How to grade in choir
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I hate grades. That said, I need some ideas for efficient grading techniques in my 18-week choir exploratory. What kinds of activities do you grade, and how?
I grade on participation and preparedness. I grade the second one by walking around during rehearsal and listening to the kids. I should hear a difference in week to week if they practiced as asked. Ideally I write down a participation grade in my book at the end of the day (1-5 scale, 5 best).
I grade on participation (20 points) this includes, no talking, on task, on time and evaluation (10 points), my observation of attitude and involvement in the class. I don’t grade them on talent but on whether they work. They are given points everyday by computer and their parents can check it at home. I give them 100 to 125 points for their concerts depending on the length. I put the score in the day after the concert so parents of missing students can immediately see the effect of missing the concert. I give exams and concert report assignments that add up to 50 points. I actually enjoy grading now that I have a computer grading system. At the end of the quarter the grades are all done and the computer has done the totaling and grading as long as I have put the information in correctly.
Additional rubrics/measures could include the following:
*Memorization of lyrics: Give them a date by which a piece/section of the piece has to be memorized; have them write out the lyrics.
*Mastery of the music: Have quartets or octets sing the particular piece/section you’ve assigned to be learned by that day. You could designate groups from the get-go (based on proximity) and move quickly from one to the other. “Group three, sing the third verse….” IF you designated preassigned groups, you could also sing an entire song, with various groups “taking over” when you point at them.
The above are especially helpful if the students need more accountability–or if you want to help them take the class more seriously.
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