“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ― Arthur O’Shaughnessy
Responsibilities -Be on time to all classes, extra rehearsals and performances. Early is on time – on time is late. -When the conductor stands on the podium at the beginning of class, stop talking immediately. This indicates that class is starting, and it's time to get to work. -Come to each rehearsal with a good attitude. Some days will be easier than others. -There should be no excess playing (ex. horsing around on the instrument, making obnoxious noises), only good, solid music making. -Make an effort to improve on a daily basis -Become responsible for and assume responsibility for your own actions. Admit when you are wrong. -Have proper respect for yourself, all equipment in the band room, and those in authority. -Read and play music with insight – have high musical expectations of yourself and others
Attendance: Students must take the responsibility to attend all classes, rehearsals and performances. Missing a class can be detrimental in the ensemble's development and sound. We build our musical skills together as individuals and as a team and it is important to take this commitment seriously. Much like other team sports, we are only as strong as our weakest link. The first step in growing as a team is to show up.
I believe in what we are trying to accomplish, and I want to make your time with me worth while. Let's work together so that I don't have to waste your time.
Concert Attendance: Missing performances is simply not permitted. It is mandatory to attend all concerts and dress rehearsals. Performances are equivalent to a final exam in an academic course, and championship games in sport leagues.
The dates are posted on our calendar both online and in the classroom.
Students are expected to take the responsibility to be at all performances. *If there is a major family emergency that will prevent a student from performing, a parent or guardian must let the band director know ASAP and alternative arrangements will be made on an individual basis.
Please show up at least 30 minutes before all dress rehearsals and concert warm-ups in order to set up your instrument and prepare yourself.
Grading: Your grade will be based upon your progress in the four wings of the curriculum butterfly: Making, Creating, Connecting, and Responding.
Progress Reports: Every term there will be reports sent out regarding your child's progress and development in school. Feel free to contact me via email at any time to discuss your child and/or my class(es).