In the Downing Choir, students will learn to use their voice as if they were learning an instrument. They will learn how to stand and breathe properly and how to produce a correct vocal tone. They will learn how to read music, and how to sing with each other as a team. Students will learn how to sing in different languages and the poetic meanings of their songs. Students will also learn about concert etiquette, and practice techniques.
"Choir is like a big family!"
"I've met some of my closest friends in choir!"
Music classes at Downing are a great way to meet new friends. Choir has lots of fun group activities that allow students to mingle with 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Many current Downing choir students have met their closest friends in the choir program. Students will learn to sing many different styles of music, including classical, holiday, popular, traditional and folk. Students will have many opportunities to perform individually and as a member of a large ensemble throughout the school year.
YES! Not only is participation in other Downing organizations possible, it is highly encouraged! However, it is important to remember that commitment to the music programs is necessary.
Many of the skills each student will learn in music classes (teamwork, group accountability, etc.) will be GREAT assets toward their participation in athletic programs, or any other organization.
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As a beginning choir student, very little time is required outside of school. Students have several concerts and a few rehearsals outside of school. Beyond that, other opportunities for students to participate in include solo and ensemble contests, as well as private lessons which ARE highly encouraged. In choir, there are no regular at home practice times, but most of the time you will want to practice our fun music!