Choral Independent Rehearsal

Chorus Independent Rehearsal 

Stephen Murray
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Wayland Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



Middle School




Macintosh G3 computers with FreeStyle Sequencer
Yamaha Keyboards with MIDI interface


15 – 60 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students will have a basic knowledge of reading choral music.

Students will have learned how to access the MIDI station part of the server.

NAfME Standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standard of 1994: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

NAfME 2014: Connections


Choral Score “Once Upon a December” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, arranged by Carl Strommen, Warner Bros. Publications CH9828

Additional Choral music as sequenced.



The student will be able to access the MIDI file of “Once Upon a December” from the MIDI Station folder.

The student will be able to play the sequence of the song from their choral repertoire.

The student will be able to mute other voice parts to hear their own part highlighted and mute their own part to rehearse in a ‘music minus one’ manner.

The student will come to the next choral rehearsal with a better understanding of his or her part.


A portion of a choral rehearsal will be spent. Going over written instructions on how to access the MIDI file. Each student will have the FreeStyle instructions inserted in their choral folder.

Students will sign-up for computer times during their study periods, before, or after the school day. The student will playback the sequence of the chorus selection. Computer rehearsal techniques will include:
Muting other voice parts
Replaying difficult sections
Slowing down tempo of difficult sections
Singing along with voice part muted
Singing along with piano only, all voice parts muted


Choral members will be evaluated for knowledge of their voice parts by singing for the instructor during rehearsal in a trio or sextet. The student may also perform individually for the instructor by appointment.

The best yardstick of success will be accuracy of performance in rehearsal and concert.

Follow Up:

Students with piano proficiency will be encouraged to create additional MIDI files of choral pieces via FreeStyle or via PrintMusic! saved as a MIDI file.

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