• Advanced Choir (Grades 7 & 8)

    Week Of May 3rd-10th Overview:
    This week's lesson will focus on getting logged intoSmart Music completing the assignments within as well as completing a Sound Creation assignment in Quaver Music. Once you log in to Smart Music, you will have 1 rhythm exercise, 1 scale/warm up (Review the key signature!), and 1 Sight Reading Exercise. There is NO HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT IN CANVAS THIS WEEK! The Quaver lesson is short and contains an assessment on the final slide. You need to complete and submit it in order to receive your grade for the week.
    You are responsible for any assignments due this upcoming Sunday May 10th. Any assignments due before May 10th are from previous weeks.
    Email me or message me on Canvas if you have any issues!

    7th/8th Grade Advanced Choir

    1. Canvas - This platform is already set up for your use
      1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: http://start.dvusd.org/  or http://homepage.dvusd.net/ 
      2. Type in your UserName and Password
      3. Locate your Choir Class (Chorus I or Chorus II)
      4. Complete your Canvas Assignments; these are all Review of the songs we've been working on
    2. Smart Music- In order to use the software, you need to create a SmartMusic account and join the class using this code: 7T2FG-6KQUD
      1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
      2. When prompted for a class code, please enter: 7T2FG-6KQUD
      3. Complete your SmartMusic Assignment, which is a Review of a scale test you've already completed this year
      4. WATCH THIS SMART MUSIC TUTORIAL Smart Music Tutorial
    3. Our current music curriculum of "Quaver Music" is going to continue on-line through the end of the school year. The first couple of weeks all lesson materials are fun review.
      1. Learn How To Log-In to Quaver Music
      2. Learn How To Navigate In Quaver
      3. Complete the Assigned Review Lessons
      It is my hope that the children will go through lessons/slides with a family member and help teach/explain what has been taught throughout the year. The best way to demonstrate learning is the to teach a concept(s)."Quaver Music" is a similar platform to how parents/students use "Raz Kids" and "Dream Box". Each child will be given a login name, password, and class code to use. Please follow the steps below to access Quaver Music. PLEASE SEE K-6 GENERAL MUSIC WEB PAGE FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS.

      Use the attached Spreadsheet to find your child's grade, name(sorted by last name), quavername, and classcode before logging in.

      Quaver Log In Info

    4. Zoom Meetings Code: (these will change for each meeting)
      • Meeting ID: 176-064-922
      • Password:139727


    Where do I find my class information for the week?

    • All classes have a page dedicated to their grade level and class on my web page. You should go there at the beginning of each week (Monday morning) to check what your expectations are.
    • I will also post weekly announcements here on Canvas that echo what will be posted on my Web Page.

    Web Pages to use

    Where do I find my assignments for the week?

    • All Band and Choir classes will be using Smart Music for our weekly assignments. Assignments become available at 8 A.M. on Monday of every week and are available for the duration of the week until Sunday evening 11:59 P.M.
    • All General Music and Choir classes will be using Quaver Music for our weekly assignments (choir a very small amount). Assignments become available at 8 A.M. on Monday of every week and are available for the duration of the week until Sunday evening 11:59 P.M. Please use your log in information provided via email during the week of 03/30-04/03 to access your account. You can also find the list attached at the bottom of this thread. Your password is your Student ID number.

    How do I submit assignments?

    • In Smart Music, you select the assignment that is due and you can record yourself using the red circle (record) button in the center located at the top of the page. I will go over the details of how to use Smart Music and Quaver Music in a Smart Music Tutorial
    • In Quaver Music, the assignments are available from the brown "Student" tab at the bottom of the screen. Click on assignments to go through your assignments. Any tests or assessments will be graded directly on Quaver for completion.

    How do I use Quaver Music and Smart Music/When can I contact you if I have questions?

    • Please visit me during my office hours on Zoom. Access code will be posted here on Canvas and on my Web Page each morning.

    Band and Choir Office Hours: 9 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.

    General Music Office Hours: 2 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

    • I Will also post a video tutorial here and on my web page detailing how to use each of our learning platforms.

    What else do I need to know about Smart Music?

    • This web page contains a large collection of band music and our method books.
    • In your assignments, there is weekly rhythm reading, sight reading, exercises and a specific repertoire (music) assignment for you to complete. Read the details of each for more information.
    • You need to complete the new exercise assignments only 1 time per week.. HOWEVER you should be using the warm-ups every time you play each week. If you'd like to use our regular band warm ups, you can find those on Canvas under the "files" tab.
    • Percussion, you should play along with 5-minute drill  weekly  using  this  link!  Learn  1 Exercise  at  a time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__sxV6dTdOU (Links to an external site.)
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    • Percussion should use a pad and sticks or mallets for anything they can. For our music repertoire, you can use either depending on what skill you want to develop more. Play whatever part you were assigned during 3rd quarter. If no part was assigned to you, pick a part.
    • Grading will be modified if the auto-grading feature picks up audio from the metronome or the playback from the song. Message or email me using any of our communication tools if you have trouble with the grading.

    What else do I need to know about Quaver Music?

    • Once you're in an assignment, read through and interact with each slide. The assignment details explain what to do in each slide so read through them!
    • If you aren't sure of what to do, have a parent go through the assignment details with you.
    • K-2 PARENTS! Please read through each weekly assignment with your students after opening it! I detailed your instructions the best that I could. If you ever get stuck, the bottom left tab of the assignment is labeled "instructions" and explains each slide as well.
    • There are a number of sing along songs available to you that are not required. They're just there for fun! Any assignment made available till the end of the year (05/21) is not required.


    Everything you need to know about the Desert Mountain Advanced Choir Program, grading and attendance policies, required books and materials are contained in the Choir Handbook document below. You will receive a copy of this document on your first day of school. The Contract page needs to be signed and returned, (please be sure to provide your email and phone contact information). The Handbook also contains a Band Polo Shirt order form. Use the links below to download digital copies or to print additional copies if needed. 
    At the Advanced Level - Grades 7 and 8, developing basic musicianship skills continues to be a priority. Students will begin to use more articulations, perform scales and music in more difficult key signatures, demonstrate vibrato, and perform music at a more advanced level of difficulty (ABODA Solo & Ensemble repertoire, Grades 2 - 3). Ensemble skills will become more developed as students participate in full choir settings. Students will describe concepts common to music and other disciplines, and will be involved in discussing various cultures, styles, composers, and historical periods. Choir Class for 7th & 8th Graders meets daily (see Choir Schedule below). 
    Choir Handbook:
    Choir Schedule:

    Practice Files:


    Available on Canvas under "Files" and also available in SmartMusic


    7th Grade Choir Standards and Outcomes
    Home Practice Guide:
    Tax Credit Form: