Your grade as a member of the WMS Bands is made up of four areas. These are Public Performances, Lessons, Quizzes/Playing Tests/Reflections, and the Daily Grade. They are broken down in the following manner.
¨ Public Performances - Assessment (60%) – Public Performances such as concerts, festivals and contests are the culmination of all work done in class and individually by band students at WMS. Arriving late to performances will reduce a student’s grade. Students must be dressed in proper concert attire. Concert attire requirements are detailed in the Info Packet. Failure to attend and perform at a public performance will be severely detrimental to your grade and may result in removal from the program.
¨ Weekly Lessons – Application (25%) – The Weekly Lesson is where an WMS Band student learns about their individual instrument and participates in detailed musical instruction with a small group of peers. Students must sign in when arriving to their lesson to ensure credit is received. Missed lessons must be made up with makeup lesson times or through recorded practice at home. When a student misses a lesson, they must fill out a “missed lesson” sheet that is turned in to Mr. Hunter.
¨ Quizzes/Playing Tests/Daily Musicianship – Practice (15%) – From time to time there will be short playing quizzes to monitor each student’s musical development. There are also occasional short written quizzes.
¨ Daily Musicianship – Every day a WMS Band student has the opportunity to earn four points. Students earn one point for each of the following:
o The student has their instrument and it is in playable condition.
o The student has their music and band folder.
o The student has their pencil.
o The student contributes their best to the rehearsal.
Mr. Hunter and Mrs. Tyler reserve the right to revise the grading policy as needed.