Chamber Choir Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUEN-1152-001 Chamber Choir


Course Description

Smaller choral groups performing various styles of music depending upon the particular ensemble, such as vocal jazz, men's chorus, chamber ensemble, etc.

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(1 sem hr; 3 studio)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Music provided in class


1. MUSIC: All music will be provided by Amarillo College. You will be held financially responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen music.  All music must be returned after the final concert or grades will be held.

2. PERFORMANCE DRESS: Performance attire for Vocal Jazz will be decided by the group. Generally, men wear a dark jacket and pants and colorful shirts, and women wear a colorful top with black slacks and long blazer jacket. Unlike concert choir, you are responsible for your own clothes in Vocal Jazz.

Student Performance

***This syllabus is also used for MUEN-2152 and MUSIC-1171

AC Vocal Jazz is a 4-8 voice vocal ensemble who perform contemporary vocal jazz literature, such as arrangements performed by The Real Group, New York Voices, The Ritz, Singer's Unlimited, The PM Singers, Take 6, and others. This groups performs with microphones but without choreography typical of a show choir. The ensemble performs at local high schools and for special functions at Amarillo College and out in the community.

STUDENT PERFORMANCE/LEARNING OUTCOMES: The goal of this course is to have fun singing and performing vocal jazz literature, and to share this experience with each other and our audience. In the course of the semester, the student will:

1. Learn vocal fundamentals and improved their singing through increasing vocal flexibility.

2. Learn the listening skills required to sing tight harmonies with proper blend and balance.

3. Increase their knowledge of jazz literature and style.

4. Learn to perform this style visually as well as aurally.

5. Learn how to use a microphone and how to enhance the voice electronically.

6. Learn to improvise and scat.

7. Perform concerts in the Amarillo community.

8. Become familiar with structure of general meetings and leadership roles, organizational requirements for all AC Student Life clubs.

9. Meet new people and experience a bond of friendship through music.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

1. Attend all rehearsals and performances.

2. Work on parts and assigned scat outside of class.

3. Listen to vocal jazz recordings.

4. Have a positive attitude and support each other.

5. Listen to each other in rehearsals/performances.

6. Assist with set-up and tear-down of rehearsal and performance equipment.  

7. Fulfill elected roles within the organization (President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee Chair, General Member) and attend campus organization meetings as requested by director.  

8. Refrain from using cell phones during rehearsal, except to fulfill specific tasks given by the instructor.   

9. Refrain from using disrespectful or inappropriate language, regardless of whom it is directed towards.  

10. Be on time for all activities, both on and off campus.  "Early is on time.  On time is late.  Late is unacceptable."  - B.V. 

11. Work hard, be flexible, and above all, have fun!!

Grading Criteria

1. Grades will be determined by class work and progress on assignments outside of class.  

2. A syllabus quiz, worth 10% of your grade, will be given at the start of term.

3. Your grade will drop one letter grade for every TWO UNEXCUSED ABSENCES.  One absence will be counted for every two times you are late to rehearsal.

4. A student's grade will automatically be lowered by at least one letter grade for late arrival to any concert venue.

5. A grade of "F" will be given to students who miss a performance without satisfactory, properly documented excuse.

Final Grade is based on the following scale:

A= 90-100%

B= 80-89%

C= 70-79%

D= 60-69%

F= Below 60%


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. Joining a small group in particular requires a high level of commitment and responsibility from EACH member. You are expected to attend every rehearsal. NO EXCUSES WILL BE PERMITTED FOR CONCERT DATES, with the exception of family tragedy or documented emergency.  As a matter of professionalism, please contact the instructor in advance if you must miss a rehearsal for any reason.  An "excused absence" may be given if proper documentation (doctor's note, etc.) is provided.  Do not schedule other activities (including medical appointments) against the ensemble's agreed upon rehearsal schedule or performance commitments.  

The instructor reserves the right to withhold performing privilege from any member of the group who demonstrates a lack of commitment to the ensemble or preparation of assigned musical material.  This will be gauged primarily on the basis of prompt arrival to rehearsals, adherence to performance call times, presence at all scheduled events, and demonstrated mastery of musical material and/or consistent practice outside of class.  


Vocal Jazz will set its own rehearsal schedule once auditions are complete.

Additional scheduling information will be provided in class.  This ensemble is frequently called upon to provide music for AC and other community functions.  Instructor will verify group availability before scheduling any performance.  Ensemble members are asked to be flexible with this process.


Tuesday, February 22  --  Badgeriety! --  7:30pm  --  AC Concert Hall Theater  --  Call time 6:00pm (TBD)

February / March / April / May  --  Local school performances (TBD)  --  National Anthem (TBD)

Tuesday, April 19  --  Spring Concert (with Jazz Band)  --  7:30pm  --  AC Concert Hall Theater  --  Call time TBD

Thu-Sun, April 21-24  --  Greeley Jazz Festival (in-person vs. virtual TBD)  -- AC Concert Choir trip (TBD)

Friday, May 13  -  Possible performance at AC Commencement afternoon and evening ceremonies  -  All details TBD


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Syllabus Created on:

01/17/22 10:59 AM

Last Edited on:

01/17/22 1:55 PM