Chorus Handbook

2016-2017 Barber Chorus Handbook

Mr. Jonathan Fallis


Classroom Expectations

We are one big family. That means we have each other’s back. I will always stick up for you if you are doing the right thing. Let’s review the do’s and don’ts of chorus…


  • Do
    • Be on time to class.
    • Your best.
    • Speak in a polite tone.
    • Find your seat and place agenda and binder under your chair.
    • Treat the director, students, and class materials with respect.
    • Have fun!
    • Return your binder to your seat when class is over
    • Clean up around your area.
    • Bring water to class if you need it.
  • Do NOT
    • Run in the classroom.
    • Make excessive noise – yelling, laughing too loud…
    • Make unnecessary movement.
    • Destroy music or teaching materials.
    • Display unkind behavior – verbal or physical abuse toward other class members
    • Act rude – ridicule, bad manners, tattling.
    • Argue with the director or another class member
    • Have food, drink, candy , or gum in the room.


Students are not permitted to play the piano or keyboards in the classroom without specific instruction from the director.

Calendar Dates

Please review the calendar dates on the chorus website and add them to your calendar:

** Every singer is of the utmost importance to our choirs; therefore, concert attendance is mandatory and expected.

Audience Concert Etiquette

Students will be working very hard this year and some of their most exciting moments will be our concerts. Our young musicians deserve to be rewarded with the attentive and mindful audience they deserve. Parents are expected to assist with this by ensuring their family members are aware of audience expectations and model that expectation for their children and other family members. Here are some reminders for concert etiquette:

  • Dress in a respectful manner.
  • Enter the auditorium in an orderly fashion and find a seat.
  • Talking, cell phone use, and other disruptions are considered rude to the performers and audience members around you.
  • Audience members should not leave the auditorium during the concert unless the concert has ended OR there is an emergency.

Thank you for helping make our concerts be the best in Cobb County!


Order forms will be distributed at a later date.

  • 6th Grade:
    • Black Shoes, Black Socks, Black Pants, and Barber Chorus T-Shirt
    • Hair out of face (bun, ponytail, half-up half-down, etc…)
  • 7th & 8th Grade Women:
    • Black Concert Dress & Black Dress Shoes
    • Hair out of face (bun, ponytail, half-up half-down, etc…)
  • 7th & 8th Grade Men:
    • Black Dress Shoes
    • BLACK SOCKS!!! (We aren’t Michael Jackson J)
    • Tux Pants
    • Tux Shirt
    • Cumberbund and Bowtie


40% – Ability to demonstrate rehearsal etiquette and choral skills in daily rehearsal.

20% – Ability to demonstrate daily sight reading within rehearsals.

25% – Projects, tests, concert attendance.

15% – Classwork; quizzes, listening journal, music theory.



I will not tolerate behavior that interferes with instruction. We will follow the Warrior Way Behavior card process for minor behavioral issues. The process is…

  1. Warning
  2. Mark on Warrior Way Card & Student serves silent lunch
  3. If behavior continues, student will receive another mark and parent conference
  4. If behavior continues, student will receive a detention
  5. If behavior continues, student will be referred to the office for disciplinary action.

If a student does something that is blatantly inappropriate for the classroom setting; the student will be sent to the office for disciplinary action.

Media Release

“I give consent for my child to be photographed or video recorded by the Barber Chorus Program for the purpose of academic work or promotional media.”

This statement will appear on the sign off page of the handbook acceptance. There will be an option to accept or decline this portion.


I will post daily blog updates here on what we are covering in class. It will also hold ALL pertinent information about chorus. Please bookmark this page in your browser so you can access it quickly!

Money Turn In

Students who need to turn in money for ANY reason need to…

  1. Get an envelope from the money bin.
  2. Fill out the information on the front of the envelope.
  3. Place the check, cash, or money order inside and seal it.
  4. Immediately put the envelope into the black box located outside the orchestra room.

*The director reserves the right to make schedule changes if a student is showing they are not a good fit for chorus.*

Last but not least….

If you ever have questions about what is expected do not hesitate to email me: