New to DSA Chorus Placement Assessment Information 2019-2020
Below are the guidelines for all students who would like to join the DSA Chorus and are not currently enrolled in a DSA chorus class. Students need to do a placement assessment for a DSA Chorus class for the 2019-2020 school year.
Please review the information carefully.
Placement Assessment Requirements (Detailed information on each category is below) 1. Vocalization 2. Sight-Reading 3. Solo Song 4. Written Music Theory Assessment/Interview
Vocalization Guidelines -Students will be led through a vocalization similar to a daily choral warm-up. This will include: -Vocal scales and arpeggios. Vowel assessment. Range assessment. Overall vocal tone assessment. Posture tutorial and assessment.
Sight-Reading Guidelines -Students will be asked to chant and sing note patterns that they have never seen before. -Rhythm Syllables: Student will be asked to chant a variety of note patterns, using numbers, rhythm syllables (TaKaDiMi), or by clapping. Solfege Syllables: Student will be asked to sing an eight measure note pattern; using solfeggio syllables (DO, RE, MI, FA, SO, LA, TI, DO). If student is able to use Kodaly hand signs while doing so, this is preferred.
Placement Assessment Solo Song Guidelines -Students must choose ONE of the songs below, Agnus Dei or Laudamus Te. -Students may NOT sing a song other than one of the audition songs -Students must download the sheet music for the song (below), print, and bring with them to their audition. -Students must learn the song on their own before the audition. -Students must be prepared to sing the song, memorized, at their scheduled DSA Chorus Placement Assessment. -Female students should learn the "Soprano" line. -Male students should learn the "Baritone" line.
Written Music Theory Assessment/Interview -The DSA choral director conducting the audition will ask the student a few questions about their history in choruses either at school or outside of school (church, community choruses, etc.). Further, the DSA choral director will ask the student why he or she is interested in DSA Chorus, and what they feel they can contribute to the DSA Chorus community as a whole. -The student will also be asked to take a brief music theory written assessment that builds around note names, musical terms, note names, etc.