Welcome to the Academy Choral Department. My name is Beth Brooks and I am excited about the 2019-2020 school year! With an extensive background as a professional performer, as well as over 16 years of experience teaching music literacy, vocal pedagogy, and beginning piano and ukulele, I strive to expand my students’ musical experiences while building their confidence, their communication skills, and their appreciation for the arts. Each grade level course that I teach has been tailored to do just that.
In 6th grade, students are given fundamentals in music literacy, as well as an introduction to ukulele and chorus techniques in a 9-weeks general music class. Near the conclusion of the course, family and friends are invited into the music classroom for an informal showcase of what the students have learned. Students also have the opportunity to teach their visitors a few of their newly acquired skills. In 7th and 8th grade, students participate in a semester of chorus or, if highly interested, they can audition to join an elite group of choral majors for a full year of study in our Visual & Performing Arts Company (V-PAC).