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COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS

 

Students are expected to:

·          Arrive in the classroom on time with instruments and necessary accessories (strings, rosin shoulder rest, mute, cleaning cloth, etc.) and be seated by the posted starting time for the class.

  • Participate in each rehearsal and concert by playing his/her instrument unless excused prior to the rehearsal or concert by the teacher.
  • Demonstrate co-operation by following directions and classroom rules.
  • Complete written and playing assignments on time.
  • Show evidence of home practice by turning in a signed practice sheet by the End of the Quarter Date, which will be announced in class, and by being able to play the assigned orchestra music.
  • Keep a folder of all worksheets, tests and hand-outs.
  • Bring a music folder and music (provided by me) WITH A PENCIL to every in class and outside rehearsal and concert.
  • Contribute to a positive class environment, demonstrating good citizenship by refraining from:

talking or playing when instructions are being given or teacher is listening to an individual or section play.

playing and talking  when the director is on the podium.

            moving around within the classroom during instruction.

            having gum, food or drinks in the room.

            wearing hats in class or in performance.

  • Keep instrument in good playing condition.
  • Participate in performances and required rehearsals UNLESS EXCUSED PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE or REHEARSAL.  Please, see PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES ON NEXT PAGE 3 FOR EXPLANATION OF EXCUSED ABSENCES.
  • Be responsible for maintaining your music folder and keeping all sheet music handed out in class well organized.
  • Work appropriately in practice rooms when assigned there.
  • Check the website and bulletin board for notices, dates, assignments, etc.

·         Return all permission slips and other documents requiring parental signatures.

 

 

 

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Parents are expected to:

 

  • Read the REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSIC CLASSES and discuss them with their child.

            Sign and return in a timely fashion all permission slips and other forms.

 

·          If you know your child will be absent from a mandatory rehearsal or performance, I ask that you inform me NO LESS THAN TWO WEEKS in advance. This must be done by email, written note, or call to the teacher by the parent.  Illness, religious obligations, and family emergencies (i.e. accident, illness, or death) are considered excused absences, but still remember to notify the teacher even in these cases. If a student is absent the day of a performance or rehearsal due to illness, religious obligation, or family emergency, a call to my cell #864-517-5700 will be sufficient.

 

  • If possible, provide the student with an instrument which is in good playing condition, and the necessary accessories needed to play and maintain the instrument.  If there is a need, an instrument will be provided from the school collection.

 

  • Help the student to be well organized by getting his/her performance dates entered on the family calendar and giving them priority.

 

  • Support the student's musical activities by attending performances. It is important for him/her to know that you want to hear the groups play and that you support his/her musical education.  You might even consider attending University or other professional concerts with your child.  This is very beneficial in terms of his or her musical education, and something the school can not always provide.

 

  • Notify the teacher if you have any question about your child's work in the class or any other matters which may be of concern to either of you.  This is very important, some situations may get out of hand if an open line of communication is not made.  I want you to feel comfortable to voice any concerns at any point in the year so that I may be better able to service your student’s learning needs.

 

v         It is important that the student, parent and teacher work together to achieve success in music as well as in the personal and educational aspects of the class.

 

 

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Teacher is expected to:

 

  • Be prepared for instruction and provide appropriate curricular materials, instruction and guidance.

 

  • Provide a variety of challenging music for the students' use in learning and for performances.

 

  • Inform students and parents if class work, behavior or other standards are not being met.

 

  • Inform students and parents of assignments, performance dates, and other necessary information.

 

  • Provide a positive classroom atmosphere in which students can work without interference from others.

 

  • Supervise all activities, including inside and outside of class.

 

  • Be punctual for all activities and provide timely information for students and parents.

 

  • Inform students and parents as to departure and arrival times when traveling to and from a performance outside of school.

 

  • Provide a positive and enriching musical experience for all students.

 

ORCHESTRA RULES 

 

THE RULES ARE LISTED SPECIFICALLY ON THE COURSE REQUIREMENT PAGE.  HERE THEY ARE IN ABBREVIATED FASHION:

 

ALL STUDENTS WILL:

 

1. BRING INSTRUMENT, MUSIC, AND A PENCIL TO ALL REHEARSALS.

 

2. GIVE THEIR FULL ATTENTION AND KIND RESPECT TO WHOMEVER IS ON THE DIRECTOR'S PODIUM

 

3. REFRAIN FROM CHEWING GUM OR EATING/DRINKING IN THE MUSIC ROOM

 

4. BE IN HIS/HER SEAT AT THE ASSIGNED START-UP TIME

 

5. PARTICIPATE IN ALL PERFORMANCES AND REHEARSALS

 

6. MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARE FOR HIS/HER INSTRUMENT

 

7. REMEMBER THAT CAPS AND HATS ARE NOT APPROPRIATE TO WEAR IN THIS CLASS

 

 

 

CONSEQUENCES:

 

1. NO INSTRUMENT:  No class participation points for that day.  Student may be assigned another task.

 

2. NO PENCIL OR MUSIC:  Deduction of class participation points.

 

3. TALKING OR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR:  Student is given first warning.  Second warning, student/teacher conference after class and class participation points are deducted.  Third warning, class participation points are deducted, parent is called and situation is explained.

 

4. EATING OR DRINKING IN CLASS: student will be given a warning and item will be held until after class. Second, offense student will be given a detention and points will be deducted. Bottled water is acceptable during instruction.

