• Band Expectations and Syllabus

     

     

    To be an artist is not the privilege of a few, but the necessity of us all.”

    – Robert Shaw, American Conductor

    Course Description:

    This course is to instruct students who are interested in performing a varied style of music in an instrumental ensemble. Students will be instructed in becoming musically literate, introduced to proper technique, and asked to utilize all aspects of this course in a concert setting. 

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    Be musically literate; read note names of the treble and bass clef, know and understand key signatures, know and understand time signatures, and know and understand basic rhythmic patterns

    Play with proper technique, including expression, phrasing, breathing, and diction

    Analyze and articulate how an instrumental ensemble functions.

     

    Student Responsibilities

    • Interest and commitment to band. You are committed to bettering the school environment, willing and able to participate in events that reach out to the community, and are a role model within the school.
    • Acceptance of all program- related responsibilities, including:
      • Preparation of assigned part in all musical selections in the repertoire
      • Completion of all playing and written assessments
      • Leadership responsibilities, where appropriate.
    • Consistent effort to fulfill all requirements as listed above
    • Attendance at rehearsals (In order to participate in outside of school activities you must participate in the extra rehearsals)*
    • Attendance at ALL performances
    • Proper behaviors in rehearsals, at public performances, and whenever representing CHS Band
    • Appreciation and consideration for all peers, directors, and teachers associated with CHS Band

     

    Activities and Expectations

    Please see the calendar page for the rehearsal and performance schedule.

    CHS Band provides numerous opportunities for performance, travel, and festivals throughout the year. Our performances include: Caroling Field Trip, Winter Concert, Cabaret, Arts Night, Graduation. There will be outside of class rehearsals for all concerts.** 

     

    Two auditioned festivals include: Massachusetts District  January and Senior SEMSBA

     If you are interested in participating in any of these festivals please see me ASAP.

     

     

    Concert Dress

    All black

    Gentleman should wear: a black collared shirt, and black dress pants. These items are important in your wardrobe and will be used at every concert and are a great investment!

    Ladies should wear: black dress pants or skirt and top, or dress. Nothing above the length of your arms straight down. No heels higher than an inch and no yoga pants.

     

    Below is an attached PDF of the Chorus Expectations and Syllabus.

     

    To be an artist is not the privilege of a few, but the necessity of us all.”

    – Robert Shaw, American Conductor

    Course Description:

    This course is to instruct students who are interested in singing a varied style of music in a vocal ensemble Students will be instructed in becoming musically literate, introduced to proper singing technique, and asked to utilize all aspects of this course in a concert setting. 

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    Be musically literate; read note names of the treble and bass clef, know and understand key signatures, know and understand time signatures, and know and understand basic rhythmic patterns

    Sing with proper vocal technique, including expression, phrasing, breathing, and diction

    Analyze and articulate how a vocal ensemble functions

     

    Student Responsibilities

    • Interest and commitment to Chorus (I do not believe this is “Just an elective.” You are committed to bettering the school environment, willing and able to participate in events that reach out to the community, and are a role model within the school.
    • Acceptance of all program- related responsibilities, including:
      • Preparation of assigned part in all musical selections in the repertoire
      • Completion of all sung and written assessments
      • Leadership responsibilities, where appropriate(especially for upper classmen)
    • Consistent effort to fulfill all requirements as listed above
    • Attendance at rehearsals (In order to participate in outside of school activities you must participate in the extra rehearsals)*
    • Attendance at ALL performances
    • Proper behaviors in rehearsals, at public performances, and whenever representing CHS Chorus
    • Appreciation and consideration for all peers, directors, and teachers associated with CHS Chorus

     

    Activities and Expectations

    CHS Chorus provides numerous opportunities for performance, travel, and festivals throughout the year. Our performances include: Caroling Field Trip (December 9th, 2016), Winter Concert (December 11th, 2016) , Cabaret (DATE TBA) , Arts Night (May 11th, 2017), Graduation (June 3rd). There will be outside of class rehearsals for all concerts.** These rehearsals will happen during Utility, during the school day.

