Beginning of the Year Information - 2019-2020
Supplies & Fee / Costo de Materiales
A pencil (required), school-issued iPad (required), water bottle (suggested), & tissues (suggested).
Other supplies such as music, folders, chorus shirt, etc. will be provided to students. In order to provide these necessary materials, all chorus students will have a $30 fee. This money will go toward a chorus shirt (if needed) as well as the end-of-year banquet, LGPE festival fees, honor choir music, and other classroom expenses.
Un lapiz (requerido), Ridgeview iPad (requerido), una botella de agua (sugerido), & pañuelos de papel (sugeridos)
Otros materiales como música, carpeta, y camisa de coro van a ser proporcionados a los estudiantes. Para proporcionar estos materiales, todos los estudiantes de coro deben hacer un pago de $30. Este dinero se usará para una camisa de coro (si lo necesita), un banquete al fin del año, el precio de participación en LGPE, música para los coros honores, y otros gastos del curso.
Concert Attendance / Asistencia de los Conciertos
Our concerts are the equivalent of our tests and final exams for each quarter, and each voice missing has an effect on the whole group. All absences for required events must be pre-excused via written permission from Ms. Gilbert. Students who receive such permission will make up their grade by singing all of the songs from the concert alone, with the piano part, in video recordings submitted for a grade.
Nuestros conciertos son equivalentes a nuestros exámenes finales para el cuarto, y cada voz que falta afecta el grupo entero. Todas las ausencias para eventos obligatorios deben ser excusados por la Sra. Gilbert. Los estudiantes quienes tengan permiso tendrán que cantar las mismas canciones del evento al que no asistieron y grabar el video para entregarlo por una nota de exámen.
About the Ridgeview Choral ProgramFor many years, Ridgeview Charter School has had one of the strongest middle school music programs in Fulton County. About 70% of the school's population is enrolled in band, chorus, or orchestra, and the school's performing ensembles consistently receive ratings of superior and excellent at Georgia's Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). The chorus program alone has over 200 students from grades 6-8. These students are divided into six daily classes, with two sections per grade level. In chorus class, students are taught how to read sheet music, sing independent parts, and recognize one's significance as a team member.
About Ms. Gilbert
Ms. Gilbert is now in her third year of teaching at Ridgeview. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, she got her start in the choral world in the 4th grade when she began singing with the Chattanooga Girls Choir. She decided in high school that she wanted to become a choir director, so she studied vocal music education at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN where she served as Director of the Wesley Singers for two years. She then moved to Dallas, Texas to get her masters in choral conducting from Southern Methodist University. She spent a year as a private music teacher, giving lessons in voice, ukulele, and piano to students in pre-K through high school. She and her husband moved to Atlanta in June 2017 upon her appointment as director of choirs at Ridgeview Charter School.
Ms. Gilbert is a firm believer in choral music's ability not only to improve the lives of individuals but also to strengthen and build communities. She aspires to use choral music as a means of bringing about positive social change by building community first from within the ensemble and then expanding to the greater population the choir serves. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as choir director in a community so culturally rich and economically diverse.