Wheaton High School Instrumental Music Department
12601 Dalewood Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20906
Welcome to the 2007-2008 school year. Last year our instrumental music department received
numerous awards including superior ratings at the MCPS Band festival as well as the MCPS Orchestra
Ensemble festival. The band and orchestra, as well as the chorus also received top ratings at the Six Flags
Festival. This year we will continue to build on some of the exciting things we have established. Please visit
our music department website for frequent updates on music performances and general information.
This handbook will provide you with important information regarding the instrumental music
program including grading and attendance policies as well as our performance dress code. Please be aware
that things may come up during the year that may not be included in the handbook. Nevertheless, each
student and parent/guardian is responsible for understanding the contents of this handbook. The
last page of the handbook is an information sheet and a confirmation that the handbook has been read and
understood. It is to be filled out and signed by the student and parent or guardian. Please return this
completed form to Ms. Boyadjian by Friday August 31, 2007. Thank you in advance for your support and
cooperation. If you have any questions please contact the WHS music office at (301) 929-2071.
Instrumental Music Director
Demonstrating characteristic tone and sound
Learning to blend and balance within an ensemble
Demonstrating the ability to play in tune
Demonstrating technique, including range, finger dexterity, and endurance
Learning how to play in a variety of styles
Demonstrating proper rehearsal technique; learning performance skills as it applies to music ensembles
Listening to, analyzing and describing music, including pop and film music.
Evaluating music and music performances
Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Classroom Rules and Rehearsal Procedures
1. Respect yourself, each other, your instrument, and the teacher. Avoid using foul and degrading language.
Please do not bring food or drinks other than water into rehearsal. Do not chew gum. Cell phones and
audio gear (CD/MP3 players, etc) MUST be off or they will be taken away.
2. Be in your seat ready to go with your instrument, music, and a pencil 5 minutes after the late bell.
Leave cases and bags outside the set-up.
3. Once rehearsal has started, talking and socializing is not permitted. Passes to the bathroom will be given
on a LIMITED basis.
4. If you cannot play because of illness, dental work, or instrument repair, you will be given an alternate
music assignment in place of playing. A note from the parent or guardian will be required.
5. All Wheaton HS guidelines listed in the Student Handbook/Agenda will be followed, including, but not
limited to attendance and behavioral expectations. Please refer to the Student Handbook/Agenda for more
Attendance Policy Regarding Performances
Since this is a performance class, attendance is mandatory for all required performances. Every attempt will
be made to announce performances at least one month in advance. Calendars will be posted on the
An absence from a performance will cause the marking period grade to be lowered by one letter grade.
In case of an emergency absence on the day of a performance please call the band office at (301) 929-2071
and leave a message.
Excuses must be given in writing with a parent or guardian signature. Please refer to the Student
Handbook/Agenda for a list of approved absences.
An absence from a performance will require a make-up assignment regardless of whether or not the
absence was excused or unexcused.
Assignments will be based on points within the categories and grades will be based on the following scale:
A: 90-100 B: 80-89 C: 70-79 D: 60-69 E: 50-59
A grade of 0 can be assigned if a student does not attempt the assignment or does not meet the basic
requirements of the assignment. This includes unexcused absences to required performances.
Assignments submitted after the due date, but by the deadline, are reduced no more than 10% or one
letter grade. Extensions of the due date or deadline are granted for excused absences.
Reassessment opportunities will be available for some assignments. The reassessment grade will always
replace the original grade. Assessments that indicate a final measure of learning, such as a final exam, unit
test, and certain performances will not be available for reassessment. These will be announced in advance.
Grades will be determined by the following categories:
90 Percent – Performance Assessments
Demonstration of performance within a concert setting: Several times throughout the year the
ensemble will perform for various concerts and festivals. Performances are a necessary assessment
in all music ensembles based on MCPS guidelines.
Demonstration of performance in rehearsal/practice: One element of learner outcomes within a
music class is the ability to perform as a member of a music ensemble on a daily basis. We must
work as a group to achieve excellence as a band/orchestra. This includes bringing the proper
materials to class in order to perform in class. This also includes demonstrating the ability to
perform cooperatively with other members of the ensemble.
Playing tests will consist of elements that are rehearsed in class.
Tests will be evaluated based on performance goals.
10 Percent – Other Assessments
This category includes concert reviews and written assignments.
Additional homework may be assigned to reinforce the objectives of the class.
Private lessons are not required but strongly encouraged. There are many private teachers in the area who
have expressed interest in working with students and many currently teach in Montgomery County. Please
contact Ms. Boyadjian for a list of current teachers in the area.
