Grading Policy

Grading Policy:

Your grade as a member of the WMS Bands is made up of three areas. They are broken down in the following manner:

  • Public Performances/Some Playing Tests - 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. 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/Some Playing Tests – Application (30%) – 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. Missed lesson times can be made-up by use of at-home or in-school practice. When a student misses a lesson, they must fill out a “missed lesson” sheet that is turned in to Mr. Hunter.
  • Quizzes/Some Playing Tests/Daily Grade – Practice (10%) – From time to time there will be short playing quizzes to monitor each student’s musical development. There may also occasionally short written quizzes.

The Daily Grade – Every day a WMS Band student has the opportunity to earn four participation points. Students earn one point for each of the following:

      • The student has their instrument and it is in playable condition.
      • The student has their music and band folder.
      • The student has their pencil and chromebook.
      • The student contributes their best to the rehearsal.


  • Any conflicts with performance dates must be communicated 10 business days in advance for student to receive an alternate performance based assignment.
  • Students who experience a serious emergency, illness or have made advance arrangements (minimum of 10 business days) for a planned absence will be given the opportunity to complete a performance-based alternate assignment. The average of the points received on the assignment will be used for the performance grade.
  • Students who have not made advance arrangements for a planned absence and miss a performance will not be given the opportunity to complete a performance-based alternate assignment.

Mr. Hunter and Mrs. Tyler reserve the right to revise the grading policy if needed.