Welcome to the instrumental music program at Ilchester Elementary School!  I am very excited about working with you and your child this year.  The instrumental music program offers a wonderful opportunity to foster the musical development of your child.  Performing in instrumental ensembles gives students so much more then just musical training.  Students learn cooperation & teamwork, commitment & responsibility, tolerance & acceptance as well as perseverance and self-discipline.  Performing in concerts builds self-esteem, confidence and pride in accomplishment!  Studying music also reinforces reading and math skills, and enhances gross and fine motor skills. 

Having high expectations and standards gives each student the maximum benefit and enjoyment from their musical experiences.  This page will explain those expectations and also the policies regarding your child’s participation in the instrumental program.  Please read it through with your child.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school (410-313-2524) or via e-mail: laura_baker@hcpss.org
I look forward to working with you as you support your child’s musical growth and development!

GENERAL INFORMATION
Weekly Lessons
All students meet with me twice a week.  Band and strings are part of a "pullout program." This means that students are “pulled out” of other classes (2x/month of recess, 2x/month of specials, 2x/month of language arts, and 2x/month of content) to attend instrumental music.  Students are not pulled out of math. Students are responsible for making up the work they miss while at instrumental music. The schedule is on a four week rotation so they are not always missing the same subjects. Beginning strings students have two 30 minute classes per week.  Beginning band students will have three 30 minute classes and one full band rehearsal every two weeks.  Intermediate strings, Advanced band and Advanced string students receive one 30 minute lesson and one full ensemble rehesrsal per week. It is imperative that every student arrives on time and prepared for each lesson and rehearsal. At each lesson your child will be given an assignment to be practiced at home.  Students will also receive warm-up exercises that should be played before practicing.  Students will occasionally be given written music theory or written response assignments.  Written assignments will be due at the first lesson of the following week. 
 Instrumental Music Report Card

ILCHESTER ELEMENTARY:  INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC GRADING POLICY

Creativity and Composition - 20%

Students will complete assignments demonstrating their knowledge of note reading and music theory to further their understanding of music notation and creative processes.

·       Theory/Composition Assessments:  Minimum of two/quarter.  Theory assignments will be evaluated by the creating rubric provided by Howard County Public Schools. Any assessment receiving a D or below will be sent home and require a parent signature.

Musicianship - 15%

Students will complete assignments that explore musical works performed in the class to further their understanding of performance practice. Assignments will include listening to personal, ensemble, and professional recordings and describing what they hear using appropriate vocabulary and completing playing assessments that demonstrate their mastery of these musicianship skills.

·       Musicianship Assessments: Minimum of two/quarter:  one written listening evaluation and one playing assessment.  Written assignments will be evaluated by the responding rubric provided by Howard County Public Schools.  Formal playing assessments are evaluated based on a rubric provided on the back of the scoring sheet. Any assessment receiving a D or below will be sent home and require a parent signature.

Applied Skills & Technical Development - 50%

Students will receive graded performance assessments and skills tests throughout the year. These tests may be live or video /audio recorded.

·       Performance Assessments:  Each formal assessment is worth 25 points, minimum of two/quarter.  Formal playing assessments are evaluated based on a rubric provided on the back of the scoring sheet.  Any assessment receiving a D or below will be sent home and require a parent signature.

Reflection - 15%

Students will receive written reflection assignments over the course of the year. Students will evaluate their performances and performances by other groups in the following categories: tone, technique, intonation, musicality, balance, interpretation, musical effect, and other factors.

·       Reflection Assessments: Minimum of one/quarter. Written reflection assignments will be evaluated using the responding rubric provided by Howard County Public Schools. Any assessment receiving a D or below will be sent home and require a parent signature.

Procedures and Practices - Represented in Learning Behaviors

Students are learning to perform on their instruments, as well as learning to conduct themselves in a large ensemble rehearsal.  This class will put the student in the role of a professional instrumental musician.  As such, they will be asked to show their understanding of rehearsal and performance behavior.  Students are observed and assessed on their instrumental performance and rehearsal conduct on a daily basis. This includes attendance to classes and concerts as well as being prepared for class and their completed practice logs.

 

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS- 

·       Shows respect to peers and adults- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by being courteous and polite when interacting with others during class discussions, activities, rehearsals, and concerts.

·       Shares opinions respectfully- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by being positive and polite while discussing other’s abilities or performance and giving constructive feedback.

·       Contributes positively to the classroom and school community- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by participating in school events and performances.

