Handbook - Rules, Expectations, and Order Forms

**Go to Google classroom, sign up for your music class with the code below, AND fill out the handbook forms**

Inter. Band/Band 6 – 9cdnkt
Inter. Orch./Orch. 6 – z94ku8
Advanced Band – x6ek9p
Advanced Orch. – 1bzmcq
Wind Ensemble – es8ekw
String Ensemble – 6turxb

 

ORDER FORMS - Staple your money directly to the form or put in an envelope. All forms and Money due no later than August 29th.

Extra Music Spirit Clothing Form

Band & Orchestra Concert Attire Order Form

 

HANDBOOK (This is posted on your Google Classroom. Please take the survey there. This is for your reference later in the year.)

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WELCOME

Dear Newhart Band & Orchestra Students and Families,

On behalf of the Newhart Middle School Music Department, I would like to welcome you to the 2017‐18 school year. I am excited to have you as a part of our music program this year! All students, including you, should look forward to a fun year of music making. I appreciate that you are taking the time to read over this information which will prepare you and your family for the responsibilities as a member of the band or orchestra along with the events and expectations of your music program. If a problem or question should arise, please feel free to consult this information (also posted on our music website at NewhartMusic.com under handbook) or contact me any time via email, note or phone call!

We will play our instruments in class daily, perform in daytime & evening concerts, and enjoy various field trips which will hopefully include Disney for the Advanced & Ensemble level groups. Students enrolled in music classes are required to take part in all concerts! It is highly encouraged that family members and friends attend the concerts too. The musical growth will be amazing and the students love to perform for the people closest to them! Concert dates are posted later in this google form and at NewhartMusic.com under Calendar of Events.

Not sure what you want to play this year or thinking of finding a new instrument? Your teacher is also a good resource of information regarding instrument purchases, instrument insurance, private lessons, local performing group opportunities and honor groups. Please contact me anytime if you need help in any of these areas.

In order to help you with concert attire and other fun music clothing, you will have 2 optional forms for ordering clothing. These will be or was passed out on the first day of school and a printable version will be posted on our music website. In order to get the planning and program underway, it is very important that if you are interested in any clothing, the 2 forms are returned with the money attached no later than Tuesday, August 29th. There is also a recommended donation which would be appreciated by August 29th as well so we can plan our year. There are details on another page here.

Our hope is that throughout the year, the students will also have the opportunity to work with one of our music coaches from time to time. The coaches are professionals and music teachers in the area who are district cleared and work with the students with more instrument specific instruction. The students really enjoy this time and are able to grow in leaps and bounds while I am able to work more specifically with the other sections.

We will also have one of our coaches, Alexandra Forester from UCI, who will be completing her student teaching with us at Newhart this year. Ms. Forester is a former Newhart and Capistrano Valley High School student and she will be a great asset to our classroom! She will be part time in the Fall and full time in the Spring. She is very talented and already has a great rapport with the students!

I look forward to seeing parents/guardians at our Back to School Night on August 31st and at our many concerts throughout this year. Thank you very much for your help, support and dedication to music and your music education! This should be a fun, exciting, and musical year!!!!!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Valerie Petty, Instrumental Music Director

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How are we able to do all this fun stuff?

The ensembles of the Newhart Instrumental Music Department are funded entirely by the donations collected from our participating members and the small amount of fundraising efforts. The Capistrano Unified School District is only able to support the music program by providing teacher’s salaries and facilities. ALL other instructional expenses, including sheet music, instruments, instrument maintenance, transportation and specialized coaching are funded 100% by family donations.

In order for us to run the wonderful music program that we have in the past which includes field trips, great new music, wonderful professional coaching, workbooks, field trips, buses, etc. we ask for a family donation. If we receive enough donations to cover the costs of this fun program, we will not ask for money later this year. Most likely we will have one fundraiser of Cougar Gold Cards and Entertainment Books in mid-September.

 

Suggested Donations are $70 for Band or Orchestra.

  • In an effort to continue the high level of musical excellence offered at Newhart and the kind of program I have planned for the students this year, we rely on parent/guardian donations at the beginning of the year and only one fundraiser.
  • We are suggesting a voluntary Band/Orchestra Program Donation of $70.00 per instrumental student for this school year. The donations go directly to your child's music program!!!
  • Why donate? The donation helps offset the cost of most field trips, transportation to and from the field trips, new sheet music, music folders, bound music materials like your their workbook, music T-shirt, case name tags, instrumental/professional coaches, regular maintenance of school instruments (not neglect), school owned concert attire, ties, etc.
  • Please make your check payable to “Newhart M.S. ASB,” place the student’s name under the memo section of the check and if possible, please return by Tuesday, August 29th. Cash will also be gladly accepted however I do not have the capabilities to make change.
  • Any amount is appreciated! When needed, we have had families make payments. Some families have also donated extra for students who weren't able to donate or to help the program get extra music, equipment and to go towards field trips.
  • The purpose of the donations is to be used directly on for your child's class THIS YEAR as part of their music program and not towards any other programs at Newhart. Without enough donations, we will have to make changes to the program.
  • A portion of the instrumental donation helps us bring in weekly coaches to work with specific instruments by professionals on those instruments. Due to scheduling and finding quality coaches, not every instrumental student has a coach. However, when some students are with a coach, the others get more specialized instruction from me, their music teacher. Plus we are always looking for more quality, district cleared coaches to fill some of those gaps.
  • Donations are voluntary and all students will be able to participate regardless of whether a donation is made or not. The amount of total donations determines what the program looks like, but every student will participate in the same program.
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    MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MUSIC PROGRAM

     

    WHEN DO STUDENTS NEED THEIR INSTRUMENT? (Not the first day, for sure. Leave them at home for now.)

    • ADVANCED & ENSEMBLE - August 23rd. By August 28th, we will expect all students to have their instruments & needed supplies as part of their grade.
    • INTERMEDIATE - On Wednesday, August 23rd, I will show all Intermediate students which instruments are available in their group, how to take care of their instruments, how to put them together and basic info. We will also begin to play a little bit. However, by August 29th, I will expect all students to have their instruments & needed supplies as part of their grade.
    • When you start bringing in instruments, I will show all students how to maintain their instruments, they will get case tags and I will also check playing for condition. By Aug. 28th, it will be expected that all students have their instruments & needed supplies as part of their participation grade. Please do not bring them earlier than the 23rd.

     

    WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW WHAT INSTRUMENT I WANT TO PLAY?

    • INTERMEDIATE - For the first few day(s), I will demonstrate all 14 band instrument options in band & 4 in orchestra. Many students will choose to change instruments and some will not. That is a personal and family decision that will be made within the first week. (Percussion/drum auditions will take place no later than 9:30 AM on August 30 here on google classroom via a video playing test. Details will go out to those interested.)

    • ADVANCED & ENSEMBLE - If you are interested in switching, please see your teacher. Since you have been playing an instrument for a while now, it may or may not be a good idea to change instruments. Let's talk and see what we can do to help! (Percussion/drum auditions will take place no later than 9:30 AM on August 30 here on google classroom via a video playing test. Details will go out to those interested.)

     

    AS A 7th OR 8th GRADER, DO I NEED TO AUDITION FOR THE STRING ENSEMBLE OR WIND ENSEMBLE?

    If you are placed in the Advanced or Ensemble classes for this year AND you would like to be in the Ensemble level class, you will need to audition. All students wanting to be in the top level band or orchestra (Ensemble) must audition so the teacher can see if you are ready for the group whether you have been pre-placed in the group or not. We also need to start placing students for parts and chairs. FYI - The Advanced & Ensemble classes are very similar and do the same types of concerts and field trips, however, the difficulty of music is often more advanced for the Ensemble class. I need to make sure all students are able to play, learn and perform at the appropriate level for them. Audition music & scale sheets will be passed out on day 2 with specific audition songs or measures noted around day 3 or 4. All students will need to post their auditions via video recording posted on your Wind Ensemble or String Ensemble Google Classroom site no later than 9:30 AM on Wednesday, August 30th.

