MVHS and MVMS Band Expectations

♫ Welcome to MVHS Band! ♫

Band is a lot of fun and rewarding! You are sure to be successful if you keep all of the rules, attend all performances, and practice at home. You will be pushed to be a better musician and I hope you will learn a lot and have fun! This is an outline of what you can expect in this class and what I expect of you.


Classroom rules

  • Dedication, focus, and hard work are expected in here.

    • The size of our ensemble is not an excuse for mediocrity.

  • This will be a positive environment. Absolutely no negativity will be tolerated.

    • Constructive criticism and feedback is welcome as long as it is given in a positive,  appropriate and respectful way.

  • NO cell phones during rehearsal! They are allowed only during tuning.

    • Please do not waste our valuable time. Each time I see your phone out you will owe one minute of lunch time.

  • You must have a pencil and actively mark your music during rehearsal.

  • No gum. At all. Ever. This is band, people! Snacks are permitted only before the bell.

  • Please keep our room clean. Consistent messes will result in no food entering the room.

  • Piano playing may be done only after your instrument is assembled and must stop at the bell. You may also play at break time but must stop when I call everyone back together.

    • I really love to have you creatively express yourselves at the piano but… please do not waste our valuable time. If you continue to play the piano after the bell or after break is over you will owe me time at lunch.


Required Materials

  • Your instrument!

  • A folder containing your music and A PENCIL.

  • Bandmate Chromatic Tuner app. If you don’t have a smartphone you can borrow from a friend or from me.


Daily Procedures

  • Clutter-free space. Backpacks are placed elsewhere.

  • Put your instrument together immediately. No one is allowed to play the piano until their instrument is assembled and all piano playing stops at the bell.

  • We warm up together, with the Bb concert scale followed by the scales of the month.

  • 5 minute pass-offs. I will call each name until we run out of time.

  • Tuning by section, group, and individual. Phones are then put away.

  • Begin rehearsal. List is on the board. Percussion needs to be ready.


Grading

Concerts 100-150 points

Missing performances will severely affect your grade. Extreme emergencies will be dealt

with on an individual basis. ***Hunter safety, sporting events, or dentist appointment

(just a  few examples) will NOT be excused.***

If you no-show to a concert (no communication with me beforehand) you will NOT be

allowed to make up any points. If you have an emergency you may be allowed to

do an assignment to earn a maximum of 80%.

Pep band performances 50 points

Missing pep band will severely affect your grade. Emergencies will be dealt with on an
individual basis. If you are participating in the sporting event we are playing at or are out

of town for a different sporting event you will be allowed to make up the full points.

Music Theory Assignments (points will vary)

Written Theory Tests (points will vary)

Scale Pass-offs 25 points/scale

Pass-offs can be done at the beginning of class or before school. Each month we

will focus on two scales and they must be passed off during that month. You may redo

a scale for a higher grade at any time during that period. Once we have moved on to new

scales your highest score will be put into the grade book.

Part Checks 25 points

There will be several part checks each semester done at random. These will be chosen
from material we are actively working on. You must practice on your own in order to be
prepared for these! They are done in front of the class as a section. If you are a lone

member you may choose to do it privately. If you fail your part check you must see me

before or after school to receive extra help within a week or receive a zero.


Percussion Auditions

This year we are fortunate enough to have several percussionists. However, we do not have enough parts for you all to play. Before starting work on concert pieces I will audition the percussionists. If you do not make the cut to play a part for that concert you will be put on a brass instrument. Don’t worry! I will help you, it will not be a difficult part, and it will be great for you to learn something new! You will still be considered a percussionist, will pass off scales on percussion and will have a chance to audition again for the next concert.






Concerts and other performances

The performance schedule will be given well in advance so you can plan on being to each one. If you miss a performance it will severely affect your grade! We are all counting on each other to show up. These concerts showcase all of your hard work to your family, friends, school, and community. They are very important!


Concert attire is dress black and white. No t-shirts or blue jeans. Girls may wear dress pants or a dress or skirt as long as it is below the knee. Boys may wear a tie but it is not required.


