• Corbett Junior High School 

    Choir Handbook



    Julien S. Lopez, Choir Director


    Office Phone: (210) 619-5830


    This handbook outlines the rules, policies, expectations, and opportunities for choir students and their parents/guardians. Parents and students should read this entire handbook as students will be held accountable for its contents, and procedures/policies are updated yearly.


    About the Corbett Mustang Choir

    • Please see “The Choir Ensembles” for a detailed description of each choir class offered. The Corbett Mustang Choral Department has a variety of different ensembles available to any dedicated students who wish to strive for musical excellence in vocal performance. 
    • The choir program has classes that will fit students from all walks of life, regardless of age, experience level, or background.
    • Every student wishing to be a member of ANY of the choir ensembles will be respectfully asked to sing a short and simple warm-up for the director, so that each student can be placed in the most productive way that enhances their voice. 
    • This is NOT an audition, or a test! This is simply a way for the director to know how each students' voice will fit the choir in the best way.

    Corbett Choir Student Council: More than a musician 

    Students in each choir class period will be selected through a peer voting process.

    Responsibilities of  Choir Council members:

    • Committed to give extra time outside of class to attend leadership meetings at designated times. 
    • Help make decisions on how we should use choir activity funds.
    • Help organize choir music, documents, and uniforms through Cut Time.
    • Lead peer rehearsals responsibly with substitute teachers when necessary.
    • Run various errands to help keep the choir room organized.
    • Committed to helping others who are struggling, or need a friend.

    The Corbett JHS choral program objectives

    Based on the middle school music TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) put in place by the Center for Educational Development in Fine Arts (CEDFA). These objectives include:

    • Foundations: Music Literacy
    • Creative expression
    • Understanding music in relation to history and culture
    • Critical evaluation and response
    • Singing with correct / healthy vocal techniques
    • Positive performance experience, and enjoyment

    Grading Guidelines

    Choir is a performance-based class. Choir students are required to attend all mandatory performances throughout the school year as a minimum requirement.

    Choir students are encouraged to attempt some of the other optional contests, concerts, and performance opportunities that will arise throughout the school year.

    Daily Grades (50%): participation, daily rehearsal etiquette and attendance, written assignments, folder/music checks, in class singing assignments.

    Test Grades (50%): participation in concerts, contests, written and aural assessments:

    Choir Code Of Conduct


    • All members involved in the Corbett Mustang choir program are considered a family, including the director. We must help support each other to create an environment where everyone feels safe. This is the expectation of ALL students in the choir program, no matter what age or experience level.


    • Choir student expectations revolve around respect in all forms, and coincide with the general standards of student conduct as outlined in the Corbett Junior High Student/Parent handbook.
    • All choir students are free to express themselves through a safe and positive learning environment.
    •  Each Choir member has a responsibility to keep our environment this way with the choices we make, the actions we take, and the words we speak. 
    • Choir members have the opportunity to participate in field trips and off-campus activities. Accordingly, choir students will represent themselves, their colleagues, and teachers in a positive and professional manner whether on or off the Corbett campus. 
    • In any performance (including rehearsals!) the students are representing Corbett JH and the district as a whole, and should act respectful and professional.

    Classroom Expectations: Classes are rehearsals, and our time together is very valuable.

    Prompt: When you are late, you miss valuable musical learning opportunities.

    Respect: To teachers, students, property, yourself, and our time together!

    Prepared: Have all necessary materials

    Practice: Outside of class, as much as possible! Learn your music!

    Daily Procedures:

    • Enter and exit the room calmly
    • Always have necessary materials: Pencil (NOT a pen!), Music Binder, Correct Music
    • Put all other belongings to the side of the room. This includes electronic devices.
    • Sit in assigned vocal section.
    • Refrain from moving around the room unless the lesson requires it, or permission is given.
    • Have a positive attitude and be ready to sing.


    General Policies:

      • Attendance:  As a daily class, attendance will be taken every day, and at all required rehearsals, field trips, and concerts. 
      • Tardiness: A student will be considered tardy if he or she is not seated in the proper place and ready to rehearse within one minute of the tardy bell ringing.
      • Music Binders: School provided choir binders will be provided to each student. It is the student’s responsibility to keep these binders in good condition. binders found left out or in the wrong place will be put in folder jail and subject to a daily grade deduction for each offense. Students will be held liable for damaged or lost binders.


    • Electronic devices in the classroom:


      • Electronic devices will be kept off and in a bag or on the classroom provided charger, unless the teacher specifically allows it.
      • Consequences: 
        • Warning
        • Confiscation until the end of class/end of the day & Parent Contact
        • phone taken to the office, student must pay $15 & parent contact

    Consequences - Student behavior, respect, and conduct is part of the choir rehearsal etiquette grade taken EVERY DAY in class. Disrespectful behavior towards any person or property interferes with the choir environment we have worked so hard to create, and as such will NOT be tolerated.

