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Kal Band Handbook “How to be a Band Geek!” RATIONALE The goa l of secondary music education is not only to develop in the student knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of music, but also to develop the student aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually through music.

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kal band handbook

Kal Band Handbook

“How to be a Band Geek!”

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rationale
RATIONALE
  • The goal of secondary music education is not only to develop in the student knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of music, but also to develop the student aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually through music.

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general guidelines 1
GENERAL GUIDELINES 1
  • Kal’s Music Department is made up of roughly 150 students, who participate in a wide variety of musical areas. Performance-based courses in Concert Band and Jazz Band are intended as introductions to the skills and concepts needed to learn in the various musical genres. From grades 8 to 12, students are trained not only in the technical aspects of musical performance, but also in musical theory and history as it relates to the repertoire.

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general guidelines 2
GENERAL GUIDELINES 2
  • Each ensemble faces many challenges at the beginning of each new school year. Most band groups are made up of students who come from varying musical backgrounds, and have completely different levels of experience and ability. For some it is their first time in a large ensemble, their first time on a new instrument, or their first time with a new teacher.

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general guidelines 3
GENERAL GUIDELINES 3
  • A musical ensemble relies on the contributions of all of the individuals within it, and it is assumed that all members accept the responsibilities that come from being an essential member of a team. An ensemble cannot function otherwise. That is why the single biggest emphasis in our department is on the development of a sense of responsibility to our musical community.

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general guidelines 4
GENERAL GUIDELINES 4
  • While improving their individual skills obviously requires each student to develop good habits and self- discipline through individual practice, students are also expected to work together at all levels. A student who graduates from Kal’s music program is expected to display a commitment to their ensemble, and strive to attain the highest standards possible on behalf of their group.

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general guidelines 5
GENERAL GUIDELINES 5
  • When students study music, they interact with sound, simultaneously engaging mind, body, and spirit.

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general guidelines 6
GENERAL GUIDELINES 6
  • Through creating, performing, listening to, and responding to music, students experience the ways in which music evokes and conveys thoughts, images and feelings.

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general guidelines 7
GENERAL GUIDELINES 7
  • Music education also makes an essential and unique contribution to students’ lifelong intellectual, physical, and emotional development.

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general guidelines 8
GENERAL GUIDELINES 8
  • Music also contributes to a healthier society through shared activities that respect and reflect the diversity of human experience.

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general guidelines 9
GENERAL GUIDELINES 9
  • It takes a whole community to create a true musician.
  • It takes a whole musician to understand the true meaning of community.

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equipment fees 1
EQUIPMENT & FEES 1
  • An instrument in good repair.
  • Certain instruments may be supplied for a nominal $30.00 user fee (Low brass, percussion, bass guitar)

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equipment fees 2
EQUIPMENT & FEES 2
  • A duo tang with paper and pencil for listening exercises.

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equipment fees 3
EQUIPMENT & FEES 3
  • A Band Uniform Fee of $10 per student (NO FEE FOR GRADE 8 or 9 BAND) will be collected. If you have paid this to the office, please send a note for my records.

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concert bands 1
CONCERT BANDS 1
  • The concert bands at Kal are Beginner Band 8, Intermediate Band 8, Junior Concert Band 9, and Senior Concert Band 10-12. Although most students are timetabled by grade, every effort is made to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate level of ensemble. Concert bands are not auditioned; students are placed by age to enable social, as well as musical development. The evaluation system used for the concert groups is 50% musical proficiency and 50% participation.

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concert bands 2
CONCERT BANDS 2
  • I have a firm belief that every student deserves an opportunity for musical expression regardless of ability. As long as they are participating and are genuinely striving for improvement, they will be encouraged to contribute and will be rewarded with a reasonable mark.

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jazz band 1
JAZZ BAND 1
  • Jazz band is enrichment to the main thrust of the music program. The students are typically assigned one player per part, which places added emphasis on the responsibility of the player to the group. A student who has not mastered their part noticeably brings down the whole group. Typically, the music in jazz band is more difficult to play, adding more emphasis on developing individual skills in order to keep up to the group.

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jazz band 2
JAZZ BAND 2
  • For students ready to take on the challenge and make the extra effort, jazz band is a very rewarding experience. With only certain exceptions, Jazz band students must be in Concert band as well.

