MVHS and MVMS Band Expectations

Welcome to MVHS Band!

This class is meant to be enjoyable and you are sure to be successful if you keep all of the rules, attend all performances, and practice at home. Band is a lot of fun and rewarding. 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 during class. Those are put away at the bell.
  • NO phones or other toys.
  • Be on time. This means your instrument is out when the bell rings.
  • Keep the room clean.
  • NO leaving the room during class.
  • Only touch your own instrument, don’t mess with any other instruments.
  • NO homework from other classes during our class unless I give permission.

 Daily Procedures

  • Clutter-free space. Backpacks are placed elsewhere.
  • Get a stand and find your assigned seat.
  • NO playing before the bell. I will direct all playing.
  • Write your name on the board if you want to be selected for pass-off.
  • Phones handed in at the bell.
  • At the opening bell, we warm-up (and have play checks), have part checks, do pass-offs, work on our pieces, and do “quick theory.” Additional time may be used for pass-offs or individual and group practice.
  • There will be a break for bathroom/drinks.
  • At the closing bell, you will put your stand and instrument away.

 Grading

Concerts 100 points

            Missing performances will severely affect your grade. Extreme emergencies will be dealt with
            on an individual basis. Hunter safety or dentist appointments (for example) will 
NOT be
            excused.

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.

Weekly Participation 10 points

            Each week you can earn 10 participation points. This is done by a play check that I will
            do during warm-ups. If you don’t have your instrument I cannot check your playing and
            you will get a 0. Points can also be lost for breaking any of the class rules listed above.
            Points may be made up ONLY if you are absent, not if you forget your instrument.

Music Theory Assignments (points will vary)

Written Theory Tests 25 points

            We will have two written theory tests, a pre-test (graded on effort and completion) at the
            beginning of the year and a final at the end of the year (worth 50 points).

Pass-Offs 60 points

            Pass-offs can be done at the beginning of class or during before school lessons. I will
            occasionally provide additional in-class time for pass-offs. Always be ready to pass
            something off in case I use class time for it! You must pass off 6 scales each semester, all
            octaves with arpeggios. 10 points/scale.

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!

Before School Lessons 25 points

           You must attend at least TWO before school lessons each semester. If you only attend
           one you will not get any points. It’s all or nothing. Jam sessions are not considered lessons.
           Additional lessons or attending jam sessions are extra credit.

 Before School Lessons.

The schedule for lessons is 7:30-7:55. This time is used for:

-Scale pass-offs

-Individual practice and help

-Drum cadence groups

Thursday “jam session” for anyone who wants to play anything will be every week, 7:20-7:50

-Anyone can try drum set but MUST be available for pep band to even try.

I will post a schedule on my office door in advance so you can plan accordingly.



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! These concerts showcase all of your hard work to your family, friends, school, and community. They are very important!

 Concert attire is black and white. Black on bottom with black close toed shoes and any combination of black and white on top. No t-shirts. Girls may wear black 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!

This class is meant to be enjoyable and you are sure to be successful if you keep all of the rules, attend all performances, and practice at home. Band is a lot of fun and rewarding. 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.

 Daily Procedures

  • Clutter-free space. Backpacks are placed elsewhere.
  • Get a stand and find your assigned seat.
  • NO playing before the bell. I will direct all playing.
  • Place your name in the pass-off box if you want to be selected for pass-off.
  • At the opening bell, we warm-up (and have play checks), do pass-offs, work on our pieces, and do “quick theory.”
  • At the closing bell, you will put your stand and instrument away.

 Grading

Concerts 100 points

            Missing performances will severely affect your grade. Extreme emergencies will be dealt
            with on an individual basis. Hunter safety or dentist appointments (for example) will
            NOT be excused.

Weekly participation 10 points

            Each week you can earn 10 participation points. This is done by a play check that I will
            do during warm-ups. If you don’t have your instrument I cannot check your playing and
            you will get a 0. Points can also be lost for breaking any of the class rules listed above.
            Points may be made up ONLY if you are absent, not if you forget your instrument.

Music theory assignments (points will vary)

Written theory tests 25 or 50 points

            We will have two written theory tests, a pre-test (graded on effort and completion) at the
            beginning of the year and a final at the end of the year (worth 50 points).

Pass-Offs 50 points

            Pass-offs can be done at the beginning of class (selected by drawing), or during after
            school lessons. I will occasionally provide additional in-class time for pass-offs. Always
            be ready to pass something off in case I use class time for it!

  • 6th: You must pass-off 5 #s from the book each semester.
  • 7th and 8th: You must pass-off 3 scales with arpeggios each semester. Additional             pass-offs may be assigned based on our progress as a group or difficulty of             pieces we are playing.

 Band Bucks and Pass-offs.

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.

Three band bucks for passing off.

            -6th: There will be a poster with your names and required book #s to pass off. You must
            also pass off a # of my choosing from the same page to earn your bucks.

            -7th and 8th: A scale with arpeggio OR 8 measures from a piece we’re rehearsing.

            -I will be picky! It must be nearly flawless to be passed off

There will be a silent auction during the “party” after each concert where you can bid on cool stuff. Band bucks can roll over from concert to concert.

Any band bucks left on the floor are MINE. Mwuhahaha! Don’t lose your band bucks.

 
After School Section Lessons.

The schedule for lessons, 3:15-3:45, will be posted and taped to my office door well in advance.

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

This time may also be used for pep band rehearsal or pass-offs. Always check the schedule.

 
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! These concerts showcase all of your hard work to your family, friends, school, and community. They are very important!

 Concert attire is black and white. Black on bottom with black close toed shoes and any combination of black and white on top. No t-shirts. Girls may wear black 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.