Colony High School
Advanced Percussion Methods Disclosure
Advanced Percussion Methods is a performing class that strives to develop ensemble and personal performance skills. We will perform a number of times as a class ensemble. You will also perform on occasion in small ensembles and as a soloist in addition to accompanying the Concert and Symphonic bands. You will also have the opportunity to learn about music history, music theory, and professions in music.
As a member of the Percussion Ensemble your success depends on the work you put in, as well as the work other class members put in. We are a team! Each individual is important to our success. You are important to us! We can not achieve our potential if you do not participate fully in rehearsals and performances. Consistent attendance is required; please schedule any necessary appointments (medical and other) outside of rehearsal and performance blocks whenever possible.
As a member of the Percussion Ensemble you represent yourself, Colony High School, the Matsu Community, and at times the state of Alaska. Please follow all rules or we will have no choice but to restrict your participation in performances. Classroom rules include (but are not limited to) the following:
♪ No food, gum, candy, or liquid (other than water) in the band area (including practice rooms).
♪ Be prepared when class begins.
♪ Be respectful.
♪ Follow directions.
♪ No phones, i-pods, or other electronics in class
♪ No smoking, alcohol, or drug use at any time.
♪ No fighting, use of vulgar and profane language, derogatory or negative remarks. This applies to social media, activities, and other areas which may take place outside of school, but which impact the school environment.
♪ Maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA, including a passing grade in all music classes.
In addition to maintaining a passing grade in this class you are expected to maintain at least a 2.000 GPA in your other classes to participate in the extra-curricular aspects of the class, including concerts. Eligibility will be checked at the end of each quarter. The following section describes the grading policy with some brief explanation. This class requires attendance at performances outside of class time. Attendance at performances is not optional.
30% Daily Class Work. This portion of the grade is dependent on the work you accomplish daily. If adequate progress is not being made you will begin to lose points in this category. Students must provide their own yarn mallets, practice pads, and snare sticks and bring them to each class.
10 % All Dress rehearsals and sectionals. In addition to being six percent of your grade, if you no-show a dress rehearsal you will be excluded from participating in the concert.
34% Attendance and participation in all performances. Performances include concerts, pep-band games, assemblies, etc. Each performance is worth 100 points. If you arrive late you will lose 25 points. If you leave early you will lose 25 points. (Yes, if you are both late and leave early you lose 50 points.) If you are absent there is no makeup available unless the absence was pre-approved by Mr. Burton or there was an emergency. Pre-Approval will only be given in extreme cases with at least two weeks of notice and makeup will be determined on a case by case basis. Making up a performance usually requires an extra performance.
15% Practice. You are required to practice 150 minutes each week and turn in an accurate practice chart. No Late Practice Charts will be accepted!
10% Playing Tests. We will have playing tests on the 12 Major scales throughout the year, as well as other exercises and excerpts from music.
1% Written Tests and other homework. Written assignments may be given covering theory, history, instrument knowledge, and other aspects involving the band program. Tests will cover the same subjects.
Please realize that neither you, nor I, are perfect. I will treat you with respect and consideration and expect the same. Many issues can be solved through respectful communication at appropriate times and in appropriate settings.
During the course of the class you will be issued music, folders, and other supplies. You are responsible for these materials. Turn them in on time and do not damage them. Do not use pen on your music. Lost or damaged music must be paid for, $4.00 per sheet! Music folders are $12.00. Locks are $5.00. Pep-Band folders are $40.00.
All students involved in any instrumental music ensemble must pay a $25.00 activity fee to the main office and fill out an activity form. In addition to this fee there is an instrument rental fee if an instrument is needed, $50.00. Students will need to have their accounts current to participate in any extracurricular activities.
Uniforms: You may wear one of the following uniforms; Jazz Band uniform; white shirt, tie, black pants, black socks, black shoes; or black dress, black nylons, black shoes. Dresses must cover the shoulders and knees.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
If you have Facebook, please join the “Colony High School Bands” Facebook group.
We have read the syllabus. We understand that performances and dress rehearsals are part of the curriculum for the class. We also understand that sticks and mallets for the class must be provided by the student.
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