Music Department Handbook

Grading Policies

Grading Criteria

Student musicians earn their grades through the following criteria:

 

Band & Orchestra
Chorus
 

Band Grading Policies

 

Participation - 20% of total grade

 

Timeliness - 10 points

Follows all expectations about entering classroom and has completed all procedures, including being seated when the Director takes the podium.

 

Supplies - 20 points

Instrumental Only:  Do you have your instrument?

  • No:  0pts

  • Yes: 

    • Have all supplies:  20pts.

    • Missing 1 supply:  10pts.

    • Missing 2 supplies:  0pts.

 

Participation - 70 points

Based on percentage of time participating in class.

 

See Rubric Poster for information.

 

 
After-School Rehearsals & Projects - 10% of total grade

After-School Rehearsals will be held throughout each grading period.  When an after-school rehearsal is not held during a marking period, students will be required to complete a project to earn this portion of their grade.

 

After-School Rehearsals

After-school rehearsals are a period of time which allows all students in an ensemble to rehearse together for an extended length of time.  This allows student musicians to be able to get portions of the music that cannot be done in a normal class setting rehearsed and worked out.  In addition, many of our ensembles are split across several sections of class periods.  An after-school rehearsal allows for students in an ensemble to rehearse together. 

 

Without 100% of our students attending these after-school rehearsals, we are unable to achieve maximum success in our performance.  Because of this, the following after-school rehearsal policies are in effect for all after-school rehearsals.

  • Attendance at all after-school rehearsals is mandatory, and are a part of each student musician's grade

  • Due to the criteria outlined above, after-school rehearsals cannot be made up

  • Rehearsal schedules will be communicated weeks in advance

  • Absences from an after-school rehearsal follow the same attendance policy as the school day:  Absences due to illness and family emergency are excused

  • Absences outside of the above noted excused absences are considered unexcused and must be communicated to the director at least one week in advance...this includes: appointments with a doctor/dentist, other appointments deemed necessary by parents, etc...  Upon communicating the absence to the director at least one week in advance, the director may excuse the absence at their discretion 

  • Other after-school activities are not considered excused and will not be excused

 

Projects

In the event that no after-school rehearsals are scheduled for your ensemble during a marking period, you may be assigned a project.  This project will be due at a specified deadline and will be completed outside of the normal school day.  This major project will be one assignment and will encompass 10% of your overall grade.  Because of this, it is important for you to get the assignment turned-in on-time as late submissions may incur a penalty or not be accepted at all.

 

Written / Playing Tests & Quizzes - 30% of total grade

Tests and quizzes will be given throughout each marking period.  Tests are used to formally assess a musician’s achievement, where quizzes are less formal.  Because of this, tests are weighted twice as much as quizzes.  Tests will be given at least once each marking period and musicians will be given adequate notice when a test is approaching.  Because At-Home Practice will not receive it's own portion of the overall grade, quizzes and tests will be used to assess your at-home practice. 

 

Performances - 40% of total grade

Performances are the most important portion of each musician’s grade.  Performances will occur throughout the school year.  When a musician is schedule for a performance, it is mandatory that they attend.  Please see the “Performances” page for more information.

 

Chorus Grading Policies

 
Participation - 30% of total grade

Timeliness - 10 points

Follows all expectations about entering classroom and has completed all procedures, including being seated when the Director takes the podium.

 

Supplies - 20 points

  • Have all supplies:  20pts.

  • Missing 1 supply:  10pts.

  • Missing 2 supplies:  0pts.

 

Participation - 70 points

Based on percentage of time participating in class.

 

Written / Playing Tests & Quizzes - 30% of total grade

Tests and quizzes will be given throughout each marking period.  Tests are used to formally assess a musician’s achievement, where quizzes are less formal.  Because of this, tests are weighted twice as much as quizzes.  Tests will be given at least once each marking period and musicians will be given adequate notice when a test is approaching. 

 

Performances - 40% of total grade

Performances are the most important portion of each musician’s grade.  Performances will occur throughout the school year.  When a musician is schedule for a performance, it is mandatory that they attend.  Please see the “Performances” page for more information.

 

Orchestra Grading Criteria

 

Participation - 20% of total grade

Students will earn 4 points, for full participation, each day.  This will give them an overall grade of 20 points for a five day week.  The overall score for the week will be multiplied to have an overall outcome based on a 100% scale.

 

Participation is based on three criteria:  The instrument being present in class, supplies being present in class, and actual participation during the class.  The below rubric outlines how the grade will be calculated.

 
 

*If the instrument is not present, but there is an instrument to borrow, then the student may still participate in the lesson and their grade will be reduced according to the above rubric.

**If the instrument is not present, and there is no instrument to borrow, then the grade will be reduced according to the above rubric.

After-School Rehearsals & Projects - 10% of total grade

After-School Rehearsals will be held throughout each grading period.  When an after-school rehearsal is not held during a marking period, students will be required to complete a project to earn this portion of their grade.

 

After-School Rehearsals

After-school rehearsals are a period of time which allows all students in an ensemble to rehearse together for an extended length of time.  This allows student musicians to be able to get portions of the music that cannot be done in a normal class setting rehearsed and worked out.  In addition, many of our ensembles are split across several sections of class periods.  An after-school rehearsal allows for students in an ensemble to rehearse together. 

 

Without 100% of our students attending these after-school rehearsals, we are unable to achieve maximum success in our performance.  Because of this, the following after-school rehearsal policies are in effect for all after-school rehearsals.

  • Attendance at all after-school rehearsals is mandatory, and are a part of each student musician's grade

  • Due to the criteria outlined above, after-school rehearsals cannot be made up

  • Rehearsal schedules will be communicated weeks in advance

  • Absences from an after-school rehearsal follow the same attendance policy as the school day:  Absences due to illness and family emergency are excused

  • Absences outside of the above noted excused absences are considered unexcused and must be communicated to the director at least one week in advance...this includes: appointments with a doctor/dentist, other appointments deemed necessary by parents, etc...  Upon communicating the absence to the director at least one week in advance, the director may excuse the absence at their discretion 

  • Other after-school activities are not considered excused and will not be excused

 

Projects

In the event that no after-school rehearsals are scheduled for your ensemble during a marking period, you may be assigned a project.  This project will be due at a specified deadline and will be completed outside of the normal school day.  This major project will be one assignment and will encompass 10% of your overall grade.  Because of this, it is important for you to get the assignment turned-in on-time as late submissions may incur a penalty or not be accepted at all.

 

Written / Playing Tests & Quizzes - 30% of total grade

Tests and quizzes will be given throughout each marking period.  Tests are used to formally assess a musician’s achievement, where quizzes are less formal.  Because of this, tests are weighted twice as much as quizzes. 

 

At least one playing test will be assessed throughout the marking period. Grades will be earned on a rubric with a 4 points scale. Scores will be earned holistically based on the testing rubric below. Students who are present in class and do not take the quiz or test, or are absent and fail to make- up the quiz or test, will earn a holistic score of 0.

 

Written quizzes and/or tests will be scored on a 4 points scale as well. Students who are present in class and do not take the quiz or test, or are absent and fail to make-up the quiz or test, will earn a holistic score of 0.

 

Tests will be weighted double to quizzes. After being properly weighted, scores from written and playing tests will be averaged together and then will be multiplied to have an overall outcome on a 100 point scale.

 

The below rubric will outline how students will be graded on playing tests and quizzes.

Performances - 40% of total grade

Performances are the most important portion of each musician’s grade.  Performances will occur throughout the school year.  When a musician is schedule for a performance, it is mandatory that they attend.  Please see the “Performances” page for more information.

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