        • In general, consequences include a discussion with the student first, then communication with the parents, lunch or after school detention, a scheduled parent/teacher conference, and finally, a referral to admin. Severe infractions are immediately referred to admin.
        • Per campus guidelines: Students and parents should be familiar with the mustang pride behavior matrix, and the system of low level referrals. 

    Uniforms: Each student will be provided the following formal uniform at the beginning of the school year:

    • Girls- Dresses, 
    • Boys - Vest, Bow tie, White Button Down Shirt. 

    ALL choir members must provide:

    • Choir T-Shirt for informal concerts
    • Nice black closed-toe shoes:
        • Ladies: ballerina-style flats are acceptable, heels should be MODEST. 
        • Men: black dress shoes, black socks, a white undershirt, and black dress pants.
          • There are a growing number of students in the choir program. This is a good thing! However, At this time, the choral dept. does not have enough black pants to accommodate every male student this year! Please let me know if this is an issue for you, and I will be more than happy to help in any way I can.

    Required Performances:

     Choir students will receive a summative test grade for each mandatory performance in which they are expected to participate. Please see the 2019-20 choir calendar on Cut Time for specific dates.

    • There will be three mandatory school concerts throughout the school year. These performances will be graded based on student attendance and conduct during the performance.
    • Students are required to attend these specified performances regardless of their academic standing.
    • If a student does not show up for a mandatory concert, he/she will receive a zero as a grade.
    • If a student misses a concert for illness, family emergency, etc., a make-up grade will be given if the absence can be verified as excused.
    • These concerts are considered co-curricular, and a necessary portion of the classroom rehearsals.  
    • A list of all scheduled events (both mandatory and optional) is available on the choir website, and a hard copy will be provided to all students. Notification of schedule changes will be given at least one week in advance whenever possible.




    Optional, Competitive, and HIGHLY Encouraged Performances:

    Region Auditions: Highly encouraged to eligible students. Students prepare selected solos to compete for a spot in the "Region Honor Choir". Students who make it into the region choir will earn the privilege of a workshop with a highly qualified conductor, and a performance with the region choir. Only the most dedicated and hard working singers are selected!

    UIL Group Concert and Sight-reading Contest: Highly encouraged to eligible students. Specified ensembles are judged and rated based on a group stage performance and group sight-reading ability. 

    Solo & Ensemble Contest: Students prepare solos individually or in small groups (trios, quartets, etc.) and are judged and rated based on performance.

    *Please refer to the “UIL Contests and Eligibility” document for more details.

    No Pass, No Play! - Students must be academically eligible (passing all classes with a 70 or above) to take part in any of these competitive UIL events

    Field Trips: 

    • All Field trips and performances outside of UIL, will be funded based on the success of our fundraisers

    Fees: All paid through My School Bucks 

      • No Cash/Checks
        • Please contact me if this is an issue, it will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.


    • Choir Fee ($25):


        • Uniform purchases/cleaning/repairs/alterations
        • Snacks/drinks
        • Field trips/ Extra performances outside of UIL
        • Any other student activities that choir counselors may vote on.


    • $10 Choir T Shirt:


      • This will be used as a uniform for informal performances and field trips


    • The choir participates in one major fundraiser for the whole school year. Students will receive all information during class. . 
    • Fundraiser money goes into the choir student activity account and is used for: 
      • Any extra field trips or performances outside of UIL
      • Student refreshments
      • Uniform maintenance
      • Student materials & supplies 

    Chaperones: Choir events are ALWAYS in need of chaperones, especially at School concert, and contests like Region Auditions and UIL.

      • Anyone interested in being a chaperone:
        •  go to www.scuc.txed.net 
        • click “community” at the very top
        • click “volunteers/mentors” at the bottom left
        • click the link to fill out the application
        • please wait 7-10 business days for the process to go through


    • If you volunteer and you must cancel:


      •  PLEASE make sure to give at least a week’s notice, and help find another person who can chaperone in your place. 
      • ANY event or performance without the proper amount of adult chaperones is subject to cancellation.



    Communication and Contact Information:

      • It is extremely important that I have accurate contact information for parents and students, for safety and accuracy of communication choir events and activities. 
      • All information obtained by the choir program will be kept confidential and used only for the purposes of contact and communication.
      • Cut Time: The Choir uses www.cuttime.net for more communication and accurate information. Please visit the choir website for instructions on how to access the mustang choir on Cut Time. 
      • Remind: The choir uses “Remind” to communicate information quickly and privately. Please see the choir website for detailed instructions on setting up and using the “remind” app.


    • The fastest way to contact me is through remind or e-mail. jslopez@scuc.txed.net