Degrees and Certifications:
Elizabeth LeBeau, a native Vermonter, has been teaching choir, private voice lessons, beginning guitar and beginning piano at Middlebury Union Middle School and High School over the past 14 years. Prior experience includes teaching beginning band, choral music, and general music. Mrs. LeBeau has managed the GMMDV chorus over the past four years. She is a member of ACDA and NEMFA. In 2013, she recieved the GMMDV Music Teacher of the Year and most recently was awarded the Jo and Dave Cole High School Appreciation Award.
Mrs. LeBeau resides in Panton, VT with her two daughters and husband.
Middlebury Union High School
Music Department Schedule
September 10-11- High School Fall Play Auditions
September 13- High School Fall Play Call Backs
November 5- High School District Auditions- Proctor High School
November 7- MUMS Choir/Band Concert- 7PM @ MUMS
November 9- Round Midnight Workshop- Choir
November 28- MUHS Band and Choir Concert- 7 PM @MUHS
November 15-17- Fall Musical- MUHS
December 7- ACDA Madrigal Festival
January 19- All State Music Festival Auditions- Hartford HS
February 1- District HS Band, HS String, MS Chorus, MS Jazz Festival
February 13- MUMS Band/Choir Concert -7PM @ MUMS
March 1-District Music Festival – Jazz Ensemble, HS Choir, MS Strings- Fair Haven UHS
March 12- VTAJE Jazz Festival @ Burlington HS
March 15-17- NYC Band Trip
May 8-11- VT All State Music Festival @ U-32
May 20- MUHS Music Department Concert- 7:00 pm MUHS Auditorium
May 22- MUMS Choir/Band Concert- 7PM @ MUMS
May 27- Memorial Day Parades- Middlebury and Vergennes 7:30 am
May 29 and 30- Spring into the Arts- Middlebury College- Jazz and Vocal Ensembles
June 3- MUHS Jazz Ensemble
Small Vocal Ensemble Concert-7:00 pm
MUHS Courtyard/Rain Site MUHS Auditorium
June 4- (Tentative) Discover Jazz – Church Street Burlington, VT- Jazz Ensemble
June 7- Final Assembly and Parade, Memorial Sports Center 8:30 am
June 8- Graduation, Memorial Sports Center 9:30 am
MUHS Course Criteria/ Syllabus
Course Number/Title: Choir
Credit: Year Long Class, 1 Fine Arts Credit
Teacher: Elizabeth LeBeau
Choir is open to any student who demonstrates an attitude of interest, self-control, and a willingness to cooperate to achieve a common purpose. Choir is a performing organization. This group performs in public concerts including a fall concert, spring concert, and numerous community concerts. In this class, students will become involved in the study of the fundamentals of proper singing techniques and reading and writing music. Students will work together to attain a good concept of choral sound and production.
1. What skills will students need to work as an ensemble?
2. What skills will students need to demonstrate music literacy?
3. What are the proper techniques for healthy vocal production?
4. How do styles of music differentiate between time periods?
Units of study (with corresponding Common Tasks, GEs, Power Standards and/or National Standards):
The following skills will be taught throughout the year in a sequential manner.
● Vocal Performance: Fundamental vocal techniques such as posture, breath control, tone resonance, diction, articulation, intonation, and vocal range.
● Ear Training/ Sight Singing: Students will begin basic music theory with daily ear training and sight reading exercises.
● Music Appreciation: Students will work to develop critical listening skills related to structure, interpretation, and performance quality.
● Cultural Awareness: Understanding of cultural and historical perspective of the works being performed.
● Social Responsibility: Choir members have an obligation, not only to themselves, but also to the entire organization.In order to achieve the finest results, attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.
Texts and/or materials:
A varied repertoire of music will chosen every year to teach skills through
● Students are expected to arrive to class at 12:50 and be ready to rehearse. They should have their music in hand as well as a pencil.
● Student’s folders should be well maintained and functional.
● Tests and quizzes will take place multiple times in a semester.
● All students should be actively participating in rehearsal.
○ Be prepared, commit to improvement, meet deadlines, demonstrate a positive attitude, follow rules and directions, have eye contact with the conductor, singing when asked to, following along, maintain a good attitude, and work towards achieving a common goal with peers.
● In order to have a successful performance group, all students must support one another and provide a safe learning environment for all.
● Students are required to attend concerts and public performances.
GEs, Power Standards and/or National Standards Addressed:
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations and accompaniments.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside of the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
GEs: APHS:5 , APHS:6, APHA:13, APHS:14, APHS:15, APHS:17, APHS:16, APHS:18, APHS:19, APHS:20, APHS:21
PS: 6. The Arts: Use artistic concepts, knowledge, and skills to understand, explore, and create art as a way of expressing oneself.
Course Assessments (including Common Tasks)/Grading Policy:
Students will be graded on in-class participation as well as attendance to performances. They will be tested periodically on material used in class.
Generally, grades are formed as follows:
Class Participation: 50%
Tests and Quizzes: 20%
Throughout the year, there will be multiple opportunities for students to achieve a benchmark common task.
Choir, Sight Singing, and Rhythmic Dictation