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
2022-2023 Event Calendar
30 Castleton Honors Festival
10 New England Applications Open
7 Middle School GMMDV District Music Festival Auditions, Otter Valley UHS
2 High School GMMDV District Music Festival Auditions, Proctor High School
10-12 MUHS Fall Musical
23 Online All State Registration Deadline
3 New England Music Festival Auditions, Hartford, VT
6 MUHS Music Department Concert
9 ACDA Madrigal Festival- Camerata Singers Only
14 New England Results Posted
14 All State Audition–Hartford High School
20 New England Results Posted
21 All State Audition Snow Date
TBD GMMDV District Music Festival
Middle School Chorus, Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Strings, High School Band
TBD GMMDV District Music Festival
High School Chorus, High School Jazz, Middle School Band
16-18 New England Music Festival- Woodstock Academy, Woodstock, CT
20 All State online Deadline for student acceptance
24-26 MUHS Senior Play
18 MUHS Music Department Concert
13-16 MENC Eastern Division Music Conference
7 MUHS Choir Collaboration with the Middlebury Community Chorus
11-13 All State Music Festival, Burlington High School, Vermont
29 Memorial Day Parade
TBD Spring Into The Arts
1 Camerata and Jazz Ensemble Concert
TBD Discover Jazz Festival
9 MUHS Final Assembly
10 MUHS Graduation- Band/Choir Performance
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