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the role of concerts 1
THE ROLE OF CONCERTS 1
  • While concerts are certainly an important aspect of any musician's training, I do not make concert preparation the sole focus of our program. The primary focus of our class work and rehearsal time is two-fold:
  • First, I work hard to develop the technical performance skills of all of our students in order to provide them with the basic fundamentals they need to participate effectively.

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the role of concerts 2
THE ROLE OF CONCERTS 2
  • Second, I work equally diligently to build the sense of "team" so that students have the desire, the confidence, and the support, to grow together.

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the role of concerts 3
THE ROLE OF CONCERTS 3
  • At the same time, concerts are exams that test our musical commitment in many ways. Parents are to contact the band teacher regarding any mitigating circumstances regarding absence. Students who are unable to attend concerts (barring illness) will submit a recording of musical excerpts from the concert repertoire to demonstrate their proficiency. These recordings will be submitted for marking before the concert.

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the role of concerts 4
THE ROLE OF CONCERTS 4
  • I see our concerts as an occasion for the celebration of our successes and an opportunity to share with you some of the work we have been doing in class. Concert dates are included in the agenda book calendar. Any changes to these dates will be given in writing. I strongly urge you to show your support to your student’s musical pursuits by attending all of these events.

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concert dress
CONCERT DRESS:
  • Grade 8/9 Band: Black shoes and/or socks
  • Black pants
  • White top
  • Senior Band: Black shoes and socks
  • Black pants
  • White collared short / long-sleeved top
  • Band vest.

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music students can expect 1
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 1:
  • To be given teaching and encouragement regardless of natural ability.

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music students can expect 2
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 2:
  • To be encouraged to participate in school activities both inside and outside the Music Department and to be supported in making compromises where there are conflicts.

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music students can expect 3
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 3:
  • To participate in at least three performances, one of which will be located outside the school.

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music students can expect 4
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 4:
  • To learn a large number of musical selections in a variety of styles.

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music students can expect 5
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 5:
  • To be tested on your knowledge of the parts you play and on other general musical information that is presented in class.

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music students can expect 6
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 6:
  • To perform at a high standard.

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music students can expect 7
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 7:
  • To be taught the correct method of playing your instrument.

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music students can expect 8
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 8:
  • Periodic checks of students' work to ensure practice procedures are being followed and parts learned (homework completed).

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music students can expect 9
MUSIC STUDENTS CAN EXPECT 9:
  • Sectional rehearsals called by the band teacher. Students in those sections will be expected to participate.

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the teacher will expect
THE TEACHER WILL EXPECT
  • Participation to the full extent of your ability with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Punctual attendance at all performances and rehearsals including sectional rehearsals. In addition, be on time for class, and be sitting down warming up your instrument when attendance is being taken.
  • Open-mindedness.

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daily survival guide
DAILY SURVIVAL GUIDE
  • What you need for class each day:
  • A pencil and an eraser.
  • Your instrument. (Including reeds (PLURAL!). Valves oiled at home, please!
  • Your music.
  • To remove your hat and garbage the gum.

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daily curricular rehearsals 1
DAILY CURRICULAR REHEARSALS 1
  • Here are some pointers:
  • Be musically prepared. Bring positive energy.
  • Sit down – warm-up, Tune-up! You should be in your place and warmed up when attendance / tuning begins.

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daily curricular rehearsals 2
DAILY CURRICULAR REHEARSALS 2
  • Posture and air support are key! Sit so that you can see the music and the conductor.
  • R.E.S.P.E.C.T. yourself and those around you. Do not turn and stare at someone playing a solo or a wrong note…it could be you next time!
  • Attentiveness. Participate in the discussions. Once the conductor steps on the podium, be silent.
  • Treat printed music with respect.

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extra curricular rehearsals 1
EXTRA CURRICULAR REHEARSALS 1
  • All groups hold sectional rehearsals. Sectional rehearsals will be scheduled both in and out of class time. A 'sectional' is defined as any group of two or more people working together on the same music. A sectional rehearsal must be twenty minutes or longer and should be used to work on parts, and on blend and balance.

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extra curricular rehearsals 2
EXTRA CURRICULAR REHEARSALS 2
  • In addition, Jazz Band and Senior Concert Band (Touring Band) will meet extra-curricularly as follows:
  • Both Senior and Junior Jazz Bands meet out of timetable.
  • Tour Band is comprised of senior students (grades 10 – 12) supplemented by musically advanced grade 9’s who are rehearsing for travel or festival.

