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Jobs / Lakewood Middle School
« Last post by tomstreet on October 19, 2014, 07:49:05 AM »
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General Discussion / Re: Choir Rehearsal Rubric
« Last post by lgordon on October 18, 2014, 07:02:39 PM »
Love this!!! Thanks for sharing!
Daily Announcements / September 8, 2014
« Last post by tomstreet on September 08, 2014, 05:47:23 AM »
1. Tick. Tick. Tick..... October 1st looms ever closer. Please take care of your AAA certification and membership fees asap if you've not already done so.

2. Voting ends at noon tomorrow (Tuesday) on the motion from the board to amend the mentor program. Please log in to the Communication Center and vote if you've not already done so.

3. For those of you who need it CHQ video productions has posted a video of how to register your students for all region tryouts. Just see the link in the Video's menu. Please don't wait until the entry deadline to add your students.

4. Speaking of CHQ.... we will be operating on a limited schedule today so please be patient if you need a quick response to something. One of our staff members said something about a root canal today......
Daily Announcements / August 29, 2014
« Last post by tomstreet on August 29, 2014, 07:20:47 AM »
1. Our deepest sympathies to Johnny Peoples (Marion) at the loss of his father, James Peoples. ArkCDA has made a donation to the scholarship fund in his memory.

2. A reminder that you can send your paperwork (invoice, AAA certificate & list) electronically by taking pictures of them and sending those in. I prefer you to email them rather than send them as a text message. You can also upload your AAA stuff in the Communications Center.

3. I think I mentioned that I put a link to the mobile site on the main menu of the home page. I also put a "Full site" option on the mobile page. If something you're looking at doesn't scale to your device please let me know specifically what it is so I can try to adapt it. The manuals should all display properly.

4. Don't wait until the last minute to start entering your students in the all region tryout database. The more people who access it at once the slower it runs.

5. HEY NEW FOLKS! Have you signed up for the mentors' mailing list? If not the simplest way to do it is to send me an email requesting me to add you.

Enjoy your long weekend. It's gonna get serial when we come back.
Daily Announcements / August 5, 2014
« Last post by tomstreet on August 05, 2014, 07:33:05 AM »
1. Online voting continues through noon on Thursday the 14th. Just log in to the Communications Center and click on the Voting Booth. Or, click the button on the home page to go directly to the booth (you'll still have to log in). If you have any problems voting please contact one of our poll workers.

2. AAA Eligibility - This HAS to be done before your students can participate in tryouts this fall. There are 3 ways to send that in.
1. - You can upload it to the Fall Semester 2014 board (preferred)
2. You can email it to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
3. You can put it in the mail (least preferred)

Please read this statement aloud three times (people will just think you're talking on your phone) "Until I send in BOTH a list of my students AND the signed AAA certificate my students cannot participate."

By themselves neither one of those is enough. It takes BOTH.

The certificate is available on the website under Forms & Fees.
Daily Announcements / August 4, 2014
« Last post by tomstreet on August 04, 2014, 07:24:01 AM »
1. Our sympathies to Maleah Rainey (Crossett) on the passing of her father Leland Barnett. ArkCDA will make a donation to the scholarship fund in his memory.

2. Voting continues on the website. If you experience any problems with it please let me know.

3. If you've already submitted the online participation form you can stop reading. But if you haven't - I got the data I needed on CPA from the online database. Unfortunately for whatever reason, I zapped (emptied) the tryout database. So all I need is an estimate of how many students you had try out for either junior high or senior high. If you wish you can just shoot me an email with the info. If you've already done the form THANKS!
General Discussion / Choir Rehearsal Rubric
« Last post by bmartindale on March 26, 2014, 08:03:19 AM »
Found several good rubrics on the subject at Hawthorne HS near Beverly Hills.  I condensed them down to the attached.  Going to start using it.
General Discussion / Revolving door in MS Choir
« Last post by bmartindale on March 26, 2014, 07:58:32 AM »
I have a 7-8 grade middle school choir of about 30.  The schedule, at the moment, is the lesser of two evils. I see all of the choir on M W F and on T Th about 12 of them go to PE.  This is not too bad. However, students get pulled for remediation and or PACE during the 9 weeks and filter back in later.  At the 9 week change, I may lose 8-12 due to remediation and gain 4-6 just out of the blue.
My question is; Should I even try to form this group into a CPA worthy choir?  Should I attempt to offer All-Region tryouts?  Or, should I relax and teach a little sight singing, theory, and try to learn some choral lit. of substance?
Daily Announcements / January 8, 2014
« Last post by tomstreet on January 08, 2014, 09:55:19 AM »
1. There has been a change in the Soprano 1 section in the Southwest Region list of all state eligible students. Please login to the Communications Center if you wish to view it.

2. Speaking of All State eligible students - any student who participated in your all region mixed choir and scored from chair 20 down to your all state allotment is shown as an alternate unless you notify me to delete them. That means in some cases you may have a student shown as a 6th alternate - or even higher. These students will remain listed as alternates until and unless you ask that they be deleted. Unless you plan to bring them for the alternate pool please notify me to drop them before January 31st.

3. I have set up an area on the website where all All State information will be posted. As we get closer to tryouts and clinic please keep an eye on that area.

3B. ALL STATE ERRATA - My Spirit Is Uncaged - On page 12, measure 47, the bass part enhanced incorrectly plays an E natural on the & of beat 2 (syllable "-lant") instead of the written D natural. This will be added to the errata list.

4. I notice in looking at the online submissions for CPA approval that several have already posted requests. YAY! More and more folks are scanning music an attaching it as a pdf. Convenient no? If you're interested in a scanning app for your phone just check your app store. There are several free and commercial apps that work well. I personally use Scanner Pro. I'm told that TinyScan is also good.

Related to that; the deadline for submitting music for approval is February 1.

Also, please don't bury the section chairs with a large number of requests hoping that one will stick. They have choirs to prepare too.

5. The list of previous all state titles will be repaired and online later today. Currently it isn't available.

6. For Ron Guess (Pocahontas) - Are you aware of any High School Choral Music programs in our state that may be offering concurrent credit with colleges and universities in their area?  Also, do you know of any Choral programs in our Northeast Region that may have Advanced Placement (AP) Vocal Music classes? You can contact Ron at You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.
Daily Announcements / December 16, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on December 16, 2013, 10:08:13 AM »
Hoo-Wee! This past week or so really played havoc with a ton of holiday performances. I know for many of you it's been a scramble trying to reschedule, or, in some cases, cancel. Makes the break all that more a relief.

As the semester ends a couple of things;

1. Going into the break please touch bases with your all state people to make certain they are on track. Once we get back from the break the roller coaster takes off again.

2. Speaking of tryouts, as the date gets closer please touch bases on the website to make certain you are keeping current on info as it is posted.

3. Remember that the spring AAA eligibility lists and certificate will be due on February 1st. I'm not certain how that might impact those of you who missed a lot of school but we'll handle those as needed. The main thin is to get the all state people certified before tryouts.

4. I posted a couple of links on the website under the Christmas decorations. One is the CPA primer that has been posted for several years for the new folks. Another is to something we're going to look at doing with tryouts. If you're going to be working at tryouts please check that out and respond if interested.

OK. 4 is more than a couple.

As we wrap up the fall semester take time to reflect on your accomplishments and gear up for a great spring!

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