     

    BAND EXPECTED STUDENT PRACTICE ROUTINE

    Daily practice time is essential for student success in band. All band students should spend a minimum of 20-30 minutes each day in individual practice. During that time, students should us a metronome approximately 90% of their practice time. Daily practice is the homework for the band. The guidelines below will help to organize your practice time. Remember, practice time is to be spent practicing, not watching the clock.
    • Practice in the same place each day. Be sure there are no distractions.
    • Begin with long tones & brass players should also buzz on your mouthpiece. Concentrate on producing a pleasing sound. Think about your breathing. Produce a steady and controlled air stream. You should love your sound. It is yours and no one else's. No two musicians have the same tone. Always make sure that your tone is clear and beautiful.
    • Spend time on arpeggios, scales and exercises in your workbook. Slowly at first and then work for speed. Work from your Newhart Workbook every day. Try to stay several lines ahead of the class. Work for accuracy and be sure to play everything on the page.
    • Practice in front of a mirror to check your embouchure, hand position, and posture.
    • Practice your music. Work on the parts that you cannot play using a metronome. Practice them slowly at first and then increase the speed. Work one measure at a time for difficult parts. Once you are able to play a measure five times without mistakes then you can increase the tempo. The same goes for the entire exercise or song.
    • Pay careful attention to details such as: correct notes and fingerings, rhythms, key signatures and accidentals, signs and symbols, dynamics and articulations.
    • End by playing something just for fun.
    • Swab woodwinds thoroughly, empty water from brasses and return instrument safely to case.
    HINT: If you struggle with fingerings or note names, please use your flash cards and/or the flash card websites listed at NewhartMusic.com. Using flash card programs can count for a portion of you practice time.

     

    ORCHESTRA EXPECTED STUDENT PRACTICE ROUTINE

    Daily practice time is essential for student success in orchestra. All string players should spend a minimum of 20-30 minutes each day in individual practice, 5 days a week. During that time, students should us a metronome approximately 90% of the time. Daily practice time is the homework for orchestra. The guidelines below will help to organize your practice time. Remember, practice time is to be spent practicing, not watching the clock.
    • Practice in the same place each day. Be sure there are no distractions.
    • Begin by tuning your instrument. Use a tuner.
    • Spend time on your scales. Play them slowly at first and then work for speed. Work from your Newhart Workbook every day. Try to stay several lines ahead of the class. Work for accuracy and be sure to play everything on the page.
    • Practice in front of a mirror to check your bow hold, hand position (left & right hands/thumbs), & posture.
    • Practice your music, working to make it better. Work on the parts that you cannot play using a metronome. Practice them slowly at first and then increase the speed. Work one measure or a half a measure at a time for difficult parts. Once you are able to play a measure five times without mistakes then slightly increase the tempo. The same goes for the entire exercises or songs.
    • Pay careful attention to details such as: correct notes and finger placement, rhythms, key signatures and accidentals, signs and symbols, bowings and dynamics.
    • End by playing something just for fun or performing a concert for family members.
    • Loosen your bow, wipe off rosin dust and return instrument safely to case.
    HINT: If you struggle with fingerings or note names, please use your flash cards and/or the flash card websites listed at NewhartMusic.com. You may count up to 30 minutes a week using flash cards on your practice card.

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    Concert/Performance Attire

    CONCERT ATTIRE - Except for the Senior Center & Non-Performance Field Trips

    Our concert attire consists of a white long-sleeve ¼” pleat wing tip tux shirt with 4 black studs, solid black long pants, solid black full length socks and solid black dress shoes. Ladies have a second option and are asked to wear an all-black, short sleeve, full-length dress. A bow tie will be school owned and issued at every concert.

    This gives each ensemble a professional look on stage while also giving flexibility and multiple options for students’ individual needs, using formal clothing that can work for other occasions and functions.

    All students will be provided with attire based on availability. This concert attire must be returned at the end of the year in the same condition as received. Students who fail to return the attire or who return attire that is damaged beyond ordinary wear and tear will be required to reimburse the school for the full replacement cost.

