Students grades will be based upon the following:
As a performance based class, Orchestra students are expected to be at the required End of Semester Performance. All students must perform their concert music each semester. If a student has a conflict, parents should inform Mrs. Brown about it before the day of the concert and arrangements will be made for her/him to perform his/her music at another time. Any student who does not perform their concert music will earn zero points. Anyone who misses a concert will have to perform in front of the class the next time they are at school in order to earn their points.
Homework Pages and Practice Bingo:
Every student is expected to practice at home and document their time spent practicing. Prctice Bingos are due weekly. This is our musical groups’ homework. Besdies weekly practice, students will receive short homework pages to apply music reading concepts learned in class. Homework may be turned in late, but will asses a late penatly. Any pages not turned in will earn zero points.
Musical groups are a performance based class. Almost everything we learn will be performed at some time for an audience. Playing tests provide feedback on how well each student is doing when it comes to their preparation for our performances. Notation,rhythm, pitch, dynamics, articulation and style are elements that are evaluated. Tests include performing musical exercises or parts of concert selections. All students may retest a playing test to achieve mastery.
Musical groups are similar to sports teams: the group succeeds when every member participates in a positive and productive way. Each week, each student will receive a Participation grade: follows directions, participates in a productive way, comes prepared with instrument and all supplies, is pro-active (thinks of solutions and thinks of ways to help others), comes ready to learn, leads by example, is willing to make mistakes and learn from them. If more than 3 reminders need to be given about posture, instrument assembly, supplies, or following directions, participation points will be lowered.