Instruction in Voice

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John Snyder

District Choral Specialist

Historic Irving Office (480) 308-7381
35 years teaching experience
John Snyder

John Snyder is the Choral Specialist for the Mesa Public Schools. He teaches choir at Franklin Jr. High, Summit Academy, and Hughes Elementary School. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education K-12/Voice from Glassboro State College, which is now Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. [More...]

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Dobson Choir
Stapley Choir

The district's Choral Program strives to provide a developmental experience, increasing in difficulty from simple unison singing to two-, three-, and four-part harmony. The focus is on a well-rounded program and includes music from various periods of music history.  Students may begin choral instruction in the 7th grade.

Emphasis is placed on vocal and rehearsal techniques, music reading, expressive qualities, texture, form and style characteristics appropriate to the selections being performed. The performances of choral groups are thought of as a culminating event, joining together the technical and reading skills with stylistic considerations as well as performance etiquette.

Choral Program Goals

  • To provide a safe atmosphere for vocal, social, academic and personal development.
  • To develop correct vocal techniques (pleasant tone quality, proper intonation, accurate rhythm, crisp articulation and adequate breath support).
  • To develop fundamental music skills in sight-reading, ear training and music notation.
  • To demonstrate expressive qualities in a variety of musical styles.
  • To contribute to the blend, balance and quality of he ensemble by developing the ability to sing a vocal part securely and uniformly.
  • To develop self-discipline, dependability, and responsibility through ensemble participation.
  • To develop confidence in performing by practicing proper performance etiquette.
  • To recognize the unique values of singing and be able to perform for self-enjoyment as well as the enjoyment of others.
  • To value music as a means of self-expression.
  • To develop self-discipline by functioning as a responsible member of the organization.
  • To develop an appreciation for various types and talents in music.
  • To experience successful achievement and pleasure through group involvement.
  • To connect musical experiences with events, understandings, skills, and experiences outside the music classroom or stage.
  • To develop a desire to continue vocal musical experiences.

CURRICULUM INFORMATION Aligned to the 2015 AZ Music Standards


MU01 Novice Treble Choir

MU03 Novice Mixed Choir

MU04 Intermediate Treble Choir

MU05 Novice Tenor/Bass Choir

MU06 Intermediate Tenor/Bass Choir

MU07 Intermediate Mixed Choir


MU61 Proficient Tenor/Bass Choir

MU68 Proficient Treble Choir

MU69 Accomplished Treble Choir

MU74 Accomplished Mixed Choir

MU75 Advanced Mixed Choir

MU76 Advanced Mixed Chamber Choir

MU78 Intermediate Mixed Show Choir

MU79 Advanced Treble Chamber Choir