    We understand that some students may choose to purchase their own concert attire. We are providing an opportunity for students to purchase concert attire through the school if desired.

    Due to the complexity of the exact measurements for a tuxedo shirt, adults who know how to measure will measure the students at school in early September. Students will receive their shirts in time for their band/orchestra pictures and concerts.

    Do you have questions about concert dress? Please contact me as soon as possible. Students or parents must notify the teacher/director as soon as possible (and in all instances at least 7 days in advance of a performance or other activity where concert dress is needed) regarding any issues, questions, or problems with concert attire. Students who fail to notify the teacher and are then not appropriately dressed for the performance will not be allowed to perform and/or may have their concert grade lowered.

     

    FIELD TRIP ATTIRE - Non-performance

    1. This Years’ RED Newhart Music T-Shirt (Provided by music program)
    2. Blue Jean Pants/Skirts/Shorts (Preferably) or Blue Pants/Skirts/Shorts
    3. Tennis/Gym/Skater/Converse/Vans Shoes (Comfortable closed toed shoes intended for walking)

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    FAMILY RESOURCES - TECHNOLOGY, LESSONS, & PTA

    These websites make class time more efficient and facilitates greater communication. We need YOU to use these three internet-based sites for students to be the most successful and parents more informed.

    The last 2 posts in this section are optional but are wonderful programs you should consider.

     

    SCHOOLLOOP for Student AND Parent/Guardian Sign-up (PLEASE SIGN-UP ASAP)

    • SCHOOLLOOP is where ALL Newhart teachers post their assignments and grades. You can see your child’s grades any time you wish. I try to update as often as assignments are graded which is often weekly. Late assignments usually take more time.
    • You will get emails that us teachers generate for of our students and/or their parents/guardians. Sign-up ASAP so you don’t miss out on all of the information we send regarding upcoming events (concerts, field trips, deadlines, etc.) and the posting of assignments including due dates of said assignments.
    • You will also see a weekly calendar of assignments or events that each teacher posts.

    Sign-up for Schoolloop:
    1. Go to Newhart.Schoolloop.com
    2. Register your child as a student AND yourself as a parent/guardian. It is important that both parents AND students register separately with separate emails.

     

    GOOGLE CLASSROOM for Students Only

    • We will post surveys & forms on GC.
    • This will be the location where students will submit/post their video playing tests.

     

    NewhartMusic.com

    NewhartMusic.com
    • The Newhart Middle School Music Program has an extensive website which will be a great resource throughout the year.
    • You can view this website at any time!
    • You can find calendar information, field trip questions and answers, pictures of the students in action, flash card websites, links to lots and lots of helpful websites and recordings of the music they are working on in their music class.
    • If you have a question about an event, please go to the "Calendar of Events" then click on the blue title of the event and it will bring you to a page about that event with details and FAQ's.
    • Go here first if you have a question as it is more than likely answered here.

     

    MUSIC MENTOR PROGRAM - Free Lessons at C.V.H.S.

    WHAT: FREE music tutoring for all middle and elementary school students. Lessons provided by members of the CVHS Instrumental Music Program.
    WHEN: Thursdays from 4-5:30 PM, 1st session starts September 7th
    WHERE: Capistrano Valley High School, Band Room
    WHO: Any 4th-8th Grader looking to advance their playing

    Contact Rebecca Blyn at rcblyn@cox.net for more information
    Instagram: @capomusicalmentors

     

    PTA Music Composition/Writing Competition

    Want to write/compose your own music?

    The theme of the PTA Reflections Arts Contest is "Within Reach..." Feel free to write your own music and enter. You really don't need a theory background, just creativity and trust your instinct! The Newhart entry deadline hasn't been posted yet, but it's typically around the end of September. More information can be found at capta.org/programs-events/reflections/general-rules/ Good luck! You may also use the free music software programs called Notepad found at www.finalemusic.com/products/finale-notepad/ or www.noteflight.com

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    HOW PARENTS/GUARDIANS CAN HELP (Even if you don't know much about music!)

    Regardless of musical background, a parent's support and encouragement will have a tremendous impact on a child's progress in instrumental music.

