Demonstrating Musical Excellence

Classroom Goals

Students will:
-Generate musical ideas for various purposes and contexts.
-Select and develop musical ideas for defined purposes and contexts
-Evaluate and refine selected musical ideas to create musical work that meets appropriate criteria.
-Share creative musical work that conveys intent, demonstrates craftsmanship, and exhibits originality.

Students will:
-Select varied musical works to present based on interest, knowledge, technical skill, and context.
-Analyze the structure and context of varied musical works and their implications for performance
-Develop personal interpretations that consider creators’ intent
-Evaluate and Refine: Evaluate and refine personal and ensemble performances, individually or in collaboration with others
-Perform expressively, with appropriate interpretation and technical accuracy, and in a manner appropriate to the audience and context.

Students will:
-Choose music appropriate for specific purposes and contexts.
-Analyze how the structure and context of varied musical works inform the response.
-Support an interpretation of a musical work that reflects the creators’/performers’ expressive intent.
-Support personal evaluation of musical works and performance(s) based on analysis, interpretation, and established criteria.

Students will:
-Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make music.
-Relate musical ideas and works with varied context to deepen understanding.

Guidelines for Success
An instrumental music student will be most successful while embodying the following traits:
Respectful     Patient            Engaged     Positive
Honest          Responsible    Diligent        Selfless

An instrumental music student can expect to participate in the following on a regular basis:
*Denotes Seasonal Activity

Large Ensemble Rehearsal
Marching Band Rehearsal Outside*
Sectional Rehearsal (like instruments)
Personal Lesson (once per quarter)
Solo/Ensemble Rehearsal*
Rhythm/Music Theory Worksheet
Free Response Worksheet
Affective Reflection Worksheet

Grading scale - Standard
A    =    100-93.5
A-   =    93.49-89.5
B+   =    89.49-86.5
B     =    86.49-82.5
B-    =    82.49-79.5
C+   =    79.49-76.5
C     =    76.49-72.5
C-    =    72.49-69.5
D+   =    69.49-64.5
D     =    64.49-59.5
F     =    59.49-0.0

Relative value:
*Values dependant on season--Marching, Pep, WSMA, etc.*
*Exams = 20% of overall grade, Everything Else = 80% of overall grade*

Misc. Events/Assignments - 5-10pts
Pep Band Event - 5pts
Parade Performance - 10pts
Writing Assignment - 10pts
Daily Expectation Grade (per month) - 20pts
WSMA Solo/Ensemble Performance - 50pts
Concert Performance - 50pts
Semester/Final Exam - 100pts

Classroom Procedures
Entering the classroom:
At the beginning of class, students will proceed to their instrument storage cubby, unpack and assemble their instrument, retrieve their folder/pencil, and sit in their assigned seat. This process must be complete in the first 5 minutes of class.

Tardy to class:
A student is tardy if they enter after the final bell rings without a pass from a staff member or have a medical excuse authorized by MHS administration.

Pen or pencil:
All instrumental music students should have a pencil, and a pencil only to notate in their music. All other writing expectations will be done electronically. If a student is without a pencil, they may borrow one from a peer. If all classroom pencils are in use it is their responsibility to take home a peer’s notes and annotate their music accordingly outside of class.

Tracking daily assignments:
In our performance-based class, student daily expectations will be tracked by the instructor and applied to their grade monthly. Supplemental writing assignments are given regularly, though are inconsistent based on seasonal demands of the ensembles.

Returning assignments to students:
Completed work will be returned to students promptly with written or verbal feedback.

Finding out grade status:
Students are expected to review their grade in Skyward periodically. Verbal reminders will be given periodically after assignments have been entered. A student may set up a meeting with the instructor ahead of time to discuss a grade. Grades will not be discussed via email and impromptu meetings are unacceptable.

Student responsibilities after an absence:
If a student misses class for any reason, they will communicate with the instructor first to recieve any information missed and then will potentially be referred to a peer to copy music annotations. Excused absences will not count against a student’s grade. There will be a 24-hour grace period to complete missed work and/or tests.

Late, missing, or incomplete assignments:
Late, missing, or incomplete assignments are unacceptable without a credible excuse verified by the instructor. Extenuating and unavoidable circumstance can be discussed in a private meeting with the instructor and a timeline will be made to complete the work. Unexcused late, missing, or incomplete work with not be accepted.

Communication procedures with parents and families
All formal communication will be through district email to student-assigned email addresses and those of the guardian(s) input through Skyward. Informal reminders will be sent via the Remind app in addition to email.

Consequences for Classroom Rule Violations:
See MHS Building Handbook and violation marticies posted at front of Band Room.

Instructor: JD Cooney
Office Phone: 920-387-7960 x4300