Music notes

High School Chorus (Grades 9-12)

This course is open to boys and girls who enjoy singing. The chorus will study and sing a variety of music from past to present. Attendance at concerts, rehearsals, and musical activities that meet after hours is required. In addition, all Chorus students must attend one weekly after-school rehearsal. Standard – 4 Credits – 4 Periods per Cycle – Full Year

Concert attire for the MHS Chorus will be as follows:

Women – long black skirts and white blouses

Men – standard dark trousers/pants, white shirts, tie, black shoes and socks

No jeans.

Benefits to the Student

Membership in the Choral program provides an opportunity for personal growth and development, performance opportunities, friendship and team spirit, educational opportunities, personal achievement, self-expression, stress relief, and so much more.

The chorus promotes:

  • Teamwork- The ensemble coordinates individual abilities into one central effort. The ensemble gives the child the feeling of group loyalty and motivation.
  • Discipline- the ensemble teaches responsibility. Emphasis is placed on following instructions and teaches the child respect for music and the group effort.
  • Concentration- Attention to detail is vital in all education-related projects. Concentration built in a musical ensemble often carries over to other areas, improving study habits and increasing intellectual understanding and curiosity.
  • Appreciation- Choral participation encourages respect and appreciation for aesthetic values and the beauty of the music created.
  • Leadership
  • Poise
  • Personal achievement

We are always looking for students who love to sing! Membership is open to all. Come sit in with us on Thursday after school – sing along and maybe you will become our next new member! We welcome all voices: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass. All are welcome.

All singing is taught in a supportive, creative and playful environment. The approach to vocal training and the art of singing is based on physical and cognitive awareness as well as a strong foundation of musical and vocal technique. The goal is to guide you toward achieving your goals, to find joy and creative expression and to integrate healthy singing techniques that free your true singing voice.

  • Develop tone, pitch, breath control, intonation, emphasis, volume, posture, relaxation and general voice quality.
  • Gain awareness of the physical tensions and habits that are hindering your style and develop your physical, emotional and technical capacity to sing freely.
  • Enhance your enjoyment and confidence of singing and unleash your spirit!

Elementary Choral/Vocal

Treble Makers Chorus

Hello Parents and Guardians:

I am excited to announce the start of Treblemakers again this year. The Treblemakers Chorus is a chorus for grades 2-5 and is open to students from all of the Medford elementary schools. The chorus will not hold auditions this year and will be open to all students in grades 2-5 who would like to join.

What We Do:

– Learn singing/ choral techniques such as breath support, posture, diction etc.

– Learn performance skills. We perform twice a year.

– Learn a variety of repertoire- folk music, Broadway tunes, multicultural works, and more

– Have fun!

Where and When:

Chorus will be held on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 at the McGlynn Elementary School auditorium. The first rehearsal will be October 6th.

Arrival and Dismissal:

There will not be a bus provided to bring students to the McGlynn afterschool. Carpooling may be a possibility.

Students must bring the student information form to the first rehearsal completed legibly. If your son/daughter does not have a completed form, he/she cannot attend the first rehearsal. The student information form can be downloaded here.


Attendance is taken seriously in Treblemakers. Since rehearsals take place only once per week, an absence causes a significant loss of music learning. Thus, students are allowed a maximum of three excused absences. Excused absences include a doctor’s note. If more than 3 excused absences occur, a follow-up will take place.


The chorus rehearsals will be held through January 26th, 2015, culminating with a winter concert on January 27th at Medford High School and a Medford Arts Showcase performance at the Meadow Glen Mall in March. More information will be provided at the first rehearsal.


Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns throughout the year:

Thank you,

Chrissy Froomer
Elementary Music Teacher
McGlynn, Brooks, and Columbus Elementary Schools

For more information please visit the Treble Makers webpage.

Elementary Music

The program consists of a variety of concepts including: Singing, Instrument Playing, Improvisation/Movment, Reading and Notating Analysis, History and Culture.

Course Description: Students participate in a forty-five minute general music class every third week. Students perform, create, read, respond to music, and make music connections. Dalcroze methods are incorporated into each class. The Dalcroze Eurhythmics offers a unique approach to improving musical performance. It is an effective and established creative approach to musical training. It develops awareness and skill in co-ordination, musicianship, solo and ensemble performance for musicians, dancers and others. Experiencing Eurhythmics brings the benefits of concentration, artistry, ensemble skills, memory co-ordination, body awareness and creativity and is of particular value to instrumentalists, vocalists, professional performers, general music educators, coaches, teachers, pupils and therapists.

Resources: Songs and Activities

There is a growing collection of resources available for young children. Here are a few suggestions as a place to begin.

Videos by Music Rhapsody: Babies Make Music, Kids Make Music, and Kids Make Music, Too!

The Wee Sing series on cassettes are very good and available through most book stores.

Collections of traditional children’s songs by John Feierabend:

  • The Book of Bounces
  • The Book of Wiggles and Tickles
  • The Book of Tapping and Clapping
  • The Book of Simple Songs and Circles
  • The Book of Lullabies
  • ‘Round and ‘Round the Garden: Music in My First Year! (CD or Cassette also available)
  • ‘Ride Away on Your Horses: Music, Now I’m One! (CD or Cassette also available)
  • Frog in the Meadow: Music, Now I’m Two! (CD or Cassette also available)
  • Baby Massage by Peter Walker
  • Exercise Program for Young Children, 4 weeks – 4 years by Suzy Prudden

Resources: Picture Books to Sing With Children

  • Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby by Pete Seeger, Michael Hays (Illustrator)
  • America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates, Neil Waldman (Illustrator)
  • The Cat Came Back by Bill Slavin
  • Hush, Little Baby by Shari Halpern (Illustrator)
  • I Know an Old Lady by G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
  • Inch by Inch: The Garden Song by David Mallett, Ora Eitan (Illustrator)
  • It’s Raining, It’s Pouring by Kin Eagle, Rob Gilbert (Illustrator)
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani
  • Mary Wore Her Red Dress, and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers by Merle Peek
  • My Favorite Things by Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers, James Warhola (Illustrator)
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Holly Berry (Illustrator)

Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme by Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator)

  • Roll Over! A Counting Song by Merle Peek (Illustrator)
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Joanne Oppenheim, Kevin O’Malley (Illustrator)
  • She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain by Kathleen Bullock
  • The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier (Illustrator)
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
  • What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss, Bob Thiele, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)