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CCMS Choir

Welcome to CCMS Choir!

I am looking forward to an exciting, musical year. In order for our choir to sound its best, each of us needs to contribute to the best of our ability. The goals, expectations, and procedures outlined below will allow us to reach our fullest potential as a performing ensemble.

An Important Note About Distance Learning:

During the 2020-2021 school year, we will begin in Distance Learning mode. Your student should subscribe to the Google Classroom page for their choir (Singing Panthers or Voicestra), and be sure to attend all zoom meetings (on Monday and Thursday mornings), and complete all assignments on Google Classroom. The Google Classroom code for Singing Panthers is: 6k6yha7. The Google Classroom code for Voicestra is: 3yzkitr. The Google Classroom code for Ms. Koplinka-Loehr's Panther Pod advisory period on Wednesday mornings from 9:05-9:35 am is: yoz52jt. Please email me directly at: [email protected] if you have any questions or issues accessing Google Classroom.


Course Description:
The goal of the choral program is to produce students who are knowledgeable about music, have developed listening skills, can perform successfully with confidence, and can operate and cooperate within a structured framework. Students are not expected to become virtuoso musicians. Students are expected to establish both short and long range goals for vocal improvement, and to develop the skills and tools necessary to become life-long independent musicians and learners. In choir, students gain knowledge and skills in proper vocal technique, unison and two, three, or four-part singing, music reading, notation, terminology, ear training, critical analysis, and music history. Students perform a varied repertoire of music in different languages, cultures, and stylistic periods. For further information, please see the California State Music Content Standards here.

Singing is a skill. Skills need to be practiced to improve. Singers at CCMS are musicians. Like any skill, it becomes more fun the more you practice! You are members of a musical TEAM that requires 100% participation.
  • Students are expected to be in class every day, on time. By the time the bell rings, students will be seated with their folder and a pencil.
  • Students will maintain a positive attitude at all times, to themselves, each other, and the director. Encourage one another!
  • Always follow along during rehearsal and mark your own music quickly.
  • Listen attentively, even when your section is not singing. Follow along in your own music, to improve your music-reading skills.
  • Students are expected to work to master the singing skills required, and ask for help when needed.
  • Maintain vocal health: drink lots of water, and avoid shouting or excessively loud talking.
  • Students will keep track of performance dates and attend all concerts.

It is my goal to excite all students about music and singing, and to provide them with meaningful music instruction in a positive, supportive learning environment. If you have any questions about the class or your child’s progress, please contact me at (310) 842-4200, ext. 5001, or [email protected], and I will be happy to speak with you. I very much look forward to working with all of you this year!

Musically yours,

Ms. Danielle Koplinka-Loehr, CCMS Choir Director


Chromatic Scale Example

This is a CCMS Choir singer performing the Chromatic Scale, for you to listen to and practice! Make sure to use the hand signs shown when performing your Chromatic Scale.

Hi awesome CCMS Choir Singers!
I will be having office hours tomorrow (Thursday) from 11am-2pm for students to check in and complete pass-offs, ask questions, etc. Today I used a Google Hangout (which you can still access until 3 pm today, Wednesday 3/18) for connecting virtually. Tomorrow (Thursday, 3/19) I will do a Zoom call from 11am-2pm.
Please be sure to check Google Classroom for all assignments this week! You should have received emails about joining the CCMS Voicestra or Singing Panthers Google Classroom. You have several listening assignments and two online quizzes to complete before this Friday at 3:00 pm. Be sure to stay on top of your work even when you are at home! Be safe, and stay healthy--and keep singing!

Please check your email for your Google Classroom invite!

Dear CCMS Choir students,
You should have received an email from me in your school email this morning inviting you to join Google Classroom. I also emailed your families (and you) to invite you to join Google Classroom. During distance learning this week, we will all be using Google Classroom (or Canvas) at CCMS to post and turn in assignments.
Please reach out if you have any questions or trouble signing on to Google Classroom. Stay healthy, and keep singing!
Ms. Koplinka-Loehr