    To assist in the musical growth of your child, you can:
    • Support the goals, policies and procedures of the music program and the teachers.
    • Sign-up for Schoolloop to view your child’s current grades throughout the year and to receive the emails and updates from your music teacher.
    • Require regular practice at home. Students should try to practice every day. Daily short concentrated efforts are more productive than trying to cram it all in on the weekends.
    • Provide a daily time and place where your child can practice without distractions or interruptions and free from electronics. Encourage the use of a metronome, tuner, listening to recordings or watching quality YouTube’s are highly effective as part of a musicians development. Combined Metro-tuner or phones/computers with free apps are available.
    • A musician will have a more quality practice by sitting in a good chair (for proper posture) and use a music stand (wire or regular).
    • Ask your child to play for you and encourage performance.
    • Help him/her to be on time to performances & rehearsals.
    • Enthusiastically attend all music functions to show your support.
    • Get involved! Consider joining the Newhart PTA!
    • Help keep your child's instrument in good repair and with the proper supplies.
    • Give consideration in providing private lessons for your child for extra support.

     

    CLASSROOM SUPPLY NEEDS, OPTIONAL

    This is for those interested in donating something extra any time throughout the year:
    • Tissues or Kleenex (larger box preferred)
    • Cleaning wipes (Clorox, Kirkland or other brand preferred)
    • Hand sanitizer, unscented (large size)
    • Gift cards (any amount) to help purchase instrument, office supplies or music folders
    --Woodwind & Brasswind (www.WWBW.com)
    --Shar Music (www.sharmusic.com)
    --Amazon (www.Amazon.com)
    • 110 lb. card stock any color, ream
    • #10 white mailing, self-sealing envelopes (larger quantities needed)
    • Press-It Seal-It Envelopes, 10 x 13 Inches (larger quantities needed)
    • Glue sticks
    • White fine point paint pens or silver Sharpee's
    • Woodwind reeds
    • Orchestra replacement string sets
    • Any supplies listed on the Supply List for Instruments (no music stands please)
    • Post-its
    • Ream of Astrobrite paper, any color(s)
    • Expo dry erase markers, chisel tip (larger sizes, not fine point)
    • Duct tape rolls - any color and/or pattern
    • Blank white address labels for printer (30 per page, 10 per page, 6 per page)
    • Pencils
    • Ziplock bags (Gallon, quart or sandwich)
    • Prizes for rewards (Candy bars, musical toys, stickers, etc.)

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    SCHOOL INSTRUMENTS

    This is for those who DO NOT already own or will be renting their own instrument or perhaps you want to switch instruments. If you are not sure what to do this year, please ask your teacher.

    For those students who plan on using a school instrument, you must fill out a “CUSD School Instrument Use Form” which will be made available from your teacher once school starts. This form states that the students and parents will be responsible for the well-being of that instrument. A signed “Use form” is the acceptance of responsibility for that instrument and any repairs that are the result of students’ neglect, damage, abuse, or loss. Normal wear and tear is not considered neglectful damage and will be covered by the school.

     

    SMALLER INSTRUMENTS - Sorry but we cannot lend out one so you do not have to carry it back and forth.

    All students will be able to store their instruments in the music room all day and will be able to easily grab it after school before heading home or drop it off in the morning. If you have a violin, trumpet, alto sax, clarinet, viola, etc. you will need to take it back and forth. We do not have enough instruments for those who do not want to carry these smaller instruments. These smaller instruments are for those who do not already own or rent their own.

    Cello Players - If you have your own at home, I can get you one at school for school use. See me after the first few days of school and I will get this going for you.

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    RECOMMENDED INSTRUMENT SUPPLIES & MATERIALS

    Click Here to go to the Supply Page on this website.

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    2017-18 NEWHART MUSIC CALENDAR

    Click Here to go to the Calendar of Events on this website.

