Ms. Maas

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hug

Contact Info

Miss Tanya Maas
Vocal Music
tanya.maas@ops.org

402-5547-4400

WELCOME!

Hello R.M. Marrs Magnet Middle School!

Welcome to Chorus! 

Chorus is a group of people coming together to sing, and every day in class that is exactly what we do! 

Throughout the year, we explore and learn about the various parts of being a good singer. The four basic physical elements of singing are:
1. Posture (how we stand when we sing)
2. Breath (how we breathe in a good singer's breath)
3. Breath Support (what we do with the air once we've breathed in)
4. Mouth Formation (how our mouths should be formed to create the fullest, most mature sound)

We also learn how to read music using our Solfege syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do), our rhythm syllables (ta, ti-ti, ta-ah, etc), our note names (A B C D E F G on treble and bass clefs), and our note types and values (quarter note = 1 beat, half note = 2 beats, eighth note = 1/2 beat, quarter rest = 1 beat of silence, etc).

As with any subject, we have many vocabulary words to learn and use as we sing. We spend the year learning and applying the different types of Tempo, Dynamics, and Articulation vocabulary in music.

We use octavos (songs) from different parts of the world, different time periods, in different languages, and from different genres to learn about history, culture, and the many different types of music there are out in the world.

Most importantly, we spend the year growing confident singers and fostering a a joy of music. 
As the great Headmaster Dumbledore said: "Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here."

Biography

I was born and raised in Wisconsin.
 After graduating from high school, I got my undergrad degree in vocal music with a double minor in education and english from Luther College in Decorah, IA.
I moved to Omaha in August 2014 to student teach at Benson West Elementary and Benson High School.
I was hired here at Marrs Magnet Center in the summer of 2015 and have been here ever since. This is my 4th year teaching 6-8 chorus.

Academics

2018-2019 Performance Dates

5th Grade

Marrs Choral Winter Concert (required)
When: Tues. Dec. 11, 2018 @ 7:00pm -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Marrs Magnet Center Gym

South Area Concert (select 5th grade chorus students only)
When: Tues. Apr. 30, 2019 @ 7:30 -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Bryan High School

Marrs Choral Spring Concert (required)
When: Tues. May 7, 2019 @ 7:00pm -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Marrs Magnet Center Gym

6th Grade

Bella Cantar Music Festival (required)
When: Fri. Dec. 7, 2018 @ AM
Where: South High School Auditorium

Marrs Choral Winter Concert (required)
When: Tues. Dec. 11, 2018 @ 7:00pm -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Marrs Magnet Center Gym

All City Music Festival Rehearsal (select 6th grade chorus students only)
When: Sat. Feb. 2, 2019 @ TBA
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center

All City Music Festival (select 6th grade chorus students only)
When: Sun. Feb. 3, 2019 @ TBA
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center

South Area Concert (select 6th grade chorus students only)
When: Tues. Apr. 30, 2019 @ 7:30 -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Bryan High School

Marrs Choral Spring Concert (required)
When: Tues. May 7, 2019 @ 7:00pm -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Marrs Magnet Center Gym

7th Grade

Marrs Choral Winter Concert (required)
When: Tues. Dec. 11, 2018 @ 7:00pm -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Marrs Magnet Center Gym

All City Music Festival Rehearsal (select 7th grade chorus students only)
When: Sat. Feb. 2, 2019 @ TBA
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center

All City Music Festival (select 7th grade chorus students only)
When: Sun. Feb. 3, 2019 @ TBA
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center

Marrs Choral Spring Concert (required)
When: Tues. May 7, 2019 @ 7:00pm -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Marrs Magnet Center Gym

8th Grade

Marrs Choral Winter Concert (required)
When: Tues. Dec. 11, 2018 @ 7:00pm -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Marrs Magnet Center Gym

All City Music Festival Rehearsal (select 8th grade chorus students only)
When: Sat. Feb. 2, 2019 @ TBA
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center

All City Music Festival (select 8th grade chorus students only)
When: Sun. Feb. 3, 2019 @ TBA
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center

8th Grade Adjudication (required)
When: Fri. Mar. 29, 2019 @ TBA (during school)
Where: TAC Building

Marrs Choral Spring Concert (required)
When: Tues. May 7, 2019 @ 7:00pm -- Students to school by 6:30pm
Where: Marrs Magnet Center Gym


Miss Maas' Daily Schedule

Contract Hours: 7:25-3:25

Advisement: 5th Grade Rm. 265 (7:40-8:03)

Period 1: 8th Grade Chorus Rm. 119 (8:07-8:52)
Period 2: 8th Grade Chorus Rm. 119 (8:55-9:40)

Period 3: 6th Grade Chorus Rm. 119 (9:44-10:29)
Period 4: 6th Grade Chorus Rm. 119 (10:32-11:17)

Period 5 & 6: Plan (11:21-12:56)

Lunch: Music Office (12:56-1:26)

Period 7: 7th Grade Chorus Rm. 119 (1:32-2:17)
Period 8: 7th Grade Chorus Rm. 119 (2:20-3:05)

After School Duty: Music Hallway Supervision (3:05-3:12)