KELLER, KING, MARTINEZ, AND SCOTT ELEMENTARY 2013-2014 BAND HANDBOOK. Welcome To Beginning Band 5 th grade just got even better. You are now a member of an amazing inclusive group of friends that all share the love of making music together.
2013-2014 BAND HANDBOOK
Welcome To Beginning Band
5thgrade just got even better. You are now a member of an amazing inclusive group of friends that all share the love of making music together.
My primary responsibility is to provide students with fundamental instruction in the aspects of instrumental music including proper playing technique, as well as music reading and writing skills. Through their participation in band, students will receive the training necessary to be prepared for situations and responsibilities they will encounter in other classes and in life. At the same time, it is my hope that students acquire a lifelong love and appreciation for music.
This handbook contains information regarding expectations, procedures, and performances . It is extremely important that all details are understood by both students and parents. Please keep this handbook as a reference should you ever have questions. Your time, energy, and cooperation in continuing a tradition of excellence are appreciated.
I am honored that you have trusted the musical care of your children to me and I look forward to an amazing year.
Dedicated to your child’s success,
COMMUNICATION: Email Contact: [email protected]
Please refer to the band webpage http://teachers.d11.org/teachers/kincakc/Pages/home.aspx often to make sure you stay involved in class information and assignments. Since I am at each of my four campuses only 2-3 times during the week, email is my preferred method of contact. I check email often and respond as soon as time allows. Your questions are important to me and I am eager to get back with you in a timely manner.
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It’s Time For Band
Course Description 2
Grading Policy 3
Concert Attire 4
Band Hall Expectations 5
Practice Expectation 6
Handbook Signature Sheet
It’s Time For Band
Keller Elementary King Elementary
Monday and Wednesday Tuesday and Thursday
Martinez Elementary Scott Elementary
Wednesday and Friday Percussion: Mon
Winds: Tues and Thurs
The Beginning Band is comprised of first year band students. Prior experience in not necessary and each student goes through an interview process to help determine which instrument will encourage the student to be most successful. Students receive instruction on fundamental tone production, rhythmic concepts, and basic music reading skills. Students will perform two concerts and have the opportunity to perform at the Elementary Solo and Ensemble Festival in the Spring.
PERFORMANCE ATTENDANCE AND DATES
Students are required to attend all scheduled concerts and must be dressed properly, playing their best and working for an outstanding performance. Absences of any kind negatively impact the other students in the band. Missing a performance will be excused for the following reasons and must be made up by completing an alternate writing assignment.
Illness (absent from school the same day)
Family Emergency (approved by the Principal)
Non-school activities such as club sports, medical appointments, etc. are NOT considered excused absences.
Performance make-up assignments must be completed within one week of the missed event OR within one week of the student’s return to school. UNEXCUSED absences CANNOT BE MADE UP and will result in a performance grade of “0”
Please post the concert schedule to your family calendar now. You can always check dates on our Band Web page and reminders will be sent home as the date draws near.
Keller Elementary Concert Dates: December 16, and May 12,
King Elementary Concert Dates: November 21, and May 13,
Martinez Elementary Concert Dates: December 5, and May 8,
Scott Elementary Concert Dates: December 10, and May 6,
Taking pride in a uniform is important to projecting a professional appearance and making a good first impression. Any student who is inappropriately dressed will lose points from their performance grade.
Students are required to wear traditional Black and White concert attire: white dress shirt or white Polo with black dress pants, black socks, and black dress shoes. Many band and orchestra programs wear the same uniform, so please plan early to make sure that sizes are available for your child.
Participation in band is not required and students are responsible for any worked missed while attending band rehearsals. Extreme care was taken when devising the rehearsal schedule to choose the least impactful class times possible. If students are unable to keep up with their regular class assignments, a conference will be called with parents, core teacher(s) and me; the student may be removed from the band program. LET US HELP YOU BE SUCCESSFUL. TOGETHER WE CAN ALL BE AWESOME!
Students playing instruments not rented by local music stores will play on school-owned instruments. Students with these instruments will pay a one time usage fee in the amount of $20.00 per year payable to “Colorado Springs School District 11” as soon as possible. This fee is used to pay for annual cleaning and repairs. A completed and signed rental agreement will be due along with the fee. Students are responsible for any damage above normal “wear and tear” and will be charged for any repair or replacement due to negligence.
It is important that all students’ instruments are kept in good working condition. If a student’s instrument develops any kind of mechanical problem, he/she should notify the director as soon as possible. In many cases, I am equipped to handle minor repairs. We are very fortunate to have several reputable music stores close by for all your supply and repair needs that cannot be handled by myself. While an instrument is being repaired, students may be ale to use a school instrument, if available. Instruments are not available for students who merely forget an instrument.
BAND HALL EXPECTATIONS
1. Always enter the Band Hall with a positive attitude.
2. When you walk into the Band Hall, move quickly to get your instrument and materials so we can begin rehearsals on time. Please remain quiet during this time – talking should be done outside.
3. Listen aggressively! Focus on fully understanding the concept or instruction being presented. If something is not understood, ask APPROPRIATE questions at the APPROPRIATE time.
4. Always follow directions the first time they are given.
5. Please remain quiet during class. Raise your hand and wait to be acknowledged before speaking so we can have productive and efficient rehearsals.
6. All students are expected to be respectful of others. Speak in a courteous tone, keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself and allow for a quiet classroom atmosphere.
7. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the Band Hall clean and neat. Stack chairs and stands when you are finished using them, and throw all trash away.
8. Do not hold, play, operate, or otherwise handle any instrument besides your own. This is a liability issue.
9. There will be no gum, candy, food, or drinks (other than water) allowed in the Band Hall.
10. Only band and orchestra students are allowed in the Band Hall. This is for security as well as traffic flow concerns. Your friends may wait for you outside.
11. Students will take their instruments and binders home EVERY NIGHT. Students are expected to practice an average of 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week outside of rehearsals. Instruments are not allowed to remain at school overnight. Doing so will cause a lowered grade unless you have an off campus school activity that prevents you from coming to get your instrument after school.
15. While every effort is made to keep the Band Hall secure, we are not liable for any damage to
or loss of instruments that are stored at school. TAKE YOUR INSTRUMENT HOME!
CONSEQUENCES -- Please remember that all School rules apply in the Band Hall!
Each of the schools at which I teach has a slightly different procedure for documenting behavior infractions. Please refer to your school’s handbook for the consequences at your child’s school.
PRACTICE: It’s the only way to improve!
Tips for Parents and Students (HELP)
Help to set up the best possible practice facility. The area should be well lit and free from other distractions and should accommodate a straight chair and music stand (siblings should never be allowed to touch the musical instrument).
Establish a regular time and routine for practice. Students should begin with some warm-up exercises (long tones and scales), move into the assignment and isolate difficult passages to be worked on. These passages can be played slower with different articulations to help resolve technical problems. Students should end practice time with a piece they know and enjoy playing for fun.
Listen enthusiastically to your child’s practicing. Recognize his/her effort and make positive comments. Remember, you are the audience your child will most appreciate.
Participate in our three-way partnership: Parent, student, and teacher working together to make band an enjoyable and lifelong experience.
Student Name_________________________________Guardian’s Name___________________________
By signing below, you are agreeing to the following:
keep my child’s instrument in good repair
provide him/her with all the supplies needed
provide proper concert attire
encourage regular and positive instrument practice
make sure my child is at every concert performance
make sure my child is picked up promptly at the conclusion of any optional after school practice that your child chooses to attend.
and to “HELP” your child be a success. (Refer to “Final Words” above)
Parent Signature Date