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MUSIC 2GC3A Ensemble:Choir

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Glenda Reynolds


Office: Togo Salmon Hall B121

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: 4:30-5:30 Tuesday

Course Objectives:



Student will be instructed in the foundational aspects of vocal-choral performance through specific instruction in vocal technique, choral listening, tuning, balance, musicality and style. In rehearsal, students will be encouraged in the development of those skills appropriate to their ensemble, and are expected to show continuous progress in their development. Final demonstration of skills will occur through performances and individual testing.



Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


Choir Membership Fee: $40

This fee helps to offset costs for choir socials, venue rentals and music.


Required Rehearsal Materials
Pencil (evidence of score marking in rehearsal is part of your final grade)

Scores (at every rehearsal)

At the End of Every Rehearsal…

Please do not leave the room until all chairs are put back in position.

As well, please be gentle with the choir chairs.  


No food is permitted during rehearsal.  Please eat before you arrive or during the break.


Cell phones and other electronic devices are also absolutely prohibited during rehearsal.

Method of Assessment:


1) Testing - 40%

Students will be tested through out the term during rehearsals but not during November 30-December 7 2017 and April 3-10 2018. Testing will take place in small groups, and will involve excerpts from the repertoire studied during the term. The composition of test groups will be determined by the instructor, and will depend on the repertoire performed and the distribution of students registered for the course. Students will be expected to perform the test material without mistakes, to reflect the musical instruction provided during rehearsals, and to demonstrate fluency in all of the ensemble skills: listening; tuning; balance; blend; musicality; style; diction & pronunciation.


2) Participation - 30%


Each student's willingness to accept direction, and his/her efforts to incorporate the instructor's suggestions into his/her performance at each rehearsal and concert will be appraised. Because of the co-operative and experiential nature of these courses, irregular attendance by any student is seriously detrimental to the progress of his/her ensemble. If a student must miss a rehearsal, s/he is expected to inform the instructor (or his/her representative) before the expected absence. Attendance may not be given a grade percentage but participation is.  Therefore, attendance may be included as a component of the participation grade. Frequent absences, either excused or in excused, will directly affect a student's skill development, and will be reflected in his/her grade for this component.



3) Preparation/Progress - 30%

At each rehearsal, specific assignments for individual practice will be given. Appraisal of each student's success in this area will be based on his/her ability to easily perform his/her individual parts, and to adapt to the give-and-take of ensemble rehearsing.

Students are expected to learn the assigned music quickly, and to demonstrate continuous progress in all the skills that are appropriate to their ensemble (listening, tuning, balance, blend, musicality, style, rhythmic, dynamic and phrasal flexibility.)


Marks will be deducted for:
                        -Lack of full involvement during rehearsals.
                        -Failure to bring music to every rehearsal.

            -Tardiness and absences.

            -Lack of musical preparation.
Students will receive a midterm grade for this course by November 10, 2017 and March 16, 2018


All dress rehearsals are mandatory

Failure to miss a dress will result in not singing the concert and a non-passing grade in the course.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

A wide range of music will be learned throughout the year, and it is important for all singers to carry their own weight within the group. This includes taking some time outside of rehearsals to be sure that you know your music well.  Like any varsity sports team, 100% attendance is expected for this team.  Be there for our team. Contact Dr. Crawford in advance of any absence from choir. Failure to make contact before rehearsal will result in an automatic “unexcused absence.”


Choir Attendance Policy

  • No more than ONE absence per term. Students taking choir for credit will receive a reduction of 10% for any missed rehearsal extending beyond one. Those not taking choir for credit will be asked to re-audition for the choir.
  • Failure to return to choir post-break will be marked as an absence;
  • Tardiness for rehearsal will result in a loss of 2% per rehearsal.


Voice Rest Policy
 If your throat is sore or if your voice is overly fatigued, you will not be expected to sing during rehearsals. You will, however, be expected to attend rehearsal, listen, and mark your scores.

Please speak with Dr. Crawford at the beginning of rehearsal if you are on voice rest.




Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Other Course Information:



Saturday December 2, 2017  7:30 PM   Concert  Hall
6:00 pm call
Dress Rehearsal Friday December 1 6:00 PM Concert Hall

Saturday April 7, 2018  7:30 PM Concert Hall
Dress Rehearsal Friday April 6, 2018 6:00 PM Concert Hall
Long black pants or a skirt (no minis), black stockings, black long sleeved shirt (at least ¾) or blouse, black shoes.