CHOIR PROGRAM

The Concert Gospel choir performs a broad repertoire of spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel music, and formally composed works that reflect the joy, sorrow, reflection and celebration of the rich and varied traditions of African American choral music. Rehearsals are after school one day a week and one morning a week as needed. The choir rehearses as a combined group and separates into smaller ensembles based on experience. Each group performs on a regular basis at events throughout San Diego and Southern California.

VOCAL COACHING CLASS

vocal coach

Private or group instruction is offered with one one-hour lesson per week for sixteen weeks.

Private or group instruction is offered with one one-hour lesson per week for sixteen weeks. The course is intended for beginning to intermediate students, and helps high school students or students desiring to improve their performance skills for reasons of personal enrichment. Students are expected to practice a minimum of six hours per week, perform on a minimum of one student recital each semester, and take a mid-term test.

CONDUCTING CLASSES

Elements of Conducting is a hands on class designed to develop the basic techniques for conducting choirs and vocal ensembles during choir rehearsal. This class will provide the opportunity for students to acquire a basic baton technique, understanding of rehearsal techniques, introduction to score reading, and practical knowledge through working with the various chorale music rehearsals.

PERCUSSION CLASSES

This course will provide a basic background in percussion techniques for beginning to intermediate students. Students must provide their own sticks, mallets, pitch pipe, and appropriate carrying bag as recommended by the instructor.

PIANO CLASSES

piano lessons

Students desiring to improve their performance skills for reasons of personal enrichment or begin a career in music will benefit from this class. Group classes are organized by matching students of similar abilities and experience. A minimum of six hours of practice per week is expected. Students will study of the rudiments of music including notation, scales, intervals, chords, terminology, sight reading, dictation and ear training.

ORCHESTRAL STRING CLASSES

violin classes

This class introduces the student to the proper techniques and skills necessary to play the violin, viola, or cello. This class, as required, also introduces the student to music theory skills. There is no schedule/agenda to this class, as the student progresses at their own rate.

GUITAR CLASSES

guitar lessons

This course will provide a basic background in guitar techniques for beginning to intermediate students. Lessons are taught in both English and Spanish. Students must provide their own instrument and appropriate carrying bag or case.

DANCE CLASSES

Dance Programs include Children’s Dance, Ballet, and Modern Dance, Theatrical Dance (Jazz, Tap,) as well as dance exercise classes.

WIND INSTRUMENT CLASSES

jazz band

Clarinet: This class introduces the student to the proper techniques and skills necessary to play the clarinet or bass clarinet. This class, as required, also introduces the student to music theory skills. There is no schedule/agenda to this class, as the student progresses at their own rate.

Saxophone: This class introduces the student to proper techniques and skills necessary to play the alto, tenor, or baritone saxophone. This class, as required, also introduces the student to music theory skills. There is no schedule/agenda to this class, as the student progresses at their own rate.

OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW CASE TALENTS

performances

After School Music Recitals:

The individual teachers are encouraged to plan at least one recital or performance opportunity per semester.

Parents and families of students are invited to come enjoy the recitals and see the progress their children are making.


Choir Anniversary concerts:

performance 2005

The Choir will prepare at least 8 songs to reflect on their Heritage of service to the San Diego community.

This concert gives students an opportunity to pay tribute to program volunteers, and supporters as well as introduce other community youth and children’s groups to SDYAMA's programs.

The Choir Anniversary concerts showcase SDYAMA’s positive influence in the community.