Mr. Rabinowitz                                                                                                                                    drabinowitz@mtsd.us   


    5th Grade Band



    Welcome to 5th Grade Band.  This is all the information you will need to keep for the remainder of the year so put it somewhere safe. 


    Grades:  Your grade will be determined on your PERFORMANCE on your instrument, an evaluation of your ENSEMBLE SKILLS, completion of your PRACTICE RECORDS in a timely manner and your CONCERT performances.  Grade weighting: 40% Playing Assessments, 40% Ensemble Skills, 10% Concerts and 10% Homework. (This guide will not apply to virtual instruction which will be more geared towards participation and performance assessment.  Ensemble skills and Concerts will apply to inperson classes and concert once we resume a full schedule.)


    Playing tests: If you PRACTICE, you will succeed.  If you do not know what to practice, ask me.  If you are absent the day of a test, you will make it up on the next band day.


    Ensemble Skills:  You are expected to come to class with your instrument, book/music and a pencil.  Brass musicians need a water rag.  Oil and grease your instruments before you come to school on a band day.  Woodwinds will always need to have 3 usable reeds in their case at all times.  These instructions will allow you to fully participate in class and make the Ensemble stronger.


    Practice Records:  You will be required to keep a practice log current every few weeks.  When you practice at home, write down the number of minutes.  At the end of this cycle you will turn it in and receive a new record.


    As of right now, there are no 5th grade band concerts scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year.


    Practice:  This is not an option.  Repetition builds familiarity with the instrument and with the music you need to perform.  You should focus your practice on what you find to be difficult for you to play.  (I will let you know in class where you should focus if you are not sure.)


    Clap, Sing and Play:  This is the order in which you will practice your exercises out of your Essential Elements Book 1 and all other musical assignments.


    Practice your scales:  All of the music we will be playing was created using scales and patterns.  You will be tested on your scales with advanced notice.  You will need to remember fingerings and alternate fingerings.  PRACTICE YOUR SCALES.


    You may NOT leave your instruments in the school’s hallways.  Store your instruments in the band room before Morning Meeting.  If your instrument is not working properly at home, leave it with me before morning meeting.  Pick up your instrument at the end of the day so that you may PRACTICE.


    NAME TAGS: There are almost 300 band students here at LMS.  Your name MUST be visible on the inside and outside of your cases.  I will keep a record of all serial numbers for identification purposes.


    Oversized Brass and Woodwind instruments will be available for students to use in school.


    I will be available afterschool for EXTRA HELP on Thursdays from 3-4pm.  Please let me know if you will be attending.


    Let’s have a MUSICAL YEAR!!!

    Mr. Rabinowitz