Clydene Balke

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Clydene Balke

Per. 1 Piano
Per. 2 Men's Choir
Per. 3 Prep
Per. 4 Vocal Ensemble
Per. 5 Lunch
Per. 6 Women's Choir
Per. 7 Concert Choir

Clydene Balke has been teaching in the Glendale Union HS District since 1993 and at Apollo since 2005. She is the choir and piano teacher as well as the department chair for the Performing Arts Department and serves as theatre assistant director. 

Balke has a bachelor's degree in English Education from IUPUI in addition to being certified in music. She also holds a Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in reading from Chapman University. Balke is an active member of Arizona Choral Educators and Arizona Music Educators Association.  


Class Descriptions:

Women's Choir
‚Äčdesigned for all females who are interested in participating in a vocal performance group as a beginning to intermediate level singer.  No past experience is required. Students will learn how to sing, read music, and perform with their maturing voices.

 

Men's Choir
designed for all males who are interested in participating in a vocal performance group as a beginning to intermediate level singer.  No past experience is required.  Students will learn how to sing, read music, and perform with their maturing voices.

 

Concert Choir
is by audition only.  Students exhibit maturity and advanced musical ability. Concert Choir will have opportunities to perform at various events and concerts.

 

Vocal Ensemble
is by audition only.  This is a select choir for students who have shown advanced leadership skills, self-control, musicianship, sight-singing ability, and positive attitudes.  Vocal Ensemble will be expected to perform additional concert and functions on campus and in the local community.  They will also be required to audition for the All-Region Honor Choir. 

 

Piano

Students are assigned an individual piano keyboard.  Students work independently with headphones at their own stations each day.  Students must have a higher level of maturity to be able to work independently on their own assignments.  Every other week students are required to play their assignments aloud for the teacher.  Every 3 weeks, students are required to memorize their piece and play in front of the class. At the end of each semester, each student performs in the auditorium in front of a public audience.  





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