Palms Middle School

Choral Music

Chorus is the vocal music program at Palms.  Three classes are offered:

Choral Music Classes
Da Capo Choir Beginning Chorus 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for students who are new to chorus at Palms Middle School
Con Brio Chorus Beginning Chorus 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for students who are new to chorus at Palms Middle School
Vivoce Singers Advanced Chorus 7th and 8th grade for students who have taken Beginning Chorus at Palms Middle School

 

Students in Beginning Chorus sing 2-part arrangements, for sopranos and altos. Advanced Chorus adds tenor and bass sections.

There are no auditions for either class; everyone is welcome to participate.

The Palms choruses and soloists from the classes perform at assemblies for students and at events for parents. See the Concerts page.

Field Trips

Mar Vista Community Fall Festival

Advanced Chorus has a tradition of performing at the Mar Vista Community Fall Festival in October. (The choir will not be performing this year, however.)

The Festival is held at Mar Vista Park (on Palms Blvd. west of Sawtelle Blvd.)

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Westside Pavilion

Each year in December, the Palms Choruses perform a concert at Westside Pavilion Shopping Mall. Palms instrumental music groups perform as well, at a separate time.

The annual tradition gives our students a chance to perform in public, and many parents and family members attend.

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LAUSD Choral Festival

LAUSD provides annual Instructional Choral Festivals during April and May.

Choral ensembles from participating secondary schools perform for each other and are critiqued by choral experts. Each ensemble is also give the opportunity to work with one of the judges in a clinic session.

Palms Middle School has been proudly hosting LAUSD Choral Festivals for a number of years.

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Elementary Schools

Students in Beginning Chorus classes usually take walking field trips to Clover Elementary School and Palms Elementary School to perform for 5th graders. The Advanced Chorus usually takes a bus trip to Castle Heights Elementary School and Overland Elementary School (on a single day). These events sometimes coincide with the Palms Roadshow.

In addition to singing, some Palms students give testimonies, sharing what they've learned and why they like Chorus.

These excursions give Palms choral music students a chance to perform for a younger audience. They also let 5th grade students learn about Palms and its choruses. Some of these students choose Palms and its Choral Music elective as they enter 6th grade the next year.

The songs performed at elementary schools depend on the schedule, but usually include music from the Pops Concert and Winter Concert and sometimes from the Spring Concert. Advanced Chorus performances may include singers from the Vocal Solo and Ensemble Concert.

See the Concerts page for the schedule of Chorus concerts.

Faculty

Choral Music Overview

musical notesChorus is a year-long performance class that teaches the basics of good choral singing and basic musicianship. Students learn and perform a varied repertoire throughout the year that includes songs in different styles and languages, representing different historical periods. In addition to the enjoyment of making music together, they learn how to sing with proper vocal technique and how to read music.

Chorus teaches students the importance and necessity of unity and teamwork. Together they  experience the satisfaction of achieving improvement/excellence over time through hard work and discipline. Chorus students become sharper listeners, better audience members, and develop an increased appreciation for music.

Each class begins with vocal warm-up exercises, followed by practice on specific choral pieces. Students learn to read music and the mechanics of proper voice control, including how body position and posture can improve their singing ability. They sing to piano accompaniment.

Music selections are rotated so that multi-year choral students sing new music each year they are at Palms. An emphasis on multicultural music, especially in spring semester, leads to a variety of styles, from folk songs to traditional spirituals and more. While students sing, they not only read music, keep in harmony, use proper tempo and dynamics, but they sing in many languages.

What Do Students Think of Chorus?

Most choirs just teach you how to sing certain songs. The Palms choir teaches you how to sing, read music, exercise your voice, and other ways to improve your singing. -- Lia G.

I enjoyed my growth in confidence and making new friends. When you join a choir, we all start off as strangers, but at the end we are like a big family! It's all about teamwork! -- Geolina I.

Singing + Mrs. Chi = Tons of fun! -- Mackenzie S.