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
2021-2022 Event Calendar
November TBD Green Mountain District V Music Festival Auditions
November 18-20th MUHS Fall Musical- The Sound of Music
December 1st Winter Band and Choir Concert
December 2nd Alternate Date for Band/Choir Concert
December 4th New England Music Festival Auditions, Hartford High School, VT
December 10th - Camerata Singers Madrigal Festival- Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, Burlington
January TBD All State Music Festival Auditions
January 12th, 7pm DP Student Recital
February 9-12, 2022 ACDA Honors Choir, Boston, MA
March 17-19, 2022- New England Music Festival, Lewis S. Mills HS, Burlington, CT
March 24 - 26- MUHS Senior Play
April 13th Band and Choir Concert
June 1st MUHS DP Music Recital/Camerata Singers/Jazz Ensemble Concert (Small Ensemble)- MUHS Auditorium
* Due to COVID-19 All Events Are Subject To Change.
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