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 an Ensemble
Placement in a musical group is determined either by a recommendation from your previous music teacher, or from your musical efforts in the previous year at Stanley. Remember, if many people are playing the same instrument, it becomes more competitive when moving. 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 music teachers or LPIE music instructors. As one student is being tested, all other students listening are also testing. The process becomes a learning opportunity, not just a test.
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.