WAYLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL BANDS
Term 4 Requirements
Follow the link for the WORKSHOP SCHEUDLE
The playing requirements for term42 for all grades:
Enrichment is encouraged and can count for up to 10 points. It is difficult to get an A without enrichment points.
(No one can get an A or A- without completing the term requirements.)
See the new grading policy for more info on how you earn your grade in band (Pass/Fail/A system).
In most cases, enrichment is needed in order to get an A. You may receive up to 10 enrichment points per term. Get enrichment done early, too, then you don't have to think about it. Need ideas? You can always do extra scales (worth 2 points) or skill licks (4 points), or mini-projects or go to concerts (extra points for a writeup). Your private lessons count (any instrument or voice) as do dance classes, ensembles, recital, etc. Follow the link for ideas.
Concerts are a important part of our curriculum and are not optional (besides, who'd want to miss the moment all the hard work comes together!!). Follow the link for more info and our concert dates, concert dress, etc.
If you miss a concert...
Ideally the student attends all concerts, but there are occasions where the musician must miss the concert (sickness, a death in the family or other unavoidable circumstances). If the absence is an excused absence, the student may do the concert make-up assignment and receive full credit for the concert and be eligible for the year end awards. (If it is an unexcused absence -- he had to go shopping or she forgot -- the student may do the make up and earn the points toward the grade, but will not be eligible for a year end responsibility award.)
For most concerts, the make-up assignment is twofold:
Before you start the interview, be sure to pick up the instructions because there are some specific requirements. See MsM.
We march for the Wayland Memorial Day Parade on Memorial Day (this counts as one of the concerts). Call time is 10:00 at the middle school and the step-off is 11:00.
For the parade, we put both Concert Band and Symphonic Band together to create one big marching band of 100+ members! We work hard to have nice straight lines, play our music well and look sharp (and we usually really do look and sound great!)
Rehearsals happen during flex as usual, except there will be one full rehearsal of the entire band on a Wednesday after school (usually a week and a half before Memorial Day - check the workshop schedule as we get closer). We need everyone to attend this rehearsal if at all possible - yes, I know some of you will have to rearrange lessons and other schedule things, but it make a huge difference to our performance (THANKS!).
Sometimes students have family commitments on Memorial Day; as long as I know ahead of time, you will have an excused absense. The makeup is a bit different than the concert makeups; our participation in the Memorial Day parade is a community service, so the makeup also involves community service:
Be sure to pick up an assignment sheet to get the full information.
All good programs have students prepare and play assignments for the teacher! No different than math class or World Language class! For us, it happens informally each term, but more formally twice a year as "Exams".
Mid-year exams begin in January and include scales, a prepared selection of music assigned from our concert music that we are preparing for the band fest, and a sight-reading based on rhythms that we have been working on in workshops.
Year end exams will begin in May. Requirements are a bit different than the midyear and eighth graders will be doing their final sight-reading / rhythm reading assessment. The results of this assessment will be sent to Mr. O so he has some idea of your reading skills.
For all exams: