Welcome to Choir & Music!
Phone: 832-736-6700, ext. 16729
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, Kodaly certification and All Level Music certification
I have been teaching music in the public schools for 16 years. I started teaching as an Elementary Music Specialist and in the past four years, have been teaching General Music and Choir at the middle school level. I started playing the piano at age 5 and continued lessons through college. I was a Vocal Arts major at Trinity University, St. Thomas University and University of Houston. I obtained my teaching certificate later in life after performing with the Houston Grand Opera for 15 years and teaching private voice and piano lessons. I still maintain my private home studio and have been singing with St. Pauls United Methodist Church for 11 years. My greatest joy is teaching Music to children and watching as they grow in their love and appreciation of the Arts!
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com. My phone number is 832-736-6700, ext. 16729. The best time to call is during my conference from 11:05 - 11:50.
8:35 - 9:20 a.m. - 6th Grade Choir
9:25 - 10:10 a.m. - 6th Grade Choir
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. - 6th Grade Choir
11:05 - 11:50 a.m. - Conference
11:50 - 12:20 p.m. - Lunch
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - 5th Grade General Music
1:20 - 2:05 p.m. - 5th Grade General Music
2:10 - 2:55 p.m. - 5th Grade GM
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. - 5th Grade GM
ALEXANDER MIDDLE SCHOOL
General Music and Choir
2019 - 2020
Welcome! I'm so excited to be teaching at Alexander and look forward to a year full of learning and fun with our students through the joy of music! Following is a bit of information that I hope you will find helpful.
Fifth grade students will attend General Music one to two days per week. Fifth grade students will be learning various music concepts, along with learning to read notation by way of singing games, written work/games/competitions, playing of instruments, and movement. They will learn about composers and music history through listening to music samples and hearing tales of the various composers lives. They will learn about the instruments of the orchestra and other world instruments. And, they will develop an appreciation of music and the arts.
Sixth grade choir students will attend Choir every day. In choir, 6th graders will continue learning music concepts and reading notation through daily participation in music sight reading games/competitions. They will be learning new repetoire that consists of different languages and poetry. They will develop teamwork as a performing group and learn to take pride in the time, effort and collaboration it takes to develop their singing/performing skills.
A welcome letter will be sent home with each student in 6th grade choir and 5th grade General Music class, which will include:
- Student/Parent Agreement (6th grade)
- Fee information (6th grade)
- T-shirt order form (6th grade)
- Grade information
- Required supplies
The choir's schedule will also be included in the chor packet, but is listed below as well, for your convenience.
September 2018 (TBD) Choir Ice Cream Social, after school (Get-to-know-you)
Date/Time (TBD) Possible Combined performance with JH East Choir
Sept. 2019 Ice Cream Social
November/Dec. 2018 Fund-Raiser Event
November 4, 2019 After-School Rehearsal for Veteran’s Day Concert, 4 – 5:15 p.m.
November 7, 2018 Veteran’s Day Concert – 6:30 p.m., Choir arrival time @ 6:15 p.m.
December 10, 2019 Choir performance for senior luncheon at the Rec Center - 11am - 12 pm
December 11, 2019 Winter/Holiday Concert Rehearsal, Alexander MS stage area, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
December 12, 2019 Winter/Holiday Concert, Alexander MS, 6:30 p.m., Choir arrival time @ 6:15 p.m.
January 2020 Choir attends PHS musical
Date/Time TBD Sing National Anthem at PHS All-Girls Varsity basketball game or Dynamo's Game
April 21, 2020 After-School Rehearsal for Spring Concert, 3:50 – 5:10 p.m.
April 22, 2020 Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m., Choir arrival time @ 6:15 p.m.
April 24, 2020 Choral Festival at Shadow Creek Ranch HS - 10 - noon
May 16, 2020 Main Event – Year-End Choir Fun-Day
Other possible performance opportunities will be communicated in advance as time goes on. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns/conflicts.
I hope that your students will enjoy their Music experience so much this year that they will want to continue that experience into future choir classes! We have a wonderful and strong program in our district for which we are very proud!
If you have any questions or would care to volunteer as a chaperone, carpooling assistnance, fund-raiser event, etc., please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to an amazing year with your children here at Alexander!
In case you are unable to access the handbook file, I'm including it below. The handbook will be sent home with each choir member. The formatting may be a little off, but the general information is there.