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    BAND STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

    CLASSROOM BEHAVIORS
    1. Prior to entering the music room, please consume and dispose of all beverages and food. No gum allowed on campus. Bottle water is encouraged.
    2. Walk in quietly, put your instrument case next to your chair and get your music ready by placing it on your music stand and then get your music in order. Be seated by the time the tardy bell rings.
    3. Sit at “rest” or “ready” position when not performing and wait silently for the director to raise the baton.
    4. When baton is raised, bring instrument to playing position. Please no talking or playing out of turn!
    5. Each student will be responsible for his/her own music with their full name written with pencil on every page! Students will not be able to leave music on their stands at the end of the rehearsal and will place it in their own backpack to take home to practice! Students may not take another person’s music or leave it in the music room! Students have a tendency to forget their music in their lockers; therefore they may not store their music in their lockers. Every student receives thin music folders which should remain in their backpacks.

     

    WIND ENSEMBLE & ADVANCED BAND GRADING
    All grades are based on the individual and no student is compared or evaluated with any other student.
    Our grades are weighted. Here is the breakdown:
    35% Playing Tests (In Class & Google Classroom)
    30% Classroom Participation
    25% Concerts
    10% Worksheets

     

    INTERMEDIATE BAND GRADING
    All grades are based on the individual and no student is compared or evaluated with any other student.
    Our grades are weighted. Here is the breakdown:
    30% Playing Tests (In Class & Google Classroom)
    25% Classroom Participation
    25% Concerts
    10% Worksheets
    10% Practice Card (monthly)

    CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION & PLAYING TEST EXPECTATIONS
    1. Correct playing posture, hand and finger placement and embouchure
    2. Good tone quality
    3. Correct interpretation of key signatures, rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics and style
    4. Understanding of musical terms, key signatures, fingerings and musical symbols

     

    LATE CREDIT
    Those who turn in late worksheets, returned forms, online google surveys/forms, etc. will be given 50% credit past the original due date.

    Video playing tests will be reduced by 30% when late.

    Practice Cards for Intermediate Band will only be accepted for 3 days, the due date and 2 school days later. If a student is absent, they will need to turn it in the day they return. Late credit is minus 1 hour from the grand total for every day it is late. After the 3rd day, if there is another month in the same grading period, the students may practice extra on the next month's card to make up for missing credit.

    *All late work will be given a late deadline to complete approximately 1 week prior to the end of the quarter to allow time for the work to be graded and to be posted on the quarter grade. After that deadline, no late work will be accepted.

     

    PARTICIPATION AND CITIZENSHIP (Daily Participation – Students must come to class prepared!)
    1. Positive Participation will lead to positive grades for students who are:
    A. Required music practiced and prepared
    B. Cooperative and courteous with others
    C. Focused with attention to the director during class
    D. Observe school and classroom rules
    E. Punctual & ready to start class & performances
    F. Observant of classroom rules
    G. Using correct set-up and clean-up procedures
    H. Ready with necessary instrument

    2. Negative Participation will reduce grades. Examples are:
    A. Required music not practiced
    B. Forgotten instrument
    C. No music (EVERY STUDENT MUST BRING THEIR OWN MUSIC EVERY- DAY!)
    D. Tardy
    E. Disruptive to class
    F. Chewing Gum or other food items (Bottled water OK)
    Disruptive students will receive an unsatisfactory in citizenship and will have their academic grade lowered due to poor class participation credit

     

    3. Positive Consequences:
    A. Verbal Praise
    B. Positive Home Contact
    C. High Grade

    4. Negative Consequences: Students who disobey the rules earn the following:
    A. Instrument to be returned to the case (no credit given for that day)
    B. Oops Slip
    C. Written assignment
    D. Lowered Grade (daily, weekly or complete)
    E. Parent to be notified
    F. Lunch or after school detention
    G. Suspension from class
    H. Office referral to the vice principal
    I. Expelled from class

     

    PERFORMANCE POLICY
    1. School concerts are the culmination of work done in class. Students will be graded on attendance and concert etiquette; this means that the concert requirement is completed only when the entire concert is over (even if your ensemble finished earlier in the program).
    2. Any performance is a required performance unless otherwise indicated. Performance and rehearsals are a major activity and a large part of the grade is determined from attendance and participation at these functions.
    3. Students are only excused from performance, with director’s approval, in cases of family emergency, sever illness, etc. (only if knowledge occurs first). A written excuse or phone call must be submitted for approval AT LEAST 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.
    4. Failure to attend a performance under any circumstances will result in the automatic lowering of the students’ letter grade. Concert grades are worth 25% of each quarter’s grade.
    5. It is the students and parents’ responsibility and a courtesy to let the director know whether or not he/she will be present at the performance. Many times we can offer help when family issues arise, such as arranging a carpool.
    6. Sports games are not excused absences.

