CMS Band Syllabus/Info
Instructor: Mr. Toby Lambert-761-1517
Class Meets: Monday to Friday (note: this is subject to change with schedule still in progress).
Materials for class:
1. Instrument (with all accessories)
2. Folder with music (New book/equipement needed by August 27, 2021)
Beginning band: Traditions of Excellence Book 1 and 2 (red & blue books)
7th-8th band: Traditions of Excellence Book 2 and 3, (blue and green books)
Using a School instrument:
If you need to rent a school instrument, it will be $100.00 and sign a contract. The money
will be used to maintain the instrument. The school own mostly large instruments. For
Advance Percussionist, there will be $30.00 fee to help pay for basic up keep (no fee
for beginning percussion because they have to rent/by a percussion kit for their class).
No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety or well being of others. Students will be treated respectfully, firmly, and fairly
Other class procedures that will be expected are:
1. No gum, food or drink in the classroom.
2. Do not play other people’s instruments (many serious diseases such as
mono, colds, flu, and pneumonia can be passed between people through sharing instruments, even if the instrument has not been used in days).
Consequences will be the step system of “Knights Code of Conduct”
1.Stand away from group 2. Stand away from group (with warning)
3. Report to SRC Rm (follow that procedure) 4. Referral to Office
Grades are based on:
-Attendance-50 pts of 100 Points a week
-Performance ability-50 pts of 100 Points a week
-Practice Charts-35 Points each
-Additional activities-50-100 Points each
-Concert Grade-250 pts
Attendance: You are required to be in class, on time with all of the materials needed except in
excused absences (an excused absent is family emergency, sickness, school activities,
approved family trip (with a letter from a parent)). If you are late to class without a pass
in hand, you will not earn attendance grade (10pts per day). You are to be at all concerts
(no excuses). Failure to attend concerts will result in not earning your concert
points (student will be having to make-up the concert). If they do not complete
the make-up concert, they will not be remaining with the group after the quarter
is over. Remember, music is a performance and it requires everyone to make it happen.
Forget your instrument/music: I combine performance ability with attendance for a weekly
grade worth 100 Points. If you forget to bring your instrument or music, I markthat as a no instrument day (you need to make a phone call home). You will not
be able to earn your participation points for the day (10 pts). If you forget your
instrument/music 3 times during the quarter, you will be choosing to have a SRC with
me. So remember your instrument.
Performance ability: I realize that each of you play and understand music at different
levels. I am looking for improvement in your own playing based on your own
technical and musical ability. If you show interest, dedication (including
practicing), and are always giving 100% effort, you will earn an A in this category.
You will be doing two auditions a year for a grade as well (one for each semester)
Practice charts: Practice charts are due weekly (filled out properly, or you will not receive any pts.). They are worth up to 35 pts (5 pts for every 20 minutes of practice). In other words:
0-19 min-5pts, 20-39 min-10pts, 40-59 min-15pts, 60-79 min-20pts
80-99 min-25pts 100-119 min- 30pts 120+min-35pts
NOTE: no practice charts are grade if turned in after the final due day (normally last day of the quarter at 2:30PM). Yes, I don’t take them after 2:30 PM.-Check my website or newsletter for final turn in time. Additional activities: These are the following items that you will be doing:
-Auditions Playing Test -Worksheets -Projects -Tests
Extra Credit: With each extra credit, you must see me for instruction on your project (you can also propose additional projects).
-Attending professional concerts (with program).
-Helping out around the classroom.
-Performing community service (ie. playing for a nursing home).
-Research a musical topic and give a presentation.
Each extra credit is worth 25 points each.
Concert dates are listed on the following sheet. All concerts are required because they are the “tests” for this class (like a test for any other class) (see “Attendance”). Concerts will be grade as well (besides an Attendance grade) in the following method (out of 250 pts):
1. Attendance (showing up, getting there in time): 50 pts
2. Dress (black and white): 50 pts
3. Posture and stage presents: 50 pts
4. Warming up (being there and warming-up): 50 pts
5. Listening to other performance group: 50 ptsPasses: There will be no passes to a classroom for regular class help. If you need tostay in the classroom, you will have to bring a pass from the teacher at thebeginning of the class. No pass, no go! Please note, I have the right not
approve a pass to another class (even with a note from a teacher) if you have
not keeping up in class.As for emergency passes (for things like using the restroom), you will be given4 passes for each quarter (when they are used up, there are no more till the next quarter).You will be require to sign out before using the classroom pass.
Locker Room: Students are to take home their instruments every night. This is expected so that Mr. Lambert can clean/disinfect all lockers a couple times a week. Students who don’t take their materials home every night will loose their instrument locker. NOTE: CMS is NOT responsible for lost or stole items. As parents, you need to make sure you have the serial number and model number of your child’s instrument for your personal insurance information.
COVID 19 issues: This school year is trying to get back to normal school year, but COVID is long way from being removed from our world. So, I will be still maintain an enhance cleaning in the room (chairs, stands, lockers, etc..), use the air filters that we bought last year during class, possilby keep doors open to let fresh air in and try to space people out a little if I can do it. If school is “shut down” due to an out break, then we will be having zoom classes during the normal class time each day. Zoom links will be posted in google classroom and attendance is manadory (just like attend school in person). Links/times for zoom classes will be post in google classroom. Students need to sign up and have access to google classroom. Assignments will be modified at that point to accommodate grading during a COVID event.
Concerts/performances will still be aimed at on the dates given but they may have to move a little as needed. I will send out communication to families if changes occur. This also might include adjusting how many people can come to a concert for spacing if needed.
I will be following what the district tells schools what to do along with what CMS admistration expects in a COVID event. My hope is that we will never deals with this but my gut tells me that we will be dealing with some form or another with COVID.Click here for 2021-2022 Band SyllabusFor all Beginning Band players, after you have registered, you will be having a "fitting meeting" with Mr. Lambert. The meeting will take about 15-20 minutes. This will be schedule before school year starts so that we can get an instrument properly fitted to the student. A fitting is for me to see what their jaw structure looks like (do they wear braces), how do mouthpiece fit, can they move their hands and finger on the instrument or sticks, test to see if they can keep a steady beat, try some tonguing exercises, try some sticking exercises on drums and mallets, etc.... . Students will be trying at least 2 instruments. There are limitation on how many students can be on an instruments (partically percussion due to how the parts are arranged in the music). Mr. Lambert wants to meet each family, get to know a little about what the child and family want to do, discuss what will be needed and what the school has available to use, get paperwork for the class and get to generally see the classroom. Below is the list of supplies they will need for classes for instruments. I need to get this done before school so that when the school year start, we are not spending time on this, but rather starting to learn how to play the instrument they choose.
Stuff needed for instruments for Beginning Band:
Flute: Need cleaning rag, Jewerly screw driver
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax: #2 reeds (about 10-12), cleaning swab, jewerly screw driver, mouth piece cleaner swab
Trumpet, F. Horn, Baritone, Tuba: valve oil (clear color is preferred), cleaning kit with slide grease (if the instrument is the students)
Trombone: valve oil (clear color is preferred), trombone slide grease (different from regular slide grease), cleaning kit (if the instrument is the students)
Percussion: Percussion kit that contains a snare pad, bell kit, mallets for bells, snare sticks, percussion stand to put snare pad and bells on.
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