RESPONSIBILITY-

·       Follows established schoolwide and classroom procedures- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by attending all scheduled instrumental music classes on time unless absent from school or the absence has been approved by the instrumental music teacher.

·       Follows oral and written directions

·       Exhibits self-control and manages emotions - Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by being gracious when given constructive feedback on a performance

·       Participates actively in learning- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by being an active member of their class and ensemble and attending lessons, rehearsals, and concerts.

·       Manages time effectively to complete work- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior completing all written assignments on time and utilize their practice times and charts to make sure they are achieving performance goals.

·       Organizes and manages materials- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by bringing all of their materials including instrument, music, accessories, and pencils to each rehearsal.

·       Accepts responsibility for actions- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by acknowledging that they are part of a team and their actions including practicing an appropriate amount of time and attending all performances are integral on the team’s performance.

 

PERSEVERENCE--

·       Works through challenges- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by practicing new material without giving up or compromising effort

·       Attempts new strategies when needed

·       Solves problems- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by be utilizing canvas, email, and before school time, as well as class time to find the answers and solutions to problems they encounter during their practice time at home or during lessons/rehearsals.

·       Asks questions and seeks information

·       Accepts and learns from feedback- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by taking constructive comments and applying them to their performance through practice.

·       Demonstrates stamina- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by utilizing practice time and practice charts to achieve performance goals assigned in instrumental music class and persevering through challenges.

 

COLLABORATION-

·       Works cooperatively in a variety of settings- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by being polite and respectful in lessons, rehearsals, and concerts.

·       Thinks flexibly

·       Acknowledge others’ ideas- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by being respectful when discussing another student’s performance or interpretation of a piece of music.

·       Demonstrates ability to reach compromise- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by listening to the opinion of both the teacher and other students and working on a solution on how to play certain songs and pieces.

·       Shares responsibility- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by acknowledging that everyone in an ensemble is important and needs to be prepared and on time for all lessons, rehearsals, and concerts.

·       Contributes to conversations and group discussions

 

INITIATIVE-

·       Takes appropriate academic risks- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by working on their own advancement through self-directed “belt” testing. 

·       Begins task without prompting- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by coming into their lessons and rehearsals quietly, putting their instruments together, tuning, and warming up.

·       Demonstrates self-advocacy- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by asking questions when they do not understand a concept and requesting extra help when needed. 

·       Uses technology to demonstrate learning- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by completing all Canvas assignments and submitting them on time.

·       Seeks to improve work- Students in band and orchestra will demonstrate this behavior by utilizing practice time and charts to master concepts taught in lessons and rehearsals.

 

According to Howard County Public School policy, attendance at the two main concert events is required for anyone participating in instrumental music. Children are excused if they have an excused absence from school the day of the concert, there is a death in the family, or an unexpected documented illness/injury.  Any reason not included as an excused absence by Howard County Public Schools, is not an excused absence from a concert (i.e. vacation or sporting event).  Dates for the concerts are listed well ahead of time and can be found on the music website.  www.ilchestermusic.org

 

Lesson Books

      All students will be required to purchase an instrumental music lesson book.
Beginning Band students use the "Accent on Achievement" book 1 for their instrument
Advanced Band students use the "Accent on Achievement" books 1 and 2 for their instrument
Percussion students use "Accent on Achievement" book 1 for mallet percussion only and "Rhythm Reading for Drums" book 1 by Garwood Whaley
Beginning String students use the "Essential Elements" book 1 for their instrument
Intermediate and Advanced String students use the "Essential Elements" books 1 and 2 for their instrument

CONCERT DATES:
All band and string students will perform in a winter and spring concert. 
Student attendance is mandatory, so please mark your calendars now! 
Absence due to sudden illness, death in the faily, or religious observation will be excused with a written note upon the student’s return to school.
November 21, Advanced Band at Howard High Pyramid Concert, details TBA
December 12, Advanced Band, Advanced Strings, and Intermediate Strings, 7:00
December 16, Advanced Band, Advaned Strings, and IntermediateStrings Snow Date, 7:00
January 30, Beginning Strings, Beginning Band, and Jazz Band, 7:00
February 3, Beginning Strings, Beginning Band, and Jazz Band Snow Date, 7:00
April 15, Solo and Ensemble Concert, 7:00
April 18, Howard County Elementary Solo and Ensemble Festival, all day
April 30, Advanced Band, Advanced Strings and Intermediate Strings, 7:00
June 4, Beginning Strings, Beginning Band, and Jazz Band, 7:00

 

 CONCERT DRESS
White blouse, polo or button down shirt. Black skirt or dress pants. Dark shoes and socks.
 


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