     

    FIELD TRIP POLICY
    1. Students will be given a field trip information/letter, a permission slip and a behavior contract approximately 3 weeks prior to the trip. All students must have a completed permission slip & behavior contract (both forms signed by a parent/guardian) and returned no later than 5 school days prior to the trip.
    2. If a parent/guardian does not want their child to attend the trip, they must give written notice to the music teacher no later than 5 days prior to the trip.
    3. Students must also be passing all of their classes with a 70% (C-) or better in order to attend. At exactly 5 school days prior to the trip, the music teacher will check grades via Schoolloop and only students passing their class will be able to attend the trip. Those who are not passing at least 1 class will unfortunately remain at school on the day of the field trip.
    4. Per school board policy (for the safety of the students), all field trip have a minimum number of chaperones per student ratio. Unfortunately, if we do not have enough chaperones, we will not be able to attend that field trip. Hopefully this is not an issue and we have plenty of adults over 18 who are able and willing to go on out trips. Chaperones are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

     

    ORCHESTRA EXPECTATIONS

    CLASSROOM BEHAVIORS
    1. Prior to entering the music room, please consume and dispose of all beverages and food. No gum allowed on campus. Bottle water is encouraged.
    2. Walk in quietly, put your instrument case next to your chair and get your music ready by placing it on your music stand and then get your music in order. Be seated by the time the tardy bell rings.
    3. Sit at “rest” or “ready” position when not performing and wait silently for the director to raise the baton.
    4. When baton is raised, bring instrument to playing position. Please no talking or playing out of turn!
    5. Each student will be responsible for his/her own music with their full name written with pencil on every page! Students will not be able to leave music on their stands at the end of the rehearsal and will place it in their own backpack to take home to practice! Students may not take another person’s music or leave it in the music room! Students have a tendency to forget their music in their lockers; therefore they may not store their music in their lockers. Every student receives thin music folders which should remain in their backpacks.

     

    STRING ENSEMBLE & ADVANCED ORCHESTRA GRADING
    All grades are based on the individual and no student is compared or evaluated with any other student.
    Our grades are weighted. Here is the breakdown:
    35% Playing Tests
    30% Classroom Participation
    25% Concerts
    10% Worksheets

     

    INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA GRADING
    All grades are based on the individual and no student is compared or evaluated with any other student.
    Our grades are weighted. Here is the breakdown:
    30% Playing Tests (In Class & Google Classroom)
    25% Classroom Participation
    25% Concerts
    10% Worksheets
    10% Practice Card (monthly)

     

    CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION & PLAYING TEST EXPECTATIONS
    1. Correct playing posture, hand and finger placement and bowings
    2. Good tone quality
    3. Correct interpretation of key signatures, rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics and style
    4. Understanding of musical terms, key signatures, fingerings and musical symbols

     

    LATE CREDIT
    Those who turn in late worksheets, returned forms, online google surveys/forms, etc. will be given 50% credit past the original due date.

    Video playing tests will be reduced by 30% when late.

    Practice Cards for Intermediate Orchestra will only be accepted for 3 days, the due date and 2 school days later. If a student is absent, they will need to turn it in the day they return. Late credit is minus 1 hour from the grand total for every day it is late. After the 3rd day, if there is another month in the same grading period, the students may practice extra on the next month's card to make up for missing credit.

    *All late work will be given a late deadline to complete approximately 1 week prior to the end of the quarter to allow time for the work to be graded and to be posted on the quarter grade. After that deadline, no late work will be accepted.

