Correction to above downloadable syllabus: March 23, 2019 (not March 24) - Esperanza HS Jazz Festival
SYLLABUS FOR JAZZ BAND
Fred Steiner Room 102 - Music 310-377-4888 ext. 609 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz Band performance dates for 2018-2019:
October 3, 2018 - Jazz Band Parent meeting December 7, 2018 – Jazz Band Fall Concert January 31 – Feb. 1 - Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival – UNLV (depart 1/31. return 2/2) March 23, 2019 - Esperanza HS Jazz Festival April 10, 2019 - Jazz Band Spring Concert April 13th 2019 - Music in the Parks Festival/ Knott’s Berry Farm May 28, 2019 - Advanced Jazz Band Perform at Honors & Awards Night June 6, 2019 – All non seniors to perform at Graduation
*Please note, occasionally the calendar must be adjusted. Often performance opportunities come along after the start of the school year. Sometimes they’re even “paying gigs” or they’re opportunities that we really don’t want to pass up because of the possibility of performing in a great venue or in front of a large, responsive audience. I try very hard to respect your time and only add things to the calendar when it seems the benefits outweigh the costs. If the calendar changes, I will communicate the changes ASAP.
SUPPLY LIST: Jazz Band students are expected to have access to their own instrument and maintain the instrument in clean, functioning condition. All miscellaneous items such as reeds, mouthpieces, neck straps, mutes, binders for music, etc… are the student’s responsibility. Certain school instruments, usually large or rare ones, are available for use.
STUDENT PERFORMANCE/LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the completion of the year, the student will:
a. develop an understanding of rhythm, and apply this skill to individual and ensemble playing
b. learn to better recognize correct intonation within the ensemble as related to his/her own playing
c. gain a greater understanding of musical style and historical context of the music being performed
d. participate in a fulfilling musical performance
TARDIES: I do expect students to be in class on time. I understand our classroom is a great distance from most other parts of campus however we still must have a rigid start time or important minutes are wasted every day. I’m dedicated to making sure students follow the school TARDY policy.
1st and 2nd Tardies – student reminded to be on time
3rd Tardy – parent notified
4th Tardy – Teacher issues referral to administration resulting in conference with student. Parent notified. Student issued 3-4 days of lunchtime paper pick-up.
5th and 6th Tardies - Teacher issues referral to administration resulting in conference with student. Parent notified. Student issued 3-4 days of lunchtime paper pick-up. Saturday school issued to student. 7th Tardy - Teacher issues referral to administration resulting in conference with student. Parent notified. Student issued 3-4 days of lunchtime paper pick-up. Saturday school issued to student or student is dropped from the class.
HOUSEKEEPING: Gum is never allowed in our music room.
Food only during lunchtime. Take care of the instrument you use (personal or school owned) including making sure they are properly stored with cases closed and latched.
Always have your own music in rehearsal (not expecting to use your neighbor’s music) with your PENCIL!!!
PRACTICE AT HOME: Yes, that’s right, you need to take time outside of class rehearsal time to prepare your own individual part assignment. It is possible to do that extra practice here in the music room during lunch time, during “free” periods if you have one, and occasionally after school. But for most students, that means you need to practice at home. If you put in extra practice on your own time you will surely notice that you achieve higher grades on graded playing tests.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance in rehearsal is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend every scheduled class meeting. 40% of the students’ grades is based on daily participation.
40% of the students’ grades is based on participating in performances. Notice of an absence from a scheduled performance must be given a minimum of two weeks prior to the scheduled performance. An example of a legitimate reason for missing a performance would be a family event that can’t be rescheduled. An example of an unacceptable reason for missing a performance would be an SAT prep class. Naturally, if a student misses a performance due to unforeseen circumstances, we will plan a make-up assignment.
GRADING CRITERIA/GRADE SCALE
Class attendance and preparation 40%
Performance attendance 40%
Playing tests 20%
Final Grade is based on the following scale:
F= Below 60% REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS: Occasionally the band and possibly color guard students will be tested for a grade on a portion of the music or routine they have been learning. In the event that we have these “tests” the students are given advance notice to prepare. 20% of the students’ grades are based on graded performance “tests”.
The following is an example of the scoring rubric for playing tests: 5 - No faults with great articulation and dynamics 4 - Excellent notes, rhythm, tuning, and tone quality 3 - All correct notes and rhythm with satisfactory tuning and tone quality 2 - Most correct notes and rhythms with some tuning problems and acceptable tone 1 - Some correct notes and rhythms with poor tuning and tone quality