Be early to rehearsal (your music class). You should have two sharpened pencils, your sheet music, instrument in good working condition, and all necessary materials. When you come to the Music Room, bring your high standards of work ethic, teamwork, positive attitude and energy, and a smile. If you come to class without any of these, it will affect your grade!
Grades are also based on your performance such as daily participation, and in-class playing tests.
Performance attendance is mandatory. When you miss a performance, your grade will be lowered one letter.
In Music, what you produce is more important than the amount of time that you practice. Most advanced musicians find that 30 minutes of daily practice is the least amount of time to produce an acceptable product.
How Placement Works in a Band Class
Placement in a band is either by a recommendation from your previous music teacher from elementary school or from the product that you produced the previous year at Stanley. Remember, if many people are playing the same instrument, it becomes more competitive when moving to the top band. If you want to move up, it is important to note that your work ethic and ability will be determining factors in placement
The Testing Process for Placement
The question has arisen as to whether students are tested in front of others and the response is, in some cases, yes. Sometimes tests are only in front of the section in which you play, and these tests are conducted by Mr. Athayde, Mrs. McNulty, our community musician volunteers, or LASF assistants. As you are being tested, all students listening are also testing. The process becomes a learning situation, not just a test.
In each of the three band books, there are medallions marked before many of the songs, which will be used for testing, as well as any of the materials in your music folder. Testing charts are in the back of each Standards of Excellence book. You can find accompaniments under the Links section of StanleyMusic.org. Know all of your school music! In Orchestra and Intermediate Strings, most of the testing is derived from the sheet music.
For pieces marked with “testing medallions,” Standards of Excellence tempos are available. If a tempo is not marked for a particular song, use your best judgment and play the song at a musical tempo.
Moving to a Higher Chair
You can move to a higher chair by (1) being tested on a piece of music, and (2) playing it more proficiently than those currently placed ahead of you. However, musicians are encouraged to focus on their product, not on chair position.
Chair Tests Per Year
Time permitting, you will be tested for seating position in your section every three to four weeks. Don’t rest on your laurels. Keep in mind that your chair may also be challenged!
Because Stanley is not a music conservatory, your entire schedule will be considered before changing any class. If the change will greatly affect your schedule, an administrator will consult with your parents/guardians before a final decision is made.