MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHORAL PROGRAM
Instruction in Voice
District Choral Specialist
Historic Irving Office (480) 308-7381
35 years teaching experience
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...]
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.
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.