Sherwood Voices for the Performing Arts choirs and classes provide opportunity to grow and develop skills in music and dance. Singers will be taught healthy vocal technique and diction, develop skills in solfege, rhythm, ear training, sight singing, and singing in harmony. A range of literature will be explored including art songs, folk songs and spirituals, holiday, pop and Musical Theatre. Sacred and secular music selections may be performed. Dancers will learn choreography and technique in a variety of styles, with an emphasis on styles used in musical theater. 

The Sherwood VPA program strives to offer:

  • a place for personal growth and learning in music and dance
  • a place to feel joy and satisfaction through personal and community artistic experiences, and
  • a place to belong and contribute in a positive social environment.

Choir

  • Explorers (K-2nd grade): This class will combine an introduction to singing and musicianship with singing games, folk songs and musical activities designed to develop the ability to accurately match pitch, keep a steady beat and learn the fundamentals of musical terms and notation. (45 minutes)
  • Firstnotes (3rd-6th grade): Introduces choral singing, basic vocal skills, and some two-part harmony. (45 minutes choir, 45 minutes musicianship)
  • Notables Girls (6th-12th grade): Develops vocal, harmonization and music-reading skills for older students. (45 minutes choir, 45 minutes musicianship)
  • Noteworthy Boys (6th-12th grade): Develops vocal, harmonization and music-reading skills for older students. (45 minutes choir, 45 minutes musicianship)
  • Counterpoint (9th-12th grade): SATB ensemble singing in a variety of genres, including Broadway and contemporary a cappella. Instructor Approval. (45 minutes choir, 45 minutes musicianship)
  • Musical Theatre Workshop (9th-12th grade): This class includes both dance and vocal instruction and will be made up of smaller groups (formed based on auditions the first week of class) performing musical theatre ensemble numbers. (45 minutes choir, 45 minutes dance)
  • Sherwood Chorale (Adults) is a community choir for adults of all ages.

Dance

  • Elementary Dance (3th-6th grade): Introduction to broadway-style choreography and dance for younger students. (45 minutes)
  • Intermediate Dance (6th-12th grade): Develops increasing skill in broadway-style dance through choreographed routines. (45 minutes)
  • Musical Theatre Workshop (9th-12th grade): This class includes both dance and vocal instruction and will be made up of smaller groups (formed based on auditions the first week of class) performing musical theatre ensemble numbers. (45 minutes choir, 45 minutes dance)

Musicianship

  • Musicianship helps students with reading music, writing music and identifying key musical aspects. Students will also be able to pass theory levels within the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). Musicianship is a required component for all choir classes 3rd-12th grade and is also offered separately for 9th-12th grade. (45 minutes)
  • Songwriting is an elective course for students enrolled in Musicianship for 9th-12th grade. This class covers how to analyze modern music, how to write music using composition and recording software and how to arrange compositions for performances. This is a project based class where students will learn through writing their own music, arranging music and recording their work. (45 minutes)
  • Jazz Improvisation is an elective course for students enrolled in Musicianship for 9th-12th grade. This class covers fundamentals of jazz improvisation from a theoretical and practical perspective, including opportunities to practice real-time improvisation and receive feedback. (45 minutes)

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