Grading Policy

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JD String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra

Classwork = 40%

Musicianship

Students will complete assignments that explore musical works performed in the class to further their understanding of performance practice. Assignments will include listening to professional recordings and researching musical works to understand musical, historical, and even cultural context. Other assignments will be based on practice checks where the focus is on developing good habits and personal responsibility.

  • Composer reports

  • Music research reports

  • Practice reports

Participation

Students are not just learning to perform on their instruments, but they are also learning to conduct themselves in a large ensemble rehearsal. This class will put the student in the role of a responsible instrumental musician. As such, you will be expected to show your understanding of rehearsal and performance behavior. Students are observed and assessed on their instrumental performance and rehearsal conduct on a daily basis. Being a musician includes showing up to rehearsals with your music learned to the highest level and being punctual to performances.

  • Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Material Preparation


Assessments = 40%

Assessments

Every student will receive graded performance assessments and technique tests throughout the year.

  • Playing Tests - on class music

  • Technique Checks - from Habits method book or Daily Warm Ups

Music Theory

To become a skilled musician, students must practice the language and rules of written music. Frequent theory assignments will be given to check for understanding and aid in fluency.

  • Scale tests

  • Music Theory Assignments


Tests = 20%

Performances

Each student must plan ahead and participate in all scheduled performances. This includes any after-school rehearsals scheduled for upcoming concerts. Parent contact to excuse as soon as possible or in the event of an emergency is the only acceptable excuse. See Concert Attendance page for details.

  • Showing up on time

  • Behavior both on stage and off

  • Materials and music

  • Proper concert attire

Orchestra II

Classwork = 50%

Musicianship

Students will complete assignments that explore musical works performed in the class to further their understanding of performance practice. Assignments will include listening to professional recordings and researching musical works to understand musical, historical, and even cultural context. Other assignments will be based on practice checks where the focus is on developing good habits and personal responsibility.

  • Composer reports

  • Music research reports

Participation

Students in Intermediate Orchestra are not just learning to perform on their instruments, but they are also learning to conduct themselves in a large ensemble rehearsal. This class will put the student in the role of a responsible instrumental musician. As such, you will be expected to do your very best as a member of an ensemble. Students are observed and assessed on their instrumental performance and rehearsal conduct on a daily basis. Being a musician includes showing up to rehearsals with your music learned to the highest level and being punctual to performances.

  • Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Material Preparation


Assessments = 30%

Assessments

Every student will receive graded performance assessments and technique tests throughout the year.

  • Playing Tests - on class music

  • Technique Checks - from class method book or Daily Warm-Ups

Music Theory

To become a skilled musician, students must practice the language and rules of written music. Frequent theory assignments will be given to check for understanding and aid in fluency.

  • Music Theory Assignments


Tests = 20%

Performances

Each student must plan ahead and participate in all scheduled performances. This includes any after-school rehearsals scheduled for upcoming concerts. Parent contact to excuse as soon as possible or in the event of an emergency is the only acceptable excuse. See Concert Attendance page for details.

  • Showing up on time

  • Behavior both on stage and off

  • Materials and music

  • Proper concert attire

Orchestra I

Classwork = 50%

Musicianship

Students will complete assignments that explore musical works performed in the class to further their understanding of performance practice. Assignments will include listening to recordings of current class music to train the ear. Other assignments will be based on practice checks where the focus is on developing good habits and personal responsibility.

  • Composer reports

  • Mini music research reports

  • Practice reports

Participation

Students in Beginning Orchestra are not just learning to perform on their instruments, but they are also learning to conduct themselves in an ensemble rehearsal. This class will put the student in the role of a responsible instrumental musician. As such, you will be expected to do your very best as a member of an ensemble. Students are observed and assessed on their rehearsal conduct on a daily basis. Being a musician includes showing up to rehearsals on time with your materials and your music learned to the highest level.

  • Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Material Preparation


Assessments = 30%

Assessments

Every student will receive graded performance assessments and technique tests throughout the year.

  • Playing Tests - on class music

  • Technique Checks - from class method book or Daily Warm-Ups

Music Theory

To become a skilled musician, students must practice the language and rules of written music. Frequent theory assignments will be given to check for understanding and aid in fluency.

  • Music Theory Assignments


Tests = 20%

Performances

Each student must plan ahead and participate in all scheduled performances. This includes any after-school rehearsals scheduled for upcoming concerts. Parent contact to excuse as soon as possible or in the event of an emergency is the only acceptable excuse. See Concert Attendance page for details.

  • Showing up on time

  • Behavior both on stage and off

  • Materials and music

  • Proper concert attire