Make-ups/Extra Help During Lunch
Students who need to make up an assignment or get extra help during lunch may come in at the following
Monday: Second half of lunch
Wednesday: All of lunch
Thursday: First half of lunch (by appointment)
Performance Dress Code
The purpose of the dress code is to display a neat and professional appearance when performing. Hair for
everyone must be neat and brushed. Women may wear jewelry as long as it is tasteful (if in doubt, please
ask). Men may not wear jewelry. If you are unsure about the dress code, please well in advance and prior to
Men and Women: Wheaton band shirt and jeans
Men: Black long sleeve dress shirt, red tie, black slacks, black socks, black dress shoes
Women: Red blouse, black dress slacks or skirt (below the knee), black dress shoes
Orchestra and Concert Band
Men: White long sleeve dress shirt, black tie, black slacks, black dress shoes/socks
Women: Solid black dress with sleeves and sits below the knees when sitting or black blouse with sleeves,
black dress pants or skirt (must be below the knees when sitting), black dress shoes, natural hose
Equipment and Supplies List
Students (and parents) are responsible for providing their own instrument in good working condition and
having the following necessary accessories at all times. It is also recommended that students own a
folding metal music stand for home practice. A small electronic metronome and/or electronic tuner are
also recommended. The tuner of choice is the KORG CA-30 and Metronome KORG MA-30.
Instrument Equipment Needed
Flute soft cleaning cloth and cleaning rod
Oboe 3 medium soft reeds, reed case, cleaning swab small container
for water (plastic container that holds 35 mm film work well)
Bb Clarinet Reeds – One box 2 ½ or higher, reed case, cleaning swab and
Bass/Alto Clarinet Reeds – One box 2 ½ or higher, reed case, cleaning swab and
Contra Clarinet One box of La Voz medium soft Bari Sax reeds, reed case,
cleaning swab and cork grease.
Alto Sax Reeds – One box 2 ½ or higher, reed case, cleaning swab, cork
Tenor Sax Reeds – One box 2 ½ or higher, reed case, cleaning swab, cork
Bari Sax Reeds – One box 2 ½ or higher, reed case, cleaning swab, cork
Bassoon Reed Case, 3 medium hard Jones reeds, pull-thru cleaning swabs
Trumpet valve oil, slide grease, 7C type mouthpiece (5C for advanced
players), cleaning snake and mouthpiece brush
French Horn rotary valve oil, slide grease
Trombone slide cream (not slide oil), small spray water bottle
Baritone valve oil, slide grease, mouthpiece brush
Tuba valve oil, slide grease, mouthpiece brush
Percussion 2 pairs of Vic Firth SD-1 or SD-2 sticks, stick bag, practice pad
Recommended- mallets for bells and tympani
Violin NAIL CLIPPERS stored in instrument case, pitch pipe or tuner,
one set of spare strings, rosin, cleaning cloth, shoulder rest, and
Recommended - Electronic Tuner
Viola NAIL CLIPPERS stored in instrument case, tuner, one set of
spare strings, rosin, cleaning cloth, shoulder rest, and fine
Recommended - Electronic Tuner
Cello NAIL CLIPPERS, tuner, rosin, and cleaning cloth
Recommended - Electronic Tuner
Bass NAIL CLIPPERS, tuner, Pops bass rosin, and cleaning cloth
Recommended - Electronic Tuner
Repairs and other suggestions
For the student to succeed in band and orchestra, it is important to have all the necessary equipment for
the instrument. Repairs must be made immediately when the student is aware of a problem with the
instrument. A note from home should be sent in with the student when an instrument is broken stating
where the instrument was sent for repair and how long the repair shop has quoted the repair should take.
If a loner instrument can be acquired, the student will miss less class and at-home rehearsal time. Parents
and students should take an inventory of the equipment on a regular basis to assess the musician needs- Is
the instrument broken? Does the student have only two reeds left? It there no more value oil left?
Local Music Stores
This list is only for your convenience. MCPS does not endorse these stores.
L&L Music-Wind Shop, Inc. Music & Arts
8940 N. Westland Ave (Walnut Hill Shp Ctr.) Federal Plaza (several other locations)
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Rockville Pike (355), Rockville, MD
(Repairs ON-SITE, books, supplies, lessons) (Instruments, Books, Supplies & Lessons)
Lashof Violins Potter’s Violins
1-F East Diamond Ave. 4706 Highland Ave.
Gatihersburg, MD 20877 Bethesda, MD 20812
(String repairs ON-SITE, instruments, books) (String Repairs ON-SITE)
Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center Dale Music
1151 Veirs Mills Road 8240 Georgia Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902 Silver Spring, MD 20810
(Instruments & Supplies) (Instruments, books, supplies)
Victor Litz Music Center
306 East Diamond Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(Instruments, books, supplies, lessons)