♫ Welcome to MVMS Band! ♫

Band is a lot of fun and rewarding! You are sure to be successful if you keep all of the rules, attend all performances, and practice at home. You will be pushed to be a better musician and I hope you will learn a lot and have fun! This is an outline of what you can expect in this class and what I expect of you.


Classroom rules

  • Always actively participate. Be mentally present and don’t complain.

  • Only play your instrument when you are supposed to be playing it.

  • Be prepared with your instrument, music, folder, and pencil (don’t use anything else to write on your music).

  • NO gum and NO food. Water is the only drink allowed in the room.

  • NO phones or other toys.

  • Be on time. This means your instrument is out when the bell rings.

  • Keep the room clean.

  • Only touch your own instrument, don’t mess with any other instruments.

  • NO homework from other classes during our class.


Required Materials

  • Your instrument!

  • A folder containing your music and A PENCIL.

  • Bandmate Chromatic Tuner app. If you don’t have a smartphone you can borrow from a friend or from me.


Daily Procedures

  • Clutter-free space. Backpacks are placed elsewhere.

  • Get a stand and find your assigned seat.

  • If I’m at my stand all talking and playing stops.

  • We will warm up, tune, then have 3 pass offs.

  • The rehearsal schedule for the day will be on the board.









Grading

Concerts 100-150 points

Missing performances will severely affect your grade. Extreme emergencies will be dealt

with on an individual basis. ***Hunter safety, sporting events or dentist appointments

(a few examples) will NOT be excused.***

If you no-show to a concert (no communication with me beforehand) you will NOT be

allowed to make up any points. If you have an emergency you may be allowed to

do an assignment to earn a maximum of 80%.

Music theory assignments and tests (points vary)

Pass-offs 25 points/pass off

Pass-offs can be done at the beginning of class or during after school lessons.

  • 6th: Each month, you must pass-off two assigned numbers from the book.

  • 7th and 8th: Each month, you must pass-off the scale of the month AND any 4-8 measures of your choosing (with notes) from any of the pieces we are working on.

Pass-offs double as a grade AND earn you band bucks with a perfect score. You may

redo pass-offs for a higher score until the end of the month.


Band Bucks

There will be a band store with items you can purchase with your band bucks. It will be open periodically throughout the year. There are several ways to earn band bucks.

One band buck for every 15 minutes practiced outside of class. This is documented on a practice sheet complete with parent initial and details of what was practiced.

Two band bucks for every after school lesson you attend.

Two band bucks for a perfect score on a pass-off.

Five band bucks for everyone in the House with the highest score each month.

Three band bucks for everyone in the House with the second highest score each month.

Any band bucks left on the floor are MINE. Mwuhahaha! Don’t lose your band bucks. I am NOT responsible for any that you lose and will not “give you new ones” if they get lost.


Houses

On the first day of band I will separate all the band kids, grades 6-8 into three houses. These are named for famous concert marching band composers. Woohoo!

  • Henry Filmore

  • Karl King

  • John Phillip Sousa

Your house starts each month with 10 points. Individuals will lose points for the entire house so help each other and push one another across the grade levels to be accountable and to work hard!

Points are lost for breaking ANY class rules listed above (including but not limited to): being unprepared, playing out of turn, chewing gum….

Points can be gained by perfect preparedness all month, going above and beyond, turning in practice logs, and for any other number of positive observations I make on a daily basis.

I will tally the points each month and the House with the most points gets a prize AND 5 band bucks. Second place gets 3 band bucks.


After School Section Lessons.

Lessons will be from 3:15-3:45 and the schedule for who is to attend will be posted and taped to my office door well in advance. Check the schedule frequently for any updates or changes.

You will be awarded 2 band bucks for every lesson you attend.


Lockers

You may store your instrument and music in the lockers outside the band room. Choose one of appropriate size for your instrument and you must provide your own lock. I must be notified of where you are storing your instrument and you locker combination in case of emergencies.


Concerts and other performances

The performance schedule will be given well in advance so you can plan on being to each one. If you miss a performance it will severely affect your grade! We are all counting on each other to show up. These concerts showcase all of your hard work to your family, friends, school, and community. They are very important!


Concert attire is dress black and white. No t-shirts or blue jeans. Girls may wear dress pants or a dress or skirt as long as it is below the knee. Boys may wear a tie but it is not required.