Date: August 6, 2014
I have been teaching choir for several years now, and I have never been happy with the way I have graded my students. Can any of you give me some ideas on ways that I can put some objective grades in my book? What kinds of things do you test your students on? Participation? Behavior? Singing ability? Do any of you give singing tests? How do you administer them? Are they given to individuals or groups? How do you grade them? Do you give your classes any type of written work? Any projects?
Also, I only see my MS choir for 25 minutes each day. This limits me on what I can accomplish in a rehearsal. If I do 5 minutes of warm-up with them and then 5 minutes of solfege with them, I am down to 15 minutes (if even that) to work music. I've tried to get it changed to no avail. If any of you have ideas on how I can work my 15 minutes most effectively, I would really appreciate hearing them. I generally divide the MS choir into two sections -- SA and TB. That makes it easier than if I had to work all three or four parts in one class. The choirs have a website, and I have put the parts on the website for them to rehearse with, but I don't think very many of the students take advantage of it. The MS students all have iPads, so they do have access to the website. How can I (or Can I) require that they rehearse the parts and come prepared to class?
I know that there are a lot of questions here, but I would really like to hear some of your ideas and practices. I truly appreciate any help that you can give me.