TECH UPDATE: We are using more online tools to reinforce basics of music notation and terminology in grades 6-12. Middle School students are working with Chromebooks, and High School students can find resources here to cover similar material. High School students can practice independently on our recommended sites on any platform, including Android and iPhone.
GETTING STARTED IN MusicTheory.net: All Choir Students Grades 6-12 will work on lessons and practice exercises in MusicTheory.net this year. Students will be quizzed from time to time in graded progress checks. You can run this free program on any platform, including Android and iPhone.
Music Theory is the study of the structure, the nuts and bolts of music. The following links are easy-to-understand, well-designed and can be accessed on all platforms:
- MusicTheory.net – Requires internet connection; users may need Flash enabled or updated.
iPhone access to lessons and practice exercises
Android phone access to lessons and practice exercises
- MusicTheoryMinute.com: Excellent, easy-to-understand one minute videos
- Noteflight.com: Free entry-level notation software
Music History informs performance of music, and deepens understanding of cross-cultural connections between music and other disciplines.
- “Sound Reasoning” is a college level class from Rice University. All text and musical examples are available online. Comprehensive and appropriate for students with interest in music and the humanities. Access Online Recordings & Materials for ADV CHORUS on OpenStax CNX
SALEM CHOIR ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – Deadline for Applications: March 15. Scholarship Requirements and Application Form
POPULAR MUSIC, STANDARDS… Required Reading For Soloists:
“Preparing Popular Music, Standards & Show Tunes” – WSP
ABOUT SINGING… three excellent articles by composer/arranger Kirby Shaw:
There’s room for all types of students in our program. Most begin as members of the Choirs at Salem Middle School and go from there. Many remain with the program 5, 6, or even 7 years.
Membership in the High School Choir is secured by audition and/or satisfactory completion of the Middle School program. We welcome qualified students from other schools, including home-schooled students. Every year, there are at least a few first-time singers in the group.