 

5. TARDINESS:  Refer to school-wide discipline policy.

 

6. PERFORMANCE ABSENCE:  With prior notification from a parent, as outlined in this packet, if an absence is considered excused by means of illness, religious obligation, or family emergency, there will be no penalty.  If an absence is unexcused, the grade will reflect the loss of all the points for the concert or rehearsal.  

 

7. CAPS IN CLASS:  Caps will be kept by the teacher until after school and class points will be deducted.

GRADES

          Grades in Orchestra will appear on the student's report card at the end of every quarter.  Approximately every 5 weeks in between quarters, students will also be given a progress report. 

         

PLEASE NOTE:   I use a software program to compute grades.  The components of the grade system are detailed below.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE THAT WHEN A REPORTING PERIOD HAS NO CONCERT IN IT, THE WEEKLY PRACTICE RECORDS, CLASS PARTICIPATION AND OTHER ASSIGNMENTS BECOME MORE IMPORTANT, AS THEY ARE THE ONLY MEANS TO DETERMINE THE GRADE. 

 

The grade is based all or part of the following: Percentages will vary depending upon the number of assignments/tests, etc. given in a certain grade period.

 

·         WEEKLY PRACTICE PROJECT to be turned in on the designated date at end of each quarter. Students are assigned 80 minutes per week.  Students that wish to excel in their seating auditions, sight check auditions, and overall stage performances should plan to practice more.  Students will be responsible to keep their practice sheet completed and obtain a parent signature on a weekly basis. 

 

  • IN CLASS SECTIONAL REHEARSALS, OUTSIDE OF CLASS REHEARSALS AND CONCERTS.

 

  • CLASS PARTICIPATION (attendance, playing instrument each day, having music and pencil in class, response to instruction, deportment, etc.)

 

  • TESTS AND QUIZES, RECORDED PLAYING TESTS, WRITTEN WORK, CONCERT REPORTS (one concert report required per semester)

 

·         OTHER, including returning permission slips and other documents requiring parental signatures, etc.

 

 

Note: Extra credit assignments are offered to make up for lost points:

You are allowed up to 100 points extra credit per quarter.

 

Extra Credit Opportunities:

Note: extra credit must be turned in at the end of the quarter attached to the completed “Extra Credit” sheet which can be printed off the orchestra web site.

Concert report (50 points), rehearsal or concert setup (25 points), extra practice minutes (each hour is worth 25 points), performance outside of school (25 points-one allowed per semester), music research paper or analysis paper on a piece of music or composer we are working on in class (50 points-one allowed per semester), Additional extra credit opportunities may be allowed when offered by Ms. Rex or Mr. Hinston.

 

 

Standards and assessment issues are important in music as well as in all other subjects.  Arts education has been at the forefront in these areas, being the first discipline to have National Standards.  An ‘A’ student in music must be exemplary, fulfilling the requirements as listed above.

 

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED

 

  • You will need a report (soft cover) style folder to use as your orchestra notebook.  In this, you will keep all handouts.

 

·         IF YOU ARE RENTING OR USING YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT, YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR NAME MARKED ON YOUR INSTRUMENT CASE. PLEASE PURCHASE A GOOD QUALITY LUGGAGE TAG WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS CLEARLY MARKED ON IT AND ATTACH IT TO THE CASE HANDLE.

 

  • Violin and viola players will need rosin, a cleaning cloth, shoulder pad, and mute.

 

·         Cello and Bass players will need rosin, a cleaning cloth, mute, and an end pin stop, board or other such device for performances on stage or other non-carpeted rooms.

 

  • A music stand for home practice is highly recommended-playing on a table or out of a case causes poor technique.

 

ALL OF THE ABOVE WILL BE REQUIRED BY Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 2 nd .

 

·         On the due date, each student will be given a complete or incomplete grade based on their possession of these vital supplies.

 

Chair Auditions

 

          Every orchestra student must audition for a chair placement. Auditions for the first half of the year will be held September 22 nd -October 3 rd.  Auditions will take place both during class hours. Students will be asked to play an excerpt of a predetermined piece chosen by Ms. Rex and Mr. Hinston. If they are auditioning for a principal position they will need to play a solo of 2-3 minutes of their choosing in addition to their orchestral excerpts. (Honor’s Orchestra Only)  A copy of the student’s selection must be provided by the student to the director during the audition.  The student will also receive a grade upon their completion of the assignment based on preparedness, timeliness, and overall professionalism. 

CONCERT DRESS

 

BOYS:  WHITE BUTTON-UP LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT, BLACK DRESS PANTS, BLACK SHOES AND BLACK SOCKS.   

GIRLS:  BLACK FULL LENGTH SKIRT OR PANT, WHITE BLOUSE ¾ TO FULL LENGTH SLEEVES, BLACK NYLONS AND BLACK “CLOSE TOED” DRESS SHOES. 

POPS CONCERTS: JEANS, HHS ORCHESTRA T-SHIRTS, AND TENNIS SHOES.

 

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PURCHASE THESE ITEMS, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTACT MS. REX OR MR. HINSTON AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER READING THIS PACKET.  THINK ABOUT THIS NOW SO THAT YOU ARE NOT SURPRISED SHORTLY BEFORE THE CONCERT.

 

Your signatures below indicate that you have read and understand the expectations and other instructions in this packet.

                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tear off and return this portion to class by Friday, August 29 th .

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I have read and agree to the above information:

 

 

Student—Print Name: _______________________________________________________

 

 

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