CONCERT BAND SYLLABUS 2014-15COURSE NAME.....CHS CONCERT BAND (0.5 credits)
TRIMESTER..........1st Trimester only, 1st period, 2014-15
TEACHER.............Rob Rayfield
CONTACT INFO...Email: rayfielr@canby.k12.or.us Phone: 503-263-7200 x 5855
Classroom Expectations, Performance information, Assignments, Scope and Sequence and other class information can be found on my blog: http://blogs.canby.k12.or.us/rayfielr (Category: Concert Band)
OFFICE HOURS.....I am in my room at lunch and after school until 4:00 p.m. almost every day. Don’t hesitate to come in and ask for help, practice, or just work on your assignments.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Concert Band is composed of CHS wind and percussion students from all grades who prefer concert work during the 1st trimester. This ensemble will focus on the performance of light concert and pep band music of various styles. The required performances for this trimester are Playathon 2014 on October 4th and pep band at two home football games. To improve the performance level of all band members, the band will periodically be divided into various sub-groups for sectional rehearsals to concentrate on improving their instrumental technique and for testing. It is the student’s responsibility to learn their assigned parts.
Performance at scheduled concerts and festivals is required, and part of the student's grade. Unexcused absence from a required performance cannot be made up, and will result in a "0" grade.

CLASS RULES & EXPECTATIONS
• In your seat with your instrument ready to play at the bell
• Maintain good rehearsal etiquette at all times
• No electronic devices at any time for any reason unless required by instructor
• No food or drink except water
• Disruptive behavior will result in disciplinary action

LATE WORK GUIDELINES
Students are expected be part of all required performances, and to complete and turn in work on time. Per CHS policy late work (including make-up work for excused absences from performances) will be accepted up to the final deadline specified at the time of assignment.

STUDENT SUPPLIED MATERIALS
Student instruments (including mouthpieces & functional reeds) must be in class every day for rehearsal. District rental instruments are available for some low woodwinds, low brass and percussion instruments. The rental fee is $50.00 per school year (3 trimesters), and $25.00 for summer.
You must also provide a pencil, a three ring binder with page protectors, and concert attire (tuxes are provided by the school).

ATTENDANCE
Attendance is essential for success. The following will apply for an unexcused tardy or absence:
1) Verbal warning to student
2) Communication with parent(s) & student (documented in grade book)
3) Communication with parent(s), student, & counselor (documented in grade book,
may include classroom discipline)
4) Referral to Student Center
Each student is responsible for all material covered in class whether the student was present or not.

GRADING
Standards-based grading communicates how students perform on a set of clearly defined learning targets called standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what students know and are able to do in relation to pre-established learning targets. The traditional averaging of grades can mask what students have learned, or not learned, in a specific course.
Students are graded based on acquired knowledge of the Oregon Content Standards and Common Core State Standards. Students will be graded under two categories: formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments are used for learning. Examples might be quizzes, exit slips, homework, etc. They let students, parents and teachers know how a student is progressing in his/her learning. Summative assessments are assessments of learning. Examples might be unit exams, essays, etc. They let students, parents and teachers know what a student has learned when instruction is over.

Standards-based report cards separate academic performance from work habits and behavior in order to provide parents a more accurate view of a student’s progress in both academic and behavioral areas. Variables such as effort, participation, timeliness, cooperation, attitude, and attendance are reported separately, not as an indicator of a student’s academic performance. Behavior can no longer be a factor in determining students’ academic grades and will be reported out separately in the “Comments” section of the report card.

Grading Scale
A+ 99 – 100% C+ 79%
A 92 – 98% C 72 – 78%
A- 90 – 91% C- 70 – 71%
B+ 89% D+ 69%
B 82 – 88% D 62 – 68%
B- 80 – 81% D- 60 – 61%
F Below 60%

Student grades will be determined by the scores earned from the following:
• Formative Assessments will represent 20% of a student's grade. Summative assessments will represent 80% of a student's grade.
• Student's performance at required band performances (summative)
o Unexcused absence from a performance cannot be made up
• Performance evaluations and/or written tests on:
o Required Scales (formative)
• Concert scales: Major scales in C (and A minor), F , B-flat, E-flat, G, D, and A
o Basic Music Theory including the structure of scales and musical terms (formative)
o Various Basic Rhythms (formative)
Practice: Documentation of practice is not required, but the results of practice will be measured in formative and summative assessments.

CURRICULUM MATERIALS USED
• “Foundations for Superior Performance” by Richard Williams & Jeff King
• “66 Festive and Famous Chorales for Band” arranged by Frank Erickson
• Pep band selections in various styles contained in the CHS Pep Band List
• Music Theory booklet (handout)
• SmartMusic software
• Concert music to be selected


WRITING ASSIGNMENTS INFO
In an effort to support the CHS commitment to improving the ability of our students to effectively express themselves in writing, part of the requirement for this class is to complete two writing assignments of one paragraph each. The details are below:

1) Write one paragraph discussing your reason(s) for taking this class, and whether or not the class validated those reasons.

2) Write one paragraph discussing your favorite music style or group, and tell why.

In each paragraph, you will be evaluated on the following:
a) capitalization,
b) punctuation,
c) support for points made.

Paragraph #1 is due on Monday, 11/18/13.
Paragraph #2 is due at the beginning of the finals day for this class.

NOTE: If you are taking more than one class from Mr. Rayfield, you are only required to complete this assignment for one class.