Music Learning Theory is the primary methodology used in teaching Chorus at DeSana Middle School. Students are first guided to build their audiation skills (hearing and comprehending music in the mind) through singing, rhythmic movement, and tonal and rhythm pattern instruction before being introduced to notation and music theory.6th Grade ChorusThis is the beginning-level chorus at DeSana Middle School. Students are introduced to the basics of healthy singing, audiation, improvisation, and music literacy. 6th Grade Chorus repertoire begins with unison or 2-parts (Soprano/Alto) in order to ease students in singing with a large ensemble while still providing opportunities for solo and small group performances.7th Grade Chorus7th Grade Chorus picks up where 6th Grade Chorus left off. Students are introduced to more challenging repertoire and a greater emphasis is placed on audiation, improvisation, music literacy and theory. Repertoire begins with 2-parts (Soprano/Alto) but gradually expands to three-parts (Soprano I - Soprano II - Alto and/or Soprano - Alto - Baritone). Students begin to dissect and analyze their own repertoire and explain the significance of the text and its relationship to the musical elements and the cultural and historical significance of the works being performed.8th Grade Chorus (Beginning Mixed Chorus)As the highest level chorus at DeSana Middle School, emphasis is placed on continuing to develop vocal confidence, improvisation, and music literacy. Repertoire at this level is typically 3-parts (Soprano I - Soprano II - Alto and/or Soprano - Alto - Baritone). This ensemble helps prepare students to continue with vocal music in high school and successful completion of this class results in high school credit.