• Grading Procedures for SWO Bands

    Performances (assessment of music literacy, music response, and contextual relevancy) 40%

    All students in the ensemble must be present for scheduled rehearsals and performances. Should there be an occasion where a conflict prevents a student from rehearsing or performing, the parent must provide an Absence Request Form TWO WEEKS PRIOR. Student will be given an alternative assignment to complete.

    It is highly recommended that students work around the schedule because the performance is the assessment and application of their skills. All students receive a schedule before the beginning of each semester. Please keep in mind that some dates could change depending on the arrangement of certain activities and weather. If illness occurs, parents should contact the director through email.  Word of mouth excuses will not be accepted.

     Pass-Off Etudes/Excerpts (assessment of music literacy and music response) 30%

    Students will receive etudes (study pieces) or excerpts from the music (their literature each grading period. These assess their music fundamentals (rhythm, intonation, articulation, dynamics, etc.). Students must submit the recordings before the end of each grading period to receive credit.

     Scales – 10% (assessment of music literacy and music response) 30%

    All students are required to learn the 12 Major Scales. During the semester students will be tested on these and must complete them according to the level they have signed up for. Students will be asked to perform these scales in class while peers are among them. This helps build confidence for performances, auditions, and personal growth. Students will not be able to move to the next level unless these requirements are met.

      

    Level

    Scales

    Pass Off Criteria

    Band Beginning

    All 12 Major Scales/Arpeggios

    Chromatic

    Quarter Note = 60

    All District Format

    Tongued/Slurred

    Band Intermediate

    All 12 Major Scales/Arpeggios

    Chromatic

    Quarter Note = 72

    All District Format

    Tongued/Slurred

    Band Proficient

    All 12 Major Scales/Arpeggios

    Chromatic

    Quarter Note = 80          

    All District Format

    Tongued/Slurred

    Band Advanced

    All 12 Major Scales/Arpeggios

    Chromatic

    Quarter Note = 92

    All District Format

    Tongued/Slurred

    * Indicates Honors Level – Students must complete to receive Honors Credit

     

    Writing Assignments/Evaluations (10%) (assessment of contextual relevancy and musical literacy)

    All written assignments and written evaluations will be graded using the Southwest High School Writing Rubric. This rubric is used throughout our school to promote excellent writing habits for all students. This rubric can be found in the appendix section on the next page.

    Ensemble Etiquette 10% (assessment of music literacy, musical response, and contextual relevancy)

    Students are expected to practice and model rehearsal strategies that are beneficial to the entire ensemble.

    • Brings all materials and is prepared each day to class
    • Demonstrating good posture
    • Measure of growth (comes prepared to perform their part better)
    • Engagement (participates in discussion, asking questions, listening, performing)

     

    Final Exam

    The final exam in each course will count as 25% of the final grade. 

    Level

    Playing Exam (50% of final exam grade)

    Written Exam (50% of final exam grade)

    Beginning &

    Intermediate

    9/10 All District Scales (including chromatic)

    Semester Etude

    Multiple Choice Music Literacy Exam

    Proficient

    11/12 All District Scales (including chromatic)

    Semester Etude

    Multiple Choice Music Literacy Exam

    Advanced

    11/12 All District Scales (including chromatic)

    Semester Etude

    Multiple Choice Music Literacy Exam

    Students will be able to perform scales and etudes beginning the final 3 weeks of each semester (before school, during their PH Block, and after school). Students will be given the etude during the final grading period. They must prepare this on their own time (class time will be designated for this only at the discretion of the director).

    *Alternative Writing Assignment (For students who miss Performance Assessments)

    If a student misses a performance, they are required to submit a written assignment as an equivalent. All written assignments must be submitted through email and meet the following requirements.

    • 12pt font
    • Times New Roman
    • Double Spaced
    • Header
      • Name
      • Date
      • Band + Level
      • Teacher’s Name
    • Works cited or bibliography.
    • Length of paper is determined by the number of weeks spending to prepare for the concert. (If we prepared a concert in 6 weeks, the length of the paper is a minimum of 6 pages (excluding title pages and bibliography/works cited page).
    • Paper is due by the end of the 6-week period the concert falls in.

     Topics may include:

    • Research papers based on composers of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 2oth Century.
    • Research papers based on famous classical works in music history.
    • Research paper based on female composers (any period).
    • History of musical theatre, jazz, or rock & roll, or other valid music genre.
    • All other topics must be presented with a thesis and approved by Mr. Barton

    Late Assignments

    Any late assignment will be deducted 10 points from the grade received after being completed and checked. Assignments will not be made up from previous grading periods unless the teacher has given special instruction.