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Orchestra

Semester 1-2

 

Instructor Contact Information:              Elizabeth Roth Kotek         Room # 001

    Phone:  668-1985;      Voice mail:  692-0686         

Email: elizabeth.roth-kotek@mpls.k12.mn.us

                           

School’s Mission Statement:  The Patrick Henry Community is committed to providing academically challenging programs which teach students to act responsibly, reason effectively, and contribute to a changing society.

 

Music Department’s Mission Statement: The objective of the music program is to allow every student to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically through the medium of music.  Every student will develop a life-long interest in music and through hard work, discipline and cooperation, we will develop a family of musicians with a devotion to the band, the school, and the community.

 

Course Description:  This class will work on and perform orchestral chamber music. The class will include discussion on proper string technique. The string orchestra will perform  several concerts throughout the year, and will attend several performances of  orchestral music. Private lessons will be included for instrumental students, if scheduling permits.

 

Course Objectives:  Students will increase their ability to play their string instrument.  Students will be exposed to a broad study of music from this and other cultures.  Student’s perception of elements in music and their ability to analyze many styles of music will increase.  Students will acquire the knowledge to recognize musical characteristics and develop musical skills.  Students will increase their understanding and use of musical vocabulary.

 

Required Texts and Other Supplies

            Instrument/Essential Elements

            orchestra pieces/solo and ensemble music

            pencil

****  3-ring binder to be used for the Developmental Workbook

            Student planner

            School ID

 

Grading Policy:  Grades are earned on the basis of point totals, with weight being given to concerts and other performance events.  Points are earned for daily participation, playing tests, worksheets and performing at required events.   Absence from required events and failure to complete the alternative assignment will result in an "F" for that event/assignment and will be averaged into that quarter's grade.  Extra credit may be earned for various activities or extra written work.

 

Class Policies

Attendance – An absence is defined as missing more than 15 minutes of class.  After 3 absences a call will be made home.  Five (5) unexcused absences will result in a full grade deduction.  Seven or more unexcused absences will result in an F for the quarter.

 

Promptness  Students who are not in class when the bell rings must have a signed pass from teacher or a tardy referral the security staff.  Three tardy referrals result in detention in the form of Saturday school.  Continuing tardiness will be dealt with by the Principal.

Passes – 3 passes are allowed for each quarter.

Food/Drink in classroom – Water is the only food or beverage allowed in class.  This policy also excludes gum, candy, seeds and any other consumable product.  Students with food/drink will be required to throw away the product.

Academic Support:  Study Hall or Tutorials are available at the request of the student/parents.  I am in my class every morning except most Tuesdays from 7:15.

Electronics/Cell Phones – These should not be seen or heard, including earbuds, blue-tooth accessories and head-phones.  If they are seen or heard they will be confiscated and turned over to an administrator.

 

Behavior Expectations:

I.  Attendance - Attendance is required at all events unless otherwise noted.  The only acceptable excuses are extreme emergency.  Please telephone the band room at 668-1985 and bring a note from your parents explaining the absence.  Absence from required events will result in an "F" for that event and will be averaged into that quarter's grade.

 

II.  Behavior

            A. Be On Time

                        - Be in the classroom when the bell rings and ready to play 3

                           minutes after.

                        - Be at events at the time stated and be ready to play according  

                           to the posted schedule.

            B.  Be Prepared for Class, Rehearsals and Performances

                        - Bring all necessary materials including instruments, music, and a

                          pencil.

            C.  Show Respect

                        - Respect yourself, your band, and those around you.

                        - Respect the music and your performance (don't dis' us in

                           public, keep negatives in the family and try to construct

                           comments as positive criticism).

                        - Respect your environment.

                          *NO eating, drinking or gum chewing.

                          - Respect your instrument and your music/folder. 

                            If your instrument or case, or your music/folder or stand is left

                            out after a performance or  rehearsal you will be fined

                            according to this formula, $1 the first time, then $2, then $4,

                            $8, $16, $32 etc

 

III. Instruments & Music

            A. Instruments - Students should provide their own instrument but can be provided with an instrument from school or through the school district.  The student and their family are responsible for repair or replacement of that instrument if it is damaged, lost or stolen.  A signed agreement must be on file before the student can use the instrument.

 

            B. Music is distributed throughout the year.  If lost, a fee will be charged for its replacement.

 

 

IB Learner Profiles -  “The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who,

recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a

better and more peaceful world.” 

Through the study of music these profiles are modeled and practiced, the ones in bold are used to the greatest extent:  Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, Reflective.  In addition, there are Fundamental Concepts central to the DP/MYP experience that will be embodied in this class: Communication, Holistic Learning, and Intercultural awareness.

 

 

Assignments

            Major Assessments – Homecoming and other half-time shows, Anoka Halloween Parade, Winter Concert, Pep Band, End of Winter Concert, Solo and Ensemble Contest, Large Ensemble Contest, Spring Concert, Dedication and Graduation performaces. 

 

            Class work – Music Theory worksheets, scales and rhythm exercises, music for performances.

 

            Homework – Practice as necessary

 

Grading Policy - Grades are earned on the basis of point totals, with weight being given to concerts and other performance events.  Points are earned for daily participation, playing tests, worksheets and performing at required events.   Absence from required events and failure to complete the alternative assignment will result in an "F" for that event/assignment and will be averaged into that quarter's grade.  Extra credit may be earned for various activities or extra written work.

 

Course Calendar – Quarter 1

            Sept 1 – 4        Welcome, classroom expectations, syllabus, begin marching practice

without and with instruments, learn  and memorize school song and Star Spangled Banner, begin work on pep band and marching music.

            Sept 8 – 11      Continue work on music, begin playing andmarching and half-time routine.

            Sept 14 – 18    Memorize half-time music and routine for half-time show.

            Sept 21 – 25    Perfect half-time routine and perform at Homecoming Half-time Show.

Required Performance – Friday Sept 25 – 2:30 – end of game at Porter Athletic Field (200 pts)

 

            Sept 28 – Oct 1 Begin work on Anoka Halloween Parade music and street routine.

            Oct 5 – 9         Continue to work on music and routine.

            Oct 12 – 14     Continue to work on music and routine, perform at football game.

Required Performance – Weds Oct 14  6:00 PM  – end of game Porter Athletic Field (100 pts)

 

            Oct 19 – 23     Continue to work on music and routine, perform as football game.

Required Performance – Weds Oct 14  6:00 PM  – end of game Porter Athletic Field (100 pts)

 

            Oct 26 – 30     Finalize performance routine for Anoka Halloween Parade.

Required Performance – Sat Oct 31  TBA  Anoka Halloween Parade (250 pts)

 

Nov 2 – 5        Begin Winter Concert music, quarter finals for those missing performance experiences.  Peer and self-assessment of music and performances 1st quarter.

 

Each quarter’s course calendar will be distributed at the beginning of the quarter.