Students will have one “free” opportunity to forget his/her instrument. After that, a student will begin to lose points toward their citizenship grade.
ASSIGNMENTS & TESTS
Practice Charts: Though it is best for musicians to practice EVERY day, MS elective band are required to practice 45 minutes per week outside of class. A good breakdown for this recommended time is 3,15-minute sessions. They may practice technical exercises, scales, ensemble music, solo music, or anything else they may have at home. Practice charts will be turned in with a parent/guardian signature. Practice charts and due dates will be given when the class has gotten organized and we are in a nice routine. IF STUDENTS ARE DEDICATED TO IMPROVING, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS EXCEED THE 45 MINUTE REQUIREMENT.
Other possible assignments will include scale tests, skill tests (on music or technique), theory packets, and performance reflections. These will be given based on the skills, needs, and schedules of each class.
Though elective grades are pass/fail it is important that students participate actively both in and out of class. Students must turn in at least half of the required practice charts each trimester to achieve a “Pass”. Additionally, remembering materials is also crucial. Students are allowed to forget their materials no more than 5 times each trimester for a “Pass”. Infractions will be given for not bringing required materials to class. Participation will also be reflected in the citizenship grade.
CARE OF INSTRUMENTS
It is important that students are responsible for their instrument (school or personal), know where they are, and that they will stay in good condition. If a student’s instrument is found on campus after school hours by a teacher, administrator, or custodian, the student will receive an infraction as a consequence.