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extra curricular rehearsals 3
EXTRA CURRICULAR REHEARSALS 3
  • For extra-curricular rehearsals, the following guidelines apply:
  • Please arrive at least ten minutes before the start of your rehearsal. This is to allow time for set up of instruments and chairs.

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extra curricular rehearsals 4
EXTRA CURRICULAR REHEARSALS 4
  • An unexcused absence from a rehearsal will result in a loss of 4 marks. If you are late, it will cost you 2 marks. If your total for term approaches 20, you, your parents, and Mr. McMahon will have to discuss your future participation in the music program.

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qualification for music trips
QUALIFICATION FOR MUSIC TRIPS
  • Belonging to a particular group does not automatically entitle you to participate in a Music Department trip. You must earn this privilege. Attendance, achievement, behaviour, and attitude will be monitored throughout the year and will determine whether a student will be invited to participate.

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music course evaluation 1
MUSIC COURSE EVALUATION 1
  • Several components make up a music course. The following is a list of course requirements:

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music course evaluation 2
MUSIC COURSE EVALUATION 2
  • Individual testing: 35%
  • You will receive a schedule of tape tests, in-class tests and private tests.

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music course evaluation 3
MUSIC COURSE EVALUATION 3
  • Music and technique in class: 15%
  • You will be evaluated during class time on technical exercises and on excerpts from the pieces we are practicing.

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music course evaluation 4
MUSIC COURSE EVALUATION 4
  • Cooperation, respect, and team effort: 15%
  • Positive comments for others, pulling your own weight, discussions.

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music course evaluation 5
MUSIC COURSE EVALUATION 5
  • Class participation: 15%
  • Easy marks to gain and just as easy to lose. Bring your music, a pencil, an instrument, and a good attitude to class and you will get full marks. Talking out of turn, low effort, disrespectful treatment of instruments, instrument cases or the band room, and a negative attitude in class will push your mark down. An easy % if you watch yourself.

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music course evaluation 6
MUSIC COURSE EVALUATION 6
  • Concert Preparation and Attendance: 20%
  • In order to develop skills as an individual musician and to improve the quality of the group, practice is necessary. Private home practice is required and 1/2 hour per day is recommended.
  • Students will be evaluated using sectional rehearsals. A 'sectional' is defined as any group of two or more people working together on the same music. A sectional rehearsal must be twenty minutes or longer and should be used to work on parts, and on blend and balance. Concert attendance is mandatory.

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signs of a good musician 1
SIGNS OF A GOOD MUSICIAN 1
  • Prompt: Always be early to any rehearsal or performance. “To be early is to be on time; To be on time is late; To be late is to be missed; To be missed is to be forgotten!”
  • No Obstructions: Cases are placed out of reach and not used as a footrest.

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signs of a good musician 2
SIGNS OF A GOOD MUSICIAN 2
  • Discipline: A good musician has enough discipline to behave properly, work hard, listen and work cooperatively in the classroom.
  • Listen Carefully: A good musician pays attention and does not disrupt the class by talking or playing inappropriately while in rehearsal.

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signs of a good musician 3
SIGNS OF A GOOD MUSICIAN 3
  • Good Posture: Sit up straight on the edge of the chair, feet flat on the floor.
  • Equipment: Always keep instrument in clean, good working order. Keep plenty of reads, grease, and oil. Clean after each use and make sure all slides, valves, and mechanisms are in working order. Treat room & equipment with care.

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signs of a good musician 4
SIGNS OF A GOOD MUSICIAN 4
  • Teamwork: “The band is only as good as its weakest member.” If everyone works together for the good of the group, there are no weak players or losers; there are only winners and a band to be remembered!
  • Patience: A good musician is patient while the director in instructing individuals, sections, group, or taking care of matters.

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signs of a good musician 5
SIGNS OF A GOOD MUSICIAN 5
  • Silent Practice: A good musician uses independent, silent practice whenever the class has downtime, or a need for class silence.
  • Practice: Always be prepared for rehearsals. “Practice is a sign of ability. Ability is a sign of achievement. Achievement is a sign of greatness.” Take instrument home frequently to practice.

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