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General Rules and Procedures
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General Rules and Procedures
For every class and rehearsal, students are required to have (as applicable):
· Extra reeds (woodwinds)
· Valve oil/slide spray (brass)
· Drum sticks and drum pad (percussion)
· Shoulder rest and rosin (strings)
If a student comes unprepared for class, they will receive a demerit for the day, which directly affects their classwork grade. Given proper notice, a student's grade will not be affected if their instrument needs repairs.
Music, Books and Folders
All students will be assigned a Folder for their sheet music. You must take care of your music! We cannot afford to replace sheet music or music holders due to neglect - this takes money away from more important items, like funding for trips and new equipment. If a student does not take care of their music, they will be charged for the replacement of the damaged item. Most music cannot be ordered by parts, so a student may end up purchasing an entire set, which is not cheap. Always use pencil when writing on sheet music. Music and folders are not good places for writing messages or doodling.
You may take your music home! It is expected that each student will practice their parts, and some parts of the music may be given as an assignment. Always take the music in your folder to protect it, and make sure you notify and cooperate with any of your stand partners when you are taking the music home. All music books may also be taken home, but must be brought back to class each day.
Gum Chewing/Food Policy
As always, gum chewing is strictly prohibited for all instrumentalists. There should be no food item or beverage in the music room at any time. If you have gum, dispose of it properly at the beginning of the period. An infraction of the food policy will result in a demerit, which directly affects your classwork grade. If there are multiple infractions of the food policy, a student may be issued a detention.
There is a time to talk. It is not during class. Rehearsal time is valuable and disruptions of any kind will not be tolerated. Any disruption will result in a demerit, which directly affects your classwork grade. Frequent disruptions or improper behavior will result in a detention or dismissal from class.
However, communication is important! Section leaders may need to talk to their section, or someone might have a question about their part that they can ask another student. This is commendable - just know when to do it, and keep your voice down.
Talking often gets out of hand when the Director works with sections. When the Director is not working with you, keep the talking to a minimum, do not play, pay attention, and be ready to move on so that rehearsal time is used efficiently. This will insure the success of our group!
Also, when the Director cuts off the group, do not play on or talk. When the Director cuts you off, it is because there is something that needs to be addressed. Instead of playing on, pay attention to instruction.
Just a warning: if too much rehearsal time has been sacrificed due to talking problems, the Director may be inclined to hold an extra mandatory rehearsal after school.
Do not be late for class, rehearsals or events. Tardiness reflects poor self-discipline and lack of responsibility. Being on time means being in your seat with your music and instrument ready to go at the time given by the Director. You must also be inside the classroom at the time that the bell rings. You will be given time after the bell to set up.
Any student who is late must have a pass. If you do not have a pass, and have no explanation for your tardiness, you will lose 5 points from your classwork grade which cannot be earned back. There are no warnings. This policy will also apply to rehearsals and performances.
If you are not in your seat with your instrument, music, and supplies by the time the Director steps up on the podium, you will lose 5 points.
Students are generally not allowed to leave class for any reason at any time. If you must leave class for another teacher, let the Director know at the beginning of class. You should have a pass from that teacher, or you will not be permitted to leave.
Students should make every attempt to use the bathroom before class starts. If you absolutely must use the bathroom during class, you may go without asking permission. This policy is not to be abused.
If you are leaving class later than normal and need a pass to your next class, you may fill one out and have it signed by the Director without asking. This policy is not to be abused.
The Director will not issue passes to students who have not come from the Director's class.
Other Classroom Rules
- The piano, keyboard, percussion instruments, TV and computers are off-limits at all times unless given permission.
- When you enter the room, the first thing you should do is look at the board to see what will take place during the day.
- Do not go into anyone else's instrument case or music folder.
- Do not enter the Director's office without permission.
- You may not pack up any part of your belongings or so much as stand up from your seat before the Director tells you to. It is extremely rude - even if the bell has rung.
- Always put your music and music stand away at the end of rehearsal.
- The Director does not have change for any monetary denomination. If you ask, you will be given a demerit.
- Name calling and hazing during class is not acceptable.
- All band students are expected to follow the chain of command.
- The Band Room is available during your lunch period, but not for eating lunch. You may eat in the lobby, but if it is not cleaned, this privilege will be taken away. Practice rooms are available during lunch.
- If your cell phone is on during rehearsal or class, it will be taken and will only be returned to a parent. There are no warnings.
- You may not listen to any personal music devices during class.
- No student is permitted to talk during announcements, and all students must stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
- The uniform policy will be strictly enforced. Do not ask to remove uniform components in class.
