Mrs. Waller's BHS Vocal Ens. Class

Assignments week of April 6-10, 2020

Warm-ups... We're surviving and thriving and moving along...

You have to keep your instruments (your voices) working and strong throughout this time at home. You should be practicing your vocal warm-ups EVERY DAY. It's important that you not let your vocal technique get lax.

You're going to continue with your octave jumps. You'll start as low as you can go vocally, slide up to the octave above and back down on "Ah." Go up by half steps and continue your octave jumps until you can't go any higher.

Remember, if you're sick, wait 2-3 days before attempting these jumps and try to lightly complete them daily. Stay hydrated for your vocal cords. They need this.

The following warm-up below is FANTASTIC! I want you to complete this at least 3 times a week. Get in a quiet spot and go for it!

Choral Warm up #1: Full Vocal Warm up

Things to Think About For Next School Year

Many of you have already filled out your course sheets for Mrs. Lowrey for the 2020-2021 school year. There are a couple of things I want you to seriously think about when enrolling yourself in Choir as your elective next year.

1. We always welcome new voices, new talent, new people of any skill level. Remember that you have to have a Fine Arts class in high school. We need new voices always. If you know someone who would be a good fit or who enjoys singing, please encourage them to sign up.

2. Choir isn't always easy, it isn't always pretty, but you're learning. There will be lots of times that you'll have to perform in ways that you haven't before, in languages you don't know, in areas you've never seen, in situations that are last-minute. I'm going to ask strange warm-up exercises that will stretch your vocal capabilities and will seem odd. These are to help you. Trust is key. You have to trust me as your conductor and your teacher at all times. If this is something that is challenging for you, you need to speak with me privately about Choir. Sometimes students love to sing, but performing with a group is too stressful or scary. It's not for the faint of heart. However, with patience and respect come rewards. You'll be able to see growth if you stick with it, and opportunities will open up.

3. To be in VOCAL ENSEMBLE next year, you need my permission. If I did not see growth, dedication, and focus this year, then there's a good chance that you will not be approved for Vocal Ensemble for next year. You must be willing to put in the time, the work, the memorization, and show respect to the group, your school, your instructor, and yourself. If this has been an issue in the past, again, you need to speak with me. Feel free to call my Google Voice number and we'll discuss where your best fit will be for next year. If you know you came to class prepared, ready to give it your all every day, ready to accept the challenges and learn, then you're fine. Vocal Ensemble is an elite group, a privilege. It is not a right. Not everyone will get in just because they sign up for it.

How to get in contact with me...

ou can always send me a Remind if you need me. If you aren't on Remind, here's how you join. Text the following message to 81010:


I HAVE A GOOGLE NUMBER YOU CAN CALL ME ON! This includes parents and students if you need me for ANYTHING at all!!! Save this number in your phone. You can also text to the number, as well.


I hope you're staying safe and washing those hands! Rest and practice social distancing. Keep me informed how you're all doing. I miss you each of you so much!!! Let me know if there's anything I can help you with at all.