Phillip Schorg

Phillip Schorg holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Dakota, a Masters degree in Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as Kodály certification from Nebraska Wesleyan University.   He is in his 22nd year as a Music specialist in the Omaha Public Schools and is presently teaching at Alfonza W. Davis Middle School.. 


Vocal Music

Instructional Philosophy

I believe that all students should be in a music class of some kind, vocal or instrumental.  Students need to move, sing and play rhythm instruments to songs that they are learning.  Students need to be able to talk about music using musical language, and students need to be given the opportunity to listen to great music and music from many cultures, for music is what makes us human.

Mr. Schorg


Contact Info



(402)561-6130 ext. 8961009

402-561-6130 ext 8961009


Alfonza W. Davis Middle School

Chorus Syllabus


Instructor: Mr. Schorg


Office Phone Number: 402-561-6130

Plan Periods: A and B day 5/6

Office/Classroom 013

Best times to contact: Plan period


Instructional Philosophy.. I personally believe that keeping music programs in schools is a “no-brainer”.  Music connects children with the past, the present, and the future and gives them something in which to take pride.  Music is all around us and it should be analyzed, interpreted, internalized, and appreciated.  As Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” After all, it would be a shame to deprive children of something that builds character and changes lives the way that music does.


Chorus Procedures and Expectations:

Absence and tardy Policies: It is the responsibility of each student to get missed work from another student or Mr. Schorg .

Davis School Expectations:

  1. Be Safe....Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself at all times
  2. Be respectful...Follow Directions the first time given.
  3. Be responsible...Arrive on time with all of your materials.

Music Room Expectations:

1. Each student shall arrive to class prepared....(With pencil, agenda, notebook and sit in assigned  seat.)

2 . Keep ALL distractions to a minimum...(.talking, tapping, blurting out, etc...)

3. Complete ALL work.

4. NO GUM, food, drinks, candy, etc. combs, picks, lip balm, phones, etc....anything other then the required items for class are NOT allowed.

Each student will be responsible for the rules in OPS according to the student hand book.

Consequences: 3 infractions = individual conference with student ... After 3 infractions the referral will be sent to administrative offices.


Important dates:

December 14, 2017 at  6:30-7:30 - Winter Chorus Concert at Davis

February 3, 2018-All-City Music Festival At the Holland (selected 6th, 7th and 8th grade students)

May 1, 2018 at 7:30 - Northwest Area Concert at Northwest (6th grade chorus students)

May 17, 2018 – 6:00-8:30 PM  - Spring Chorus Concert at Davis





Assessments and grading:

OPS Secondary Grading Practices*

There are two types of grades:

Formative (65% of final grade)

Summative (35% of final grade)

To maintain alignment of coursework to content standards, which is a key best practice for standards-based grading; teachers will utilize a standardized naming convention for each of the standards within a course. The content standard will be marked on each assignment entered into Infinite Campus (District Grading Program) using all capital letters followed by a colon. After the colon will be the title of the coursework. At the end of the grading period, scores are converted to a letter grade using this grading scale.


A = 3.26 – 4.00

B = 2.51 – 3.25

C = 1.76 - 2.50

D = 1.01 - 1.75

F = 0.00 – 1.00


Redoing/Revising Student Coursework


1.     Students are responsible for completing all coursework and assessments as assigned.

2.     Students will be allowed re-dos and revisions of coursework for full credit as long as they are turned in during that unit of study while a student still has an opportunity to benefit from the learning.

3.     When time permits teachers should allow the redoing or revising of summative assessments. Students are expected to complete assessments when given to the class, or if a student was justifiably absent, at a time designated by the teacher.






Parent or Guardian signature is required:  ________________________________________________________

Date: ___________________________________