- Swearing is not permitted at any time during school hours or during school related events. Punishments include parent notification and demerits.
- Any student who talks back to the Director will be issued two demerits and the incident will be written up and reported to an administrator.
- Any repeated infraction of classroom policy will be written up and reported to an administrator.
- There will be no complaints, no attitude, and no excuses.
This Attendance Policy applies to all band events outside of the normal class periods. Commitment and regular attendance at these events are necessary for successful rehearsal and performance experiences! Any absence, regardless of the reason, causes innumerable difficulties for fellow band members and invariably requires repeated instruction and drilling for everybody at later rehearsals. Think about it - we don't have a "second string" of players.
The band does realize, however, that it is necessary for students to be absent from time to time, for legitimate reasons. It is important that the Director know so that he/she can plan accordingly. Please let the Director know in advance about an absence/lateness whenever possible. Unexcused absences will result in major grade deductions, which depend on the event.
Procedure for Excused Absences
· Please notify the Director in advance, whenever possible, about any schedule conflicts.
· The Director requires a parent signature to confirm an absence.
· Please make every effort to plan your other schedules around band activities whenever possible. Band is not extra-curricular.
· If you have a job, give your employer a copy of the band schedule so that he/she can arrange your work schedule accordingly. Absence due to employment is not an unexcused absence.
· Excused absences include:
§ Illness or emergency: Note required from parent at next band activity.
§ Athletic events: The Director will have a copy of the Athletics Schedule to confirm conflicts.
§ Family vacations: Please plan vacations around band events.
Students are responsible for finding their own transportation to events. After school rehearsals are scheduled on Activity-Bus days. The Director or any Band Parents can help set up carpools. No student should miss band because of transportation problems.
· Instrumentalists need to purchase a instrumental supplies in the beginning of the year. These can all be ordered from local music stores or online. The Director does not provide reeds, strings, mouthpieces, neck straps, valve oil, rosin, etc.
· Some students may need to rent instruments from a local music store. See the Director for details.
· Students may be required to purchase performance attire for concerts or other music events. Details coming soon.
· Students may be required to submit money for music trips.
NOTE: These expenditures are not unusual for any music program. Efforts have been made and will continue to be made to keep costs down as much as possible.
Fundraising will be necessary to strengthen the program and purchase much-needed equipment. If everyone does their part, there may be some great changes in store for our group!
General Rules and Procedures
1. All band members are required to travel to and from all band events on the buses when provided.
2. If other travel arrangements are necessary, a student must submit a written request from their parent, including the reason for alternate transportation, to the Director no later than 24 hours before an event. The principal will review and approve or deny the request. Exceptions in the case of emergency or illness will be made of course.
3. Only band members, parent chaperones, children of chaperones, and other persons authorized by the band director are permitted to ride the band buses.
4. Students must sit on their assigned bus.
5. Rules and regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook will be in effect for the entire length of any band event.
6. Band members will remain with the unit at all times. Members may not leave the unit without the permission of the Director.
7. All band members will sit together in the area designated by the Director. No individuals other than band members are permitted to sit within the band section. Chaperones and friends may sit across the aisle or on the outside edge of the band section. The Director will separate a band member from any individual judged to be a distraction.
8. All equipment and instruments must be stored properly upon returning to school.
9. We will always enter and exit a stadium as a group unless told otherwise.
10. All members will remain in the bleachers during the first, second, and fourth quarters.
11. After half-time band performances, including the opposing team's half-time show, the band will be excused for the third quarter. Band members may not leave the stadium for any reason during the third quarter. All band members must be in their seats by the end of the third quarter, ready to play.
12. All band members are representatives of our school and are expected to display good sportsmanship. Please make all visiting teams feel welcome and treat them with respect. Hopefully, we will be treated the same way when we visit their school.
At the conclusion of each grading period, students will be assessed a grade based on the following criteria and weight system:
Classwork, Class Participation, and Demerits
Your Classwork grade consists of two parts: Class Participation and Out-of-School Performance Participation.
If a student is actively involved in class, he or she is likely to receive a 100 for a participation grade, part of the Classwork Grade. However, students incur demerits for infractions of rules found in the Band Handbook, such as being late to class. Each demerit automatically deducts five points from the participation grade. In addition, the Director may adjust the participation grade to reward a student's improvement in class conduct or as a penalty for under-achieving students.
Each rehearsal, performance and class is extremely important. Violations of the Attendance policy cause major problems for the group. Your Classwork grade depends solely on your consistent appearance and contribution at all band functions.
Your Homework grade reflects your ability to complete all take-home assignments and projects.
Students may always approach the Director after class to discuss their grade.