ELIGIBILITY: Due to PISD policy, students must maintain passing (70% or higher) grades in all classes in order to participate in ALL extracurricular activities sponsored or sanctioned by the District. Once a student loses eligibility, they must wait 7 calendar days after a 3-week evaluation period and/or grading period, whichever comes first, in which the student has made a grade of 70% or above in all classes. Students may also lose the privilege of participating in choir activities due to poor behavior. Behavior problems include, but are not limited to:
- Multiple N’s and U’s in conduct
- Office Referrals
- Suspension or Expulsion
Eligibility may be affected, even if you have paid for an event.
CHOIR FEE – Due Sept. 7, 2019: The general choir fee for middle school is $20, as approved by the school board. This will help pay for music, accompanists, buses, choral festival fee, parties, and other choir related expenses. Please pay via the school web store online. In the event that you are unable to pay through the school web store, cash and check will be accepted with the following procedures.
- All cash and checks must be handed directly to Ms. Adleman during the student’s class time or after school. Please do NOT leave cash or checks on Ms. Adleman’s desk or with a substitute teacher.
- Please make checks payable to Alexander Middle School and include your Texas Driver’s License number on the top, phone number and your student’s full name on the bottom.
- Cash must be handed over in an envelope with the student’s full name on it, as it appears in Skyward.
PERFORMANCE ATTIRE: The basic attire for the Alexander All-Star Choir will be blue jeans or dark slacks, tucked-in choir shirts and tennis shoes. We may occasionally accessorize as appropriate to the season or event.
CONCERT ETIQUETTE: When attending a concert or other performance, all members of the Alexander All-Star Choir are expected to model proper concert etiquette, listen attentively, and show appreciation with applause. Also, when performing, members will refrain from talking or any other disruptive behavior. Gum chewing is absolutely not allowed. Choir students are expected to represent his/her school with the utmost of respect and pride. Which leads to…
CODE OF HONOR: Choir members are expected to always maintain a high level of personal integrity, honesty, respectfulness and responsibility.
- Get music, sharpened pencils, and go directly to your assigned seat upon entering the classroom. Listen attentively/do not talk during morning announcements.
- Begin vocal warm-ups as soon as class begins, follow directions, and participate fully throughout the choir period.
- Take care of water, restroom, or other business before the bell. Students may bring a water bottle to class. No other drinks, food, gum or candy!
- Phones and all electronics are to be in backpacks or lockers (out of sight for the entire class period).
- Raise hand and wait to be called on for permission to speak.
- Keep hands, feet, objects to yourself and stay in your assigned area.
- Be considerate, respectful and polite to others at all times.
- Verbal Warning 1) Awards/Super Singer tickets
- Separation from group w/written work 2) Develop personal musicianship
- Conduct Mark/Parent contact 3) Become a part of an excellent team/choir family
- Office Referral 4) Take part in social events and activities
- Detention 5) Earn good grades, personal pride and integrity
Other possible performance opportunities will be communicated in advance as time goes on. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns/conflicts.
Choir relies on the group to perform and rehearse music. One person sitting out during a concert or rehearsal can change the entire blend of our group. For this reason, it is important that students do not regularly sit out. Students who are sick or injured will be allowed to sit out only with a note from a parent/guardian, doctor, or nurse. Students who sit out during rehearsal will complete the Rehearsal Observation Form/Alternate Assignment during class for their grade.
Honor Choir meets on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 to 8:30 am (depending on other club schedules, this day may change) and is an auditioned choir. Honor Choir sings in all four concerts, carols in December, sings at sporting events, and has a party at the end of the year. All choir students with passing grades and excellent behavior are eligible to audition for Honor Choir. Honor Choir is an extracurricular club and not a graded class.
By district policy, students who participate in school-sponsored trips shall be required to ride in transportation provided by the district. With prior written school district release (alternate student travel form which requires a principal’s signature), parents may drive students to and from extracurricular events.
Rehearsal/Concert Participation & Alternate Assignment
Students will be notified of performance and rehearsal times and are expected to attend in order to be eligible to perform. It is the director’s responsibility to provide these dates in advance and it is the students’ and parents’ responsibility to check their personal calendar for conflicts and communicate appropriately and in a timely manner. Failure to fulfill these requirements may result in a lowered grade. Information on each activity will be given to the students at specific times throughout the year. In addition, there will be after-school rehearsals as we approach concerts and the Spring Choral Festival. Students who are unable to attend choir concerts or other events due to discipline issues, grade issues, illness or family emergency (with a written excuse from parent and doctor) will receive an alternate assignment to make up their choir rehearsal and/or performance grade. If a student has a conflict, does not let Ms. Adleman know, and misses the event, it will result in an unexcused major grade.
