Traverse City West Middle School Choir Handbook

2018 ~ 2019


September 4, 2018


Dear Choir Students and Parents / Guardians:


I am very excited about and looking forward to a fantastic year with all of the TC West Choirs – my fourth year at TCAPS and my 15th year of teaching! The following information details the responsibilities and opportunities of choir members including a link to our calendar of events, expectations, grading, concert attire, and performances opportunities. Students and parents, please read this information together so we are all on the same page.  Please complete the “e-signature” below as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact me with any questions by e-mail at




Mr. Dee

Calendar of Events

Please visit the calendar page of the website to view all currently scheduled concerts, choir parent meetings (optional...we need more volunteers), and other events. The online calendar will always be the most current and accurate information. If you choose to print a list of events, please confirm dates, times, and locations online to make sure that you have the correct information in case anything changes. 


Our first major event and the biggest event of the year is the 3rd Annual Choir Code Celebration (CCC) on Saturday, October 20th. Please visit the CCC Page for more information. 

A message about concerts...Concerts are CELEBRATIONS!  

Think about the last celebration you guess is that the following four things were present: Music (and probably singing), applause, strong emotions, physical connections.


Imagine the last birthday party you attended...

Everyone sang "Happy Birthday"

Everyone applauded when the special guest blew out the candles.

Strong emotions were heard, seen, felt, sensed.

People hugged, shook hands, gave high fives, etc.


Consider the connections between a concert and a celebration...



Strong Emotions


Hugs, High Fives, Etc.


Concerts are CELEBRATIONS! 

All of these things are reasons to consider concerts a celebration!

So then, if this is the case, I hope I will not hear the question...

"Do I have to come to the concert?"

Rather, I hope to hear...

"I can't wait for our next concert!" :-)


Unfortunately, life is not always this simple and sometimes conflicts arise. In these cases, please know that I will be understanding and supportive of your decisions as a family to do what is in your best interest. Just remember that every choir is a team and an extended family of people who depend on each other and every voice matters! 


Concerts are an opportunity for students to share with their friends and family the results of their hard work over the course of many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years! 

 I hope you will make it a priority to CELEBRATE the success of the Traverse City West MS Choirs with us at our CONCERTS this year!

Expectations = SING!

With your Attitude 1st

With your Actions 2nd

With your Voice 3rd


Be Respectful – Interact with people and property with respect at all times.


Be on time - Be in your assigned spot on time (early is better than just in time).

Raise your hand - If you wish to speak, please wait for me to call on you.

Treat others the way you wish to be treated - the Golden Rule.


Be Responsible – Plan ahead, be prepared, and think before you act.


Use the bathroom - before or after class (not during).

Spit out your gum - before class at the door.

Have all materials - including music, handouts, etc.

Bring a water bottle and no other liquids or food, please.

Thank you!


The Path of a TITAN provides an excellent example of classroom expectations.




Daily Attendance, Participation, and Class Work

   Learning Goals & Scales




Concert Attendance & Performance

   On time

   Appropriate Attitude

   Appropriate Attire

   Appropriate participation on and off stage

Concert / Performance Attire


Black pants or full-length black skirt (no skirts less than full-length and no form-fitting black pants...please no yoga pants or black jeans. Thank you.).

Black closed heel and closed toe dress shoes with flat or no higher than 1 1/2" heels.

Black socks, leggings or nylons to cover ankles & feet. Please don't show any skin. Thank you.


Girls: Long-sleeve or 3/4 length black shirt (please not low-cut) with a solid colored scarf in any shade of the following colors:


Please do not wear white or off-white or brown or patterned scarfs. Thank you.


Boys: Black, long-sleeve, button-up, dress shirt with collar, and solid colored tie (same colors as the girls). No bow ties, please. 


If you are unable to find / purchase any of these required items, please don't hesitate to let me know and I will do everything I can to help you. Thank you!


Additional Performance Opportunities 

Students will be made aware of additional performance opportunities as soon as possible and will be expected to participate if reasonable notice is given. I will notify you via e-mail ASAP if any dates change. 


If you are aware of previously scheduled engagements that conflict with events on the choir calendar NOW, please contact me immediately to discuss conflicts. Thank you.

If you would like to volunteer for any events, please complete the following TCAPS Volunteer Form

Links to related websites:

Visit the TC West Senior High

Choir Website: