Tutor: Karen Bjorlin
|Length: Full Year||Class Period: Thursday, eCHAT period 2 (10:00 -10:45 a.m.)|
Description: This is so much more than just a kids’ choir. We will learn some basics on how to sing and perform, and in addition, we will also learn about music. Students will grow in appreciation for the music masters as we learn about their lives and listen to some of their compositions. They will learn musical terms and basic musical notation through the use of games, rhythm instruments, and “Boom Whackers” the new millenniums version of the old fashioned bell choir. They will learn something new about music each week. Most of all, we will sing songs that Glorify our Lord and are fun and educational.
Grace Notes will perform at both the Christmas Celebration and Spring Showcase. ($5 has been added to the price of the class to help cover performance expenses.)
The Christmas Celebration date is Thursday, December 14, 2019. The Spring Showcase is Monday, May 11, 2020.
Vocal coach/director: Karen Bjorlin started her singing career with a solo in church at age 3, and her love of music grew from there. Singing in church became a mainstay and a springboard to many vocal opportunities including musical theater. She also performed in a contemporary Christian band,Steadfast. Having over 5 years experience of being a worship leader at several different churches has given her a solid foundation of worship leading styles and techniques. She has also been a worship team leader and section leader in the Westwood Worship Choir and a sectional leader in the Grace Chapel choir. Karen enjoys working with children and youth and has taught singing to students ages preschool to adult. She was the vocal director for Southwest Christian High School’s 2006 performance of The Sound of Music. She was also the vocal director for WATCH (Westwood Arts and Theater Company for Him) and has directed the music for 10 musical productions including Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Pilgrim, and Acts – A City Rising. Karen has had 11 years private piano and 4 years of private vocal training. She has also studied music at MacPhail Center for Music in Mpls. This will be her 7th year directing choir at CHAT. She has four children, all home educated, and all graduated from high school.
Cost: $107 per semester
Level: Grades 3-4
Homework: Minimal practicing with rehearsal tracks on website to learn songs and memorize lyrics