If there is a conflict with a rehearsal and/or concert, notify Ms. Adleman immediately. The following 3 types of absences will be considered excused: personal illness (doctor or parent note required), family emergency, or major family events (weddings, funerals, reunions). Major family events require prior notice (for anything other than funerals, at least 2 weeks). Work or transportation issues are NOT accepted. Please contact Ms. Adleman if you have difficulty bringing or picking up your student from choir events. She will connect you with a carpool volunteer.
***Non-School activities (dance class, piano lesson, birthday parties, vacations, etc.) are not a valid excuse for missing a major performance or a dress rehearsal. This includes leaving early.
Required Supplies (See separate page)
Participation is incredibly important in choir and students will receive a weekly participation grade as a result. Students who do not participate by singing and answering questions will not receive full participation credit.
Students will receive a participation grade for returning required forms on time. It is important that signed permission forms are returned in a timely manner. Students who do not turn in a required form will receive a 0. Forms turned in late will receive a 70.
Various checks will be conducted to make sure all students have their music, writing utensils, and concert necessities. Students with incorrect supplies or missing supplies will have one class day to make-up the grade by bringing in supplies to show the choir director.
Concerts, quizzes, and other written assignments will be counted as major grades.
Students may earn extra credit by attending and turning in programs from any Pearland ISD concerts or musicals other than their own.
Parents are a vital part of the choir’s successful year. If you are willing to assist as a chaperone or parent helper at any events during the year, or would care to assist in our fund-raising efforts, please indicate below, on the commitment form, and/or contact Ms. Adleman @ email@example.com. To insure your child’s safety, all parent volunteers must register at the following website: https://www.pearlandisd.org/Page/261
ALEXANDER ALL-STAR CHOIR CONTRACT:
DUE along with choir fee on September 7, 2018
I have read the handbook and calendar for being a member of the Alexander All-Star Choir as outlined by my director. I understand what is expected of me as a member of the Choir and agree to maintain the high standards of musical excellence. I understand that failure to follow these guidelines will affect my grade and could result in disciplinary actions. I understand that all concerts are required/graded events.
Student Signature Date
Parent Signature Date
The district often needs to use student information for school-sponsored purposes. Some of these include yearbook, award announcements, and publication of event photos in local newspapers. For these specific school sponsored purposes the district would like to use your child’s name, address, photograph, date of birth, major field of study, degrees, honors, awards, dates of attendance, grade level, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of members of athletic teams. This information will not be released to the public without the consent of the parent or eligible student. [See FL (LOCAL).]
I.E.: Would you like your student’s name printed in the concert programs?
- I DO give the district permission to use the information listed above for school-sponsored purposes.
- I DO NOT give the district permission to use the information listed above for school-sponsored purposes.
ALEXANDER ALL-STAR CHOIR INFORMATION SHEET
2018 – 2019
Please fill out and return with other forms by Sept. 7, or earlier, if possible. Thank you. Ms. J J
Name: _______________________________ Nick-name: ________________________________
Birthday / Age: _________________ ______ years old
Home Room Teacher: _______________________ Room Number: ______________
Choir Period: ___1___2___3
Experience in previous choirs, singing groups or solo examples: ________________________________
Personal interests outside of Choir: _______________________________________________________
Music talent(s) other than singing: _______________________________________________________
Dates of activities from home (can include calendars): ________________________________________
Parent(s) Name: _______________________________________________________________________
Parent Address: _______________________________________________________________________
Parent(s) Phone numbers: _______________________________________________________________
Parent(s) Driver’s License: _______________________________________________________________
Parent’s(s)’ ability to volunteer (Fund-Raisers, Trips, Concerts, etc.) ____Yes ____No
Special facts about my child that will help me with instruction. If you wish to send this as an e-mail, please feel free to do so (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHAT DO YOUNG PEOPLE LEARN WHILE SINGING IN A CHOIR?
When they become aware that their voice is heard above the others and they begin to blend their voices, they learn teamwork.
When they follow their music director’s hands through a series of meter and dynamic changes, they learn accuracy.
When they begin to appreciate, or “grow into” a piece of music, they learn patience.
When they refrain from talking and interrupting in rehearsal, they learn respect.
When they listen and concentrate during rehearsal, they learn self-discipline.
When they sing for a community event, they learn community involvement.
When they choose a rehearsal or performance over a special event, they learn commitment.
When they bound out of their singing positions to give a “high five” because they finally sang their most difficult piece straight through for the first time, they learn perseverance.
When they perform their first solo in front of an audience, they learn risk-tasking and self-confidence.
When they perform that difficult piece successfully in concert, they learn genuine pride and self-esteem.
Research shows time and again that students have only to gain from involvement in the arts.
A well-organized sustained education in music gives your child intellectual and creative skills that last a lifetime.