• Claire Solonick, Periods A2, A3, B2, B3                                                                                                                                                         

    Voice mail (609) 466-7604 #3837


                                                                            6th Grade Band Course Guidelines




    Course Guidelines for 6th Grade Band 2019-2020

    Mrs. Solonick, 6th grade Band Director


    Voice mail (609) 466-7604 #3837


    Dear Band Parents & Students,

            Welcome to an exciting new school year! Our LMS operates on an A-Day/B-Day schedule, and the students will have band every other day, during the school day.  Below is some helpful information to get us off to a successful start to our band classes.


    Supplies:  To be prepared, the following items need to be brought to class every day:

    ·               Instrument, in working order. Drummers will need a practice pad, a bell kit, and snare and mallet sticks. Rental forms will be provided for student needing instruments.

    ·               Accessories, such as valve oil, (buy your own box of) reeds, water rag, slide oil, etc.  

    ·               Band Lesson book

    ·               Sheet music, as applicable

    ·               Pencil

    ·               Band Folder (supplied by LMS)


    Grading:  Students start each new Marking Period with a 100 in this class. Students are graded each marking period in four areas:

    ·               Individual Playing Assessments (IPA) (40%): Band is a performance class, and students will be assessed throughout each marking period on the music being studied. Playing alone in front of their peers is part of the learning process for each student in this performance class. About 3-5 times per marking period, we will listen to each student play their instrument individually and use a performance rubric to assess them. These assessments can be on concert music, scales, or any other pedagogical skills we work on in class.

    ·               Ensemble Skills and Active Engagement (40%) Ensemble skills focus on group work and a student’s ability to participate in that group work. If a student is not prepared for class or not participating fully, he/she will have points deducted for that day as this prevents engagement in the ensemble skills necessary.

    ·               Practice Records (10%): The purpose of the practice record at this grade level is to establish the daily routine of practicing. Students are expected to practice all the music played in class. There is no assigned amount of practice minutes; rather, the students are to practice until they can play the music proficiently….”Set a Goal, not a timer.” Paper copies of Practice records will not be handed out; instead, the Practice Record will be posted on Parent Resources.

    ·               Graded Concerts/ Graded Rehearsals (10%): Concerts and rehearsals are GROUP projects. As such, students must be present to receive credit. One of the most important lessons students will learn in Band is the importance of relying on each other and teamwork.  If a student cannot attend the concert, parents need to write Mr. Richards directly in advance of the concert date; Mr. Richards will determine if the absence is excused. The Dress code colors for the concert are white and black.


    ·               Our two evening concerts are:

    6th grade Winter Band concert:  Monday, December 16, 2019

    6th grade Spring Band concert:  Wednesday, May 6, 2020


    A note regarding Concert participation for beginning band students: Most of our 6th grade band students started playing their instruments in 4th grade.  We are so happy our new Beginning Band students have decided to join them!  This is the start of a fantastic musical journey we hope becomes a life-long passion.  District-wide, beginning students do not typically perform at the winter concerts. We recognize that our beginning students will progress at different rates based on their individual abilities. They will be learning lots of new and exciting materials in addition to what the rest of the students are learning. This allows the Beginners to concentrate on appropriately learning the skills needed to play their new instrument while taking the pressure off of them to play 3rd-year band music after only a few months of experience with their new instrument.  Beginning students that demonstrate exceptionally rapid progress on their instruments may be offered an opportunity to perform in the winter concert based on their level of proficiency on the songs being performed.


    Group Lessons:  Group lessons are held on a rotating basis during the students’ regularly scheduled band class. 


    Behavior:  To ensure a safe and nurturing learning environment for all of our musicians, please follow these guidelines: Bathroom breaks should be taken care of at the beginning or end of class, with the exception of emergencies, to minimize walking through our narrow rows; students must let the teacher know when they need to be excused. Food, beverages and candy are not allowed in class.  Students are expected to treat each other with respect, and treat their own and others’ instruments with care.  If a student needs to be excused from playing in band (i.e., just had their braces tightened, suffered an injury, their instrument is in the repair shop, etc.) they should bring a note of explanation from home, or have the parents contact me by e-mail. Before and after class, instruments are to be safely kept in the band room, the students’ classrooms, or in their lockers; instruments are not to be left in public areas such as in hallways, locker rooms, etc.


    Wednesdays After-School Help: This time is available for students who need to do make-ups, want extra help, or who want to re-take performance assessments.  Students have the option to re-take once any performance test scored below a 90 to improve their grade. Make-ups and re-takes can be done at Wednesday After-School Help or during a subsequent class if time permits.  The final grade on a re-take will not exceed a 90. No make-ups or re-takes will be done for concert music once the concert is over.

    Philosophy:  We are a three-way partnership, Parents-Students-Teacher, to strengthen and promote

    our students’ enjoyment and appreciation of music.  We’re looking forward to a wonderful year together!

     Mrs. Solonick,          

    6th Grade Band Director