Choir Handbook 2015-2016


Samuel Beck Elementary

Choir Handbook



            The purpose of the Samuel Beck Elementary Choir is to foster the love of music and the vocal talents of those students who are willing to participate and learn above and beyond what is offered in general music class. We hope to sing quality and enjoyable music that will enhance our vocal and musical talents. We will become more familiar with singing to an audience, which will help our stage presence. This will help calm nerves and prepare students for future auditions and interviews. Overall, participation in the choir will be beneficial to all who are involved, including parents, students, faculty, and audience members. We want to make a joyful noise!


     Rehearsal attendance is expected and required of all choir members. Bel Canto Chorus rehearses Mondays 2:45-3:45pm, Beck Bulldog Choir rehearses Wed. 2:45-3:45pm.

Siblings are not allowed to attend choir rehearsals. Please make arrangements for family members to be picked up at 2:45pm or to participate in the After School program.

            Excused absences will be counted as excused only when I receive a note or a phone call from a parent or guardian. Excused absences include illness, unavoidable doctor/dentist appointments, etc. Please do your best to let me know in advance if you must be absent from a choir rehearsal. 

            Unexcused absences will be counted as those rehearsals missed with no prior warning, or no note from a parent/guardian. Three unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the choir.

Students must be picked up on time! Two late pick-ups may result in removal from the choir program. 

     Performance attendance is required of all choir members. The director will determine whether an absence from a performance is excused or not. Any unexcused absence from a performance will result in dismissal from the choir.


            Rehearsal behavior must be excellent at all times. Because rehearsal time is limited, we must make the most use of our time. Excess talking and horseplay will not be tolerated. 

            Performance behavior must be excellent. When we are on stage or away from our campus, we are in the spotlight representing Beck Elementary. Our behavior should always reflect how mature and well-behaved students are from our school. Any discipline problems that occur during a performance or away from our campus could be grounds for dismissal from the choir. 


            Every choir student must have all passing grades. This means at least a 70 average in every subject.  Students who are not passing will be allowed to rehearse with the group, but will not be allowed to perform at any performance off campus. I will send grade checks to the teachers to check for eligibility before we go on any performance trips. This is a district wide policy that applies to all extra-curricular activities.

            Behavior grades are considered as well as academic grades. Students must maintain at least an “S” for behavior. If behavior grades fall below an “S,” that student will not be allowed to perform at any off campus performances.


            All choir members will be asked to dress alike for performances. Choir dress will be nice khaki pants and choir shirts. The cost for the choir t-shirt is $10. Please submit your Cash Payment to Ms. Conrad by October 6th .  Shorts will not be allowed at performances. Appropriate length skirts will be allowed for girls. Just remember, we want to represent our school with pride, and we will be tucking our shirt tails in for all performances!

District Honor Choir

The District Honor Choir is an honor choir that is available to auditioned 5th Grade students. Auditions will take place at Beck during September and the choir will rehearse during the Fall semester on Thursday afternoons at another school location. Members of the District Honor Choir must also be members of the Beck Elementary Choir. Information will be made available during the first week of school. 


Northwest ISD Choir Guidelines

(Official choir guidelines for all elementary schools

provided by Northwest ISD) 

1. Choirs will rehearse a minimum of 30 minutes one day a week. The music teacher and principal at each campus will decide when rehearsals will take place.

2. Choir will be available for all 4th and 5th grade students who wish to participate. Campuses may open up participation to other grades if space is available. You may audition students if you wish, but all students will be accepted.

3. Choir is a yearlong commitment. Students must have written permission from parents to join or drop out of choir.   Students who drop out or are removed from choir may be reevaluated at the beginning of the next semester if they wish to rejoin. 

4. Students must be passing all subjects and be up to date on all schoolwork to participate in any off campus activities or campus activities where a fee is charged for admission.

5. Rehearsals are very important for preparing students for performances. Student’s attendance at rehearsal will be recorded and 2 unexcused absences from rehearsal may result in the student’s dismissal from choir. They may rejoin again the following semester. 

6. Transportation will be the responsibility of the parents. Parents will need to sign a form stating they agree to pick up their child on time from choir activities or make arrangements to have them picked up.   Students who are continually late being picked up from choir activities will be subject to removal from choir.

7. Since performances are extremely important to the success of the choir, attendance at performances is mandatory. 

8. Students will be required to be on their best behavior during choir rehearsals, performances, and extra-curricular activities. Students whose parents have been notified twice, in writing, of behavior problems during choir activities will be subject to removal from choir.

9. Dismissal from choir for not meeting the guidelines above will be the decision of the choir teacher and the principal.

10. Choir attire will be a campus decision.

11. Choir expenses will be paid by each campus.