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Singing All-Stars: Developing Leadership Scholars in Choir
My students need music incentive awards, like key rings, mugs and ID tags, for completing the requirements and obtaining the points to achieve the status of "Singing All-Star: Choir Leadership Scholar."
Did you know that nearly half of U.S. Presidents participated in some aspect of music while they were growing up? Music participation develops collaboration and leadership skills in students. In our choirs we are planning to reward accomplishments with our Singing All-Star Leadership Awards.
"I teach vocal music at a large (more than 3000), highly diverse, urban public high school in Indiana.
My students are in grades 9-12 and more than 1/4 of my beginning choirs have limited English speaking skills (ESL). More than 60% of my students are enrolled in the free-lunch program. I am the designated teacher in my department for the ESL students as all are required to take either a performing or fine arts elective. Our community has changed over the past 30 years. Most students cannot afford to attend concerts or take private music lessons. Choir participation is the only elective that provides a connection between many of my students with their peers and the school learning community. My students have a passion for singing and that is one reason they attend school each day. Through our Singing All-Stars/ Leadership Scholars Incentive Program, students will receive a tangible award and public recognition for the contributions that they make to our choral music ensembles.
The music incentive awards and prizes purchased through this grant will give students a tangible award that they can receive at our end of year awards/recognition party. Students will be able to select their prize from the four that will be ordered through through the Donors Choose Vendors. Scholars may earn these awards through their leadership participation in choir throughout the high school careers. Point values have been assigned to the following areas: Choir officers such as presidents, secretary, social chairperson, spirit-wear, vocal peer tutoring, and sectional leadership. Students who audition for solos, volunteer for set-up and tear down, help with choir fundraisers, prepare a solo or ensemble for state competition, audition and participate in school musicals and oratorios will also receive points. Students, regardless of their singing ability may be named a Singing All-Star Leadership Scholar if they put in the extra effort to improve the excellence level of the choir.
Our future is dependent on the leaders that we develop in our educational system.
It is important for students to become skilled singers in our choral ensembles but it is imperative that they develop leadership attributes by becoming inquirers, knowledgeable, communicators, principled, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. By contributing to this grant, you will reward students with the award incentives purchased through Donors Choose who exhibit scholarship in leadership and collaboration.
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