     

    PARTICIPATION AND CITIZENSHIP (Daily Participation – Students must come to class prepared!)
    1. Positive Participation will lead to positive grades for students who are:
    A. Required music practiced and prepared
    B. Cooperative and courteous with others
    C. Focused with attention to the director during class
    D. Observe school and classroom rules
    E. Punctual & ready to start class & performances
    F. Observant of classroom rules
    G. Using correct set-up and clean-up procedures
    H. Ready with necessary instrument

    2. Negative Participation will reduce grades. Examples are:
    A. Required music not practiced
    B. Forgotten instrument
    C. No music (EVERY STUDENT MUST BRING THEIR OWN MUSIC EVERY- DAY!)
    D. Tardy
    E. Disruptive to class
    F. Chewing Gum or other food items (Bottled water OK)
    Disruptive students will receive an unsatisfactory in citizenship and will have their academic grade lowered due to poor class participation credit

     

    3. Positive consequences:
    A. Verbal Praise
    B. Positive Home Contact
    C. High Grade

    4. Negative consequences: Students who disobey the rules earn the following:
    A. Instrument to be returned to the case (no credit given for that day)
    B. Oops Slip
    C. Written assignment
    D. Lowered Grade (daily, weekly or complete)
    E. Parent to be notified
    F. Lunch or after school detention
    G. Suspension from class
    H. Office referral to the vice principal
    I. Expelled from class

     

    PERFORMANCE POLICY
    1. School concerts are the culmination of work done in class. Students will be graded on attendance and concert etiquette; this means that the concert requirement is completed only when the entire concert is over (even if your ensemble finished earlier in the program).
    2. Any performance is a required performance unless otherwise indicated. Performance and rehearsals are a major activity and a large part of the grade is determined from attendance and participation at these functions.
    3. Students are only excused from performance, with director’s approval, in cases of family emergency, sever illness, etc. (only if knowledge occurs first). A written excuse or phone call must be submitted for approval AT LEAST 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.
    4. Failure to attend a performance under any circumstances will result in the automatic lowering of the students’ letter grade. Concert grades are worth 25% of each quarter’s grade.
    5. It is the students and parents’ responsibility and a courtesy to let the director know whether or not he/she will be present at the performance. Many times we can offer help when family issues arise, such as arranging a carpool.
    6. Sports games are not excused absences.

     

    FIELD TRIP POLICY
    1. Students will be given a field trip information/letter, a permission slip and a behavior contract approximately 3 weeks prior to the trip. All students must have a completed permission slip & behavior contract (both forms signed by a parent/guardian) and returned no later than 5 school days prior to the trip.
    2. If a parent/guardian does not want their child to attend the trip, they must give written notice to the music teacher no later than 5 days prior to the trip.
    3. Students must also be passing all of their classes with a 70% (C-) or better in order to attend. At exactly 5 school days prior to the trip, the music teacher will check grades via Schoolloop and only students passing their class will be able to attend the trip. Those who are not passing at least 1 class will unfortunately remain at school on the day of the field trip.
    4. Per school board policy (for the safety of the students), all field trip have a minimum number of chaperones per student ratio. Unfortunately, if we do not have enough chaperones, we will not be able to attend that field trip. Hopefully this is not an issue and we have plenty of adults over 18 who are able and willing to go on out trips. Chaperones are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

     

    STRING PLAYER FINGERNAILS
    At Newhart we take playing a string instrument seriously and we expect that students take it seriously too. String instruments cannot be played properly with long fingernails. Therefore, a requirement of the string classes is to trim the nails of the left hand and the right thumb to an appropriately short length. Students who choose not to trim their nails to an appropriate length will not receive full credit for participation until they are trimmed. We highly discourage acrylic or fake nails as they are almost always too long for effective playing.

     

     

    Please note that the Constitution of the State of California requires that we provide a public education to you free of charge. Your right to a free education is for all school/educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, and whether you get a grade for the activity or class.  Subject to certain exceptions, your right to a free public education means that we cannot require you or your family to purchase materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms for any school activity, nor can we require you or your family to pay security deposits for access, participation, materials, or equipment.