Performance Class Grading Policy and Classroom Guidelines


All performance classes in the music department have the same grade categories and weights: 90% All tasks/assessments, 10% Practice/preparation.  


All tasks/Assessments 

These include grades for quizzes and tests (written and singing/playing) and performances.  



Each student will receive up to 5 points as a daily rehearsal skills grade.  Students earn full credit by:

**being prepared with music, pencil, & instrument

**demonstrating correct posture/playing position

**participating appropriately during the entire rehearsal

**attendance at every rehearsal is crucial to the success of our program!


More information on excellent rehearsal participation is on page 2



Your primary homework is to master your ensemble music.  Occasionally there may be other homework assignments that will be graded and counted as a formative grade.



Students must silence their phones and put them in their backpacks before class begins.  


Guidelines to Excellent Rehearsal Participation



Students are expected to pay attention throughout each class, and continually try to hone their listening skills.  This includes concentrating on the instructor throughout the rehearsal process, as well as the music being studied and rehearsed.



As with everything in life, great things can be achieved if we approach tasks with a positive attitude and an open mind.  Negative attitude only serves to get in the way and disrupt the music-making process.



Students are expected to NOT TALK during daily rehearsals.  Talking during rehearsals is distracting and inhibits the aesthetic atmosphere that we are trying to maintain.  In essence, singing and playing IS listening, and if one is talking, they are not listening.  This applies to sectional rehearsals also.



The old adage states “Positive attitude plus maximum effort equals excellence.”  Our job as musicians is to endeavor to recreate the fullest realization of the composer’s vision in sound.  Students are expected to put forth their highest effort to master the music and produce their most beautiful sound possible.  The entire ensemble can’t possibly sound polished until all musicians buy into this fact. 




Everything you do in a musical ensemble affects not just the people near you but also the entire group.  An ensemble’s overall excellence depends on every person.  When everyone follows these guidelines our rehearsals are more productive and more enjoyable.  Let’s have a terrific year!