     

    Two auditioned festivals include: Massachusetts District (Auditions: November 22st, 2015 at Milton HS, Festival: January 8th – 10th at Duxbury HS) and Senior SEMSBA (Auditions: Saturday February 6, 2016 at Mansfield HS, Festival: April 8th – 9th at TBD). If you are interested in participating in any of these festivals please see me ASAP.

     

     

     

     

    Concert Dress

    All black

    Gentleman should wear: a black collared shirt, tie, and black dress pants. These items are important in your wardrobe and will be used at every concert and are a great investment!

    Ladies should wear: black dress pants or skirt and top, or dress. Nothing above the length of your arms straight down. No heels higher than an inch and no yoga pants.

     

    Grading System:

                    The band Band and Chorus have aligned their grading system so that they are similar and are valuing the specific pillars of musical knowledge. The Four Pillars that the grading system is based on are: Literacy, Technique, Social and Civic Duties, and Performance.

                    Literacy (40%)

    In Chorus there are Four Literacy Assessments which cover: Note Names (Of the Treble AND Bass clef), Key Signatures, Time Signatures, and Rhythm. These assessments are given once. If a student does not receive a 3 or a 4, the student must retake the assessment until they have passed it. The new fifth literacy assessment is Sight Reading/Singing. This assessment will be given at the end of the quarter and will be based upon the students’ ability to progress their Sight Singing abilities over the course of the class.

                    Technique (25% - daily)

    The technique assessment will be given each day. Students are expected to be sitting or standing during rehearsal with correct posture, singing with proper mouth (vowel and consonant) shapes, and with their eyes on the conductor. Each day a student will receive a grade on this.

                    Social and Civic (25% - daily)

    Like last year, every day students will be given a grade on their Engagement, Social Interaction, and Tardiness. Please see the attached standards for more a more in depth description of the grades

                    Performance (10%)

    This is different from last year and now, the Performance is 10% of the total grade. A performance could be anything from A Winter or Spring Concert, to an in class performance for a middle school or another high school group. As this is a performance based class, it is vital that students are aware of the impact and importance of a “final” performance.

     

    *There may be field trips throughout the year in which we not only sing but possible participate in other activities. In order for a student to be eligible for this, the student must participate in the extra rehearsals.

    **Cohasset Music Staff understands that students should be able to participate fully in the arts as well as other academics and sports. There can always be accommodations made for students who have academic, sports, or job conflicts. BE SURE TO COMMUNICATE EARLY AND OFTEN!!

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    Grading System:

                    The band Band and Chorus have aligned their grading system so that they are similar and are valuing the specific pillars of musical knowledge. The Four Pillars that the grading system is based on are: Literacy, Technique, Social and Civic Duties, and Performance.

    Quarter Assessments

    1. Note Names (Literacy 40%): Identifies correct note names of the treble clef: (4) perfect accuracy, (3) notes are identified correctly with one or two minor mistakes, (2) consistent pattern of errors in identifying note names, (1) there is no relation between identifying notes of the treble clef and their correct names
    2. Key Signatures (Literacy 40%): identifies correct key signatures: (4) perfect accuracy, (3) key signatures are identified correctly with one or two minor mistakes, (2) consistent error in identifying key signatures, (1) there is no relation between identifying key signatures and their correct names
    3. Time Signatures(Literacy 40%): identifies correct time signatures: (4) perfect accuracy, (3) time signatures are identified correctly with one or two minor mistakes, (2) consistent error in identifying time signatures, (1) there is no relation between written measure lines and time signatures
    4. Rhythm (Literacy 40%): identifies correct rhythm: (4) perfect accuracy, (3) identification and written form of rhythms are mostly accurate with one or two minor errors, (2) identification and written form of rhythms are consistently inaccurate, (1) there is no relation between identification and written form of rhythms
    5. Sight Reading/Singing (Literacy 40%): Identifies and can play/sing an unknown piece of music: (4) over the course of the class has the ability to play/sing an unknown piece of music with little to no error (3) over the course of the class has the ability to play/sing an unknown piece of music with few errors (2) over the course of the class has the ability to play/sing an unknown piece of music with many errors (1) over the course of the class has the ability to play/sing an unknown piece of music with no accuracy

