  https://classroom.google.com/c/MzcxOTE0MjgwMjc1?cjc=3q42qyj



Here is a link that informs you of how to sign into the google classroom. 

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020297

 

You must sign up for the class period or grade level in which I teach you. 


 

 

You have until August 9th to get signed into the Google Classroom, Remind and Music Prodigy.

Assignments will be given in the google classroom on that day or soon after.

 

 

 

Music Prodigy

Music Prodigy Guidance for Chorus Students

 

What is Music Prodigy? 

Music Prodigy is a computer/app based program that allows chorus students to practice sight singing, and to take tests to assess their sight singing ability.

Click here to learn more.

https://www.musicprodigy.com/features

As a Henderson Middle School Chorus student, am I required to use Music Prodigy?

Yes.  There are no exceptions.

 

What if I don’t have a smart phone?

Use a computer at home or school or use a friend’s smart phone or your Chromebook. 

 

How will I get a grade from Music Prodigy?

When you sing into your device, Music Prodigy will assign a grade based on the accuracy of your singing.  You can use “Practice mode” many times before using Assessment mode.  However, the grade will only count if you use ASSESSMENT mode.  Mr. Duncan can see the grade immediately, and many times, he will record that grade into his gradebook.  You will know ahead of time whether a specific assignment will count.  Some days, you will sing examples just for fun.  Mr. Duncan can also listen to the recording of your singing from anywhere in the world that has internet access.

 

How do I get started with Music Prodigy?

For all instructions regarding set up of Music Prodigy on your device, click this link.  http://www.musicprodigy.com/support/article/students-getting-started

 

What is the deadline for the set up of Music Prodigy?

Every chorus student must be registered and signed in no later than Monday, August 9th.  The first assignment will be given very soon after that date.  Once the first assignment is given, no excuses will be accepted regarding account access.

If you do not set up an account, you will receive “0’s” on all assignments.

Completing assignments in class:

On certain days, you will be asked to bring your portable device (smart phone, chromebook or ipad with internet access) to school so that you can complete an assignment during class time.  If you don’t have a portable device, you have two options:

You will have to complete the assignment on your own computer or on a school computer that same night for homework, OR you can sign into your account using a friend’s phone if they are willing to allow you to do that.  You must use class time wisely.  If you forget your phone that day, you will receive a “0”.

 

Completing assignments at home:

Some days, you will be asked to complete assignments at home for homework.  You will only be given one day to do those assignments.  If they are late, you will receive a 50% reduction in score.

 

You must always complete your assignments in ASSESSMENT mode in order to get a grade.