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

BAND

Be prepared: learn your music, always bring all materials to class, NO food or gum
Act respectfully: respect each other, the teacher, our band room, and equipment
No cell phones or negativity: don’t waste our valuable time and always be positive
Dedication: be dedicated to our band program and show that dedication through your actions


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 or drum set until their instrument is assembled and all piano and set playing stops at the bell. 

  • We warm up together. All instrument playing stops at the bell and any further playing will only be done when directed by me.

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

  • One part check. I will draw two student names at random and they will play a portion of a piece that I will also choose at random.

  • 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 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%.

Trips that include performance 100-150 points

I understand that sometimes conflicts arise but you will NOT be excused from a trip that
includes a performance unless it is for another school sponsored event. If this is the case,
you will 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 school sponsored 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 or after 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

Part checks will be done at least once per week. I will draw two student names at each
part check. Music played will be chosen at random from material we are actively
working on. You may choose to play with your partner OR alone. You must practice on
your own in order to be prepared for these!  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.

Weekly participation 10 points

You get 10 points each week. If you are absent you must come in outside of class to make
up points. You also lose points for PHONES, being unprepared, chewing gum, food etc… 


Section Leaders

We will have section leaders this year. Here are the dates they will be assigned and re-evaluated.

  • September 3rd 

  • November 19th 

  • February 25th

If you desire to be the section leader you must do the following and I will decide on the section leader based on these things:

  • Submit a statement telling me why you think you deserve to be section leader. This must be at least half a page in length. 

  • Play for me at least 3 major scales, two octaves, with arpeggios. Percussionists must also play 3 snare rudiments and demonstrate proper playing technique on 3 other percussion instruments. These will be played for me outside of class.


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

BAND

Be prepared: learn your music, always bring all materials to class, no food or gum
Act respectfully: respect each other, the teacher, our band room, and equipment
No cell phones or negativity: don’t waste our valuable time and always be positive
Dedication: be dedicated to our band program and show that dedication through your actions.


Required Materials

  • Your instrument!

  • A folder containing your music and A PENCIL.


Daily Procedures

  • Clutter-free space. Backpacks are placed elsewhere.

  • Get a stand and find your assigned seat.

  • ALL playing is directed by me.

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

  • The rehearsal schedule for the day will be on the board. Percussion needs to be ready.


Grading

Concerts 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-offs can be done at the beginning of class, before or after school, during lunch, or
during 8th period. *Class time for pass-offs is very limited! ALWAYS feel free to do
these at other times!*

  • 6th: Each month, you must pass-off two numbers from the book within the number range that I give (this will change each month). You may also pass off major scales or additional numbers for extra credit.

  • 7th and 8th: Each month, you must pass-off any major scale. It must be a different scale each month. If you pass off more than one scale during the month you may choose to have it count as extra credit or it can go toward another month.

You only have one attempt to pass off every month! Make sure you are prepared.
I will do 3 pass-offs each class by asking for volunteers. It is your responsibility to do
your pass-offs! If you do not complete them in class you must see me before or after
school. If you fail your pass-off you will be requested to come in during 8th period to get
extra help.

Part checks 25 points

I will do sectional part checks at random. If you fail your part check you will be
requested to come in during 8th period to get extra help.

Weekly participation 10 points

You get 10 points each week. If you are absent you must come in during 8th hour or
outside of class to make up points. You also lose points for being unprepared, chewing
gum, disrespect, using your phone, etc...


Band Rewards

There will rewards given at the end of each month. Students who meet the requirements will be able to choose a reward item from each drawer that they meet the requirements for. Band rewards are not given during class! You must come in before or after school to choose your reward. You have one week after the month ends to collect or you lose your rewards.

First Drawer: 

  1. Minimum 80% on pass-offs

  2. 1 ½  hours of practice at home

  3. At least one lesson outside of class

  4. Always prepared in class

Second Drawer: 

  1. Minimum 90% on pass-offs

  2. 2 hours of practice at home

  3. At least one lesson outside of class

  4. Always prepared in class

  5. Attempt to pass off an extra scale

Third Drawer: 

  1. Perfect pass-offs

  2. 2 ½ hours of practice at home

  3. At least two lessons outside of class

  4. Always prepared in class

  5. Pass off an extra scale (does not have to be perfect)


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 Fillmore

  • 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.

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

The House with the most points at the end of the month gets a prize (buff tix, things from the band drawers, etc…). The house with the most total points leading up to a concert will wear their colors at the concert.


Before and After School Section Lessons.

Lessons will be from 7:30-7:50 AM on purple days and from 3:15-3:45 PM on white days. There may also be lunch lessons on white days. The schedule for who is to attend will be posted and taped to my window well in advance. Check the schedule frequently for any updates or changes.

You may always come in to practice! But my primary attention will be given to who is scheduled on that day.


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.