     

     Daily Assessment

    1. Posture, Mouth, Eyes (Technique 25%): Displays proper singing/playing technique during rehearsal: (4) torso is high when singing/playing, and ability to move air is correct and focused, mouth is creating proper vowel shapes/embouchure, and eyes are always focused on the conductor (3) torso is high but requires one reminder during class time, mouth is often creating proper vowel shapes/embouchure, and eyes are on the conductor the majority of the time (2) torso is sometimes high and requires several reminders during class time, mouth is sometimes creating proper vowel shapes/embouchure, and eyes are infrequently on the conductor (1) torso is rarely high and often shows lack of proper posture, shows lack of proper vowel shapes/embouchure, and eyes are rarely on the conductor
    2. Engagement (Social/Civic 25%): (4) Demonstrates collaboration, exemplary questioning skills, seeks feedback, and provides help to other, (3) demonstrates adequate collaboration, questioning skills, often seeks feedback, and provides help to others when asked, (2) poor collaboration skills, demonstrates few questioning skills, rarely seeks feedback, does not provide help to others, (1) does not collaborate, fails to question, seek feedback, or help others. Does not understand the importance of ensemble.
    3. Social interaction (Social/Civic 25%): (4) Uses appropriate language and holds peers to the same standard, leads by example daily, and encourages others to be respectful, (3) often uses appropriate language and is respectful (2) language and respect are inconsistent (1) language is inappropriate and respect is absent
    4. Tardiness (Social/Civic 25%): (4) arrives on time for all classes, (3) arrives on time for many classes but is tardy once or twice, (2) arrives on time occasionally but is mostly tardy, (1) is always tardy

     

    Performance Assessment

    1. Performance (Performance 10%): (4) Attends performance and all extra rehearsals prior to; exhibits exemplary attire, behavior, and technique throughout the performance, (3) attends performance and all but one extra rehearsal prior to; exhibits proper attire, behavior and technique through the performance, (2) attends the performance but extra rehearsals (or visa-versa); exhibits some proper attire, poor behavior, and poor technique throughout the performance (1) does not attend performance or rehearsals; exhibits poor choice in attire, behavior and technique

     

    *There may be field trips throughout the year in which we not only sing but possible participate in other activities. In order for a student to be eligible for this, the student must participate in the extra rehearsals.

    **Cohasset Music Staff understands that students should be able to participate fully in the arts as well as other academics and sports. There can always be accommodations made for students who have academic, sports, or job conflicts. BE SURE TO COMMUNICATE EARLY AND OFTEN!!

     

            

  • Your instrument must be in good working order; you must have all the equipment your instrument requires to function properly (reeds, mouthpieces, neck straps, etc.)

    Every student must bring his or her music folder to rehearsal.  Folders must contain all the music that has been handed out, warm-up materials, a pencil, and any other handouts that have been distributed.  Regular music folder checks will take place and will contribute to each quarter grade.

    All students are responsible for returning equipment and music to their proper storage places at the end of each rehearsal.  Percussionists: you are responsible for returning equipment to its proper place and maintaining the percussion cabinet.

    Cell phones and other such devices aren't allowed in rehearsals. There may be times when the director states that devices may be used in class but otherwise, they should be put away and not on music stands.  

     

    You must be actively involved in all aspects of rehearsal. This means you must pay attention at all times and demonstrate proper playing technique. This includes:

    1. Good posture
    2. Proper instrument and hand position.

     

    Please do not talk while music is being performed. Your rehearsal technique will be assessed daily!

    Students should consider practice equivalent to a homework assignment.  While student’s practice needs may vary, each individual is required to learn their part.  Time will be given during class to use practice rooms for solo and small group work.  Students should actively utilize their time.  Students may also be required to perform assessments to demonstrate mastery.  Assessments will be clearly outlined in advance and will take place within the class period.

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