SANTA SUSANA HIGH SCHOOL
The Arts, Academics, and Information Technology
School of the Arts
3570 Cochran Street
Simi Valley, California 93063
P: 805.520.6800, x. 2702 F: 805.579.6385
Dr. Kathryn Kuby
Instrumental Music Director
September 7, 2011
I would like to welcome everyone to another year at Santa Su. The students and I are excited about all of the
events, performances, and fundraisers that we have planned for the year.
Please take time to review the following syllabus, as well as the accompanying documents, to make sure that
you are aware of the expectations and policies regarding students being in the Instrumental Department.
Please tear off the last page of the syllabus and return in to me so that I have know you have received this
information. Also, please make sure that you give me your email address as well (on the last page of syllabus).
This is the main way that I communicate with parents.
Please let me know if you have any questions-
Instrumental Ensembles Course Syllabus:
Jazz Ensemble, Production Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind
Course Overview: to educate and cultivate the high school instrumental student through exposure to various styles of instrumental
literature through rehearsal and performance.
Course Objectives: the student will be able to: play music of different styles and genres, be knowledgeable of the various elements of
music and how to relate them to the music, sight-read music appropriate for their grade level, as well as learn to perform at the highest
level possible for their grade level.
Necessary Materials: instrument, music, pencil, and any other equipment needed for their instrument (rosin, mutes, drumsticks,
reeds, valve oil, etc.)
All assignments will be based on the 100 percentile grading system:
Playing Tests: 20%
Practice Charts: 10%
Performance Review: 5%
Final Exam: 15%
Expectations of Director:
Students are required to be respectful to the music director, other ensemble members, and other personnel at all times.
Talking and/or horseplay are not permitted in rehearsals.
Students must be on time for all rehearsals and performances.
No food or drink, or gum is permitted in the rehearsal spaces or performances (only water).
Students should keep the rehearsal room clean and orderly at all times.
Students are expected to take care of all equipment and instruments. They are only allowed to play their own instruments, no
Rehearsals and Performances:
All rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Failure to attend a tech rehearsal or performance will result in a drop of a letter
grade. The ONLY exceptions to this policy is if the absence is excused. Excused constitutes: death in family, hospitalization,
bed-ridden sickness or religious holiday or event. Rehearsals and performances with ensembles outside of SSHS ARE NOT
CONSIDERED EXCUSED ABSENCES; SCHOOL REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES COME FIRST!!!! THERE ARE
NO MAKE-UPS FOR PERFORMANCES OR TECH REHEARSALS!!!!
Students are expected to bring all necessary materials to every rehearsal and performance. This includes: instrument, music,
pencils (no pens), proper uniform, and accessories: rosin, mute, valve oil, slide grease, guitar picks, guitar strings, orchestral
strings, shoulder straps, neck straps, drumsticks, shoulder rests, reeds swabs, cleaning rods, and other cleaning accessories,
etc. Although it is not required, it is highly beneficial for each student to own their own metronome and tuner. These can be
purchased through local music stores, or via the director.
Instrumental Department Donation:
This donation is used to pay for all of the many costs that are required to run a high –school instrumental program. This includes
many items, such as: new equipment/instruments, music, accessories, instrument repair, fees for festivals, etc. The amount of
the Donation is $125.00 and is paid to the Santa Susana Performing Arts Boosters (SSPAB). Please put “Instrumental
Department” in the memo. Cash and check only.
Instrumental Department Transportation Fee:
This fee covers the cost of the transportation of the student/and instruments to events and festivals through-out the school
year. The amount of this fee is $25.00. (This amount DOES NOT cover the optional department events). The amount of
the Transportation Fee is $25.00 and is paid to the ASB Student Store via cash, check, or credit card (online). Checks
should be made out to SSHS.
Students in the Instrumental Music Program are expected to wear e a tux/formal dress uniform for performances. In addition to the
bought uniform students are expected to wear black dress shoes (no tennis shoes), black socks, black tights. We are using a new
vendor this year and have not completely finalized the style/amount of the uniform. Returning students will not have to purchase a
new uniform. The estimated cost for the men’s uniform is $100.00 and $75.00 for the ladies. Payment of uniforms should be made
to the SSPAB (cash or check). All measuring and fitting of uniforms will be done during class. The payment for the uniform is
due by October 3, 2011. I will send out the finalized information via email in the next week or so. For performances, students
with long hair are expected to pull their hair up out of their face with a barrett or ponytail holder.
Students in Production Orchestra are expected to wear all black for musical performances. This entails wearing black pants, black
skirt/dress (not below the knee), and school appropriate black shirt/blouse. No sleeveless tops, no sheer sleeves, no t-shirts. Black
dress shoes, black tights, black socks. The tux pants and the formal dress uniform CAN be used for musical performances.
Instrumental Department t-shirts are available each year for students to purchase. The price will be between $7-$9.00 depending
on which style the students chose. I will send out the finalized information via email in the next week or so. Payment of uniforms
should be made to the SSPAB (cash or check). The payment for the t-shirt due by October 3, 2011.
There will be no refunds or transferring of monies between the booster account and the ASB student account, or within either
Payments made to boosters (cash or checks) should be deposited in the Booster Box in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room.
Checks should be made out to SSPAB with “Instrumental Department” in the memo.
Payments made to the ASB student store can be made via cash, check, or credit card (online). Checks should be made out
SSHS with the student’s ID # and name of payment in the memo.
School instruments, warm-up books, Production Orchestra music rentals, and any other Instrumental Department equipment is
considered school property. If any of these items are lost, stolen, or damaged while in the student’s possession, it is the
parent’s responsibility to pay for either the cost of repair or replacement of the item.
Students are expected to practice all music as instructed to do so. Each semester each student will receive a practice chart that
their parent must sign, and then turn in on a WEEKLY basis. It must be turned in and signed WEEKLY by a parent to get
credit for the practicing. The student may chose to practice at school and have the director sign the chart (especially for
students with large instruments or percussionists).
Individual playing tests are given by the director periodically throughout the school year. These are given privately (not in
rehearsal), but during class time. If a student misses a playing test due to an excused absence, it is the STUDENT’S responsibility
to make-up the playing test at a later date.
Each student is required to attend a performance, one other than which they are participating, and to write a one page (typed)
summary of the performance. They may be on-campus or off-campus performances. Proof of attendance must accompany the
summary in order to receive credit. One review is required each semester. There is more information about the review’s criteria
on our department’s website.
Private lessons are strongly encouraged for all students. One-on-one instruction is invaluable for every musician. Participation
in private lessons will also give the student points for lettering in instrumental music. A list of instructor will be provided at the
Lettering in Instrumental Music:
It is possible for students to “letter” in instrumental music, just like it is done in sports teams. More information on this will be
given at the parent night.
Certification in Instrumental Music
It is also possible for students to “Certify” in the Instrumental Department. This is similar to “majoring” in music in college.
More information will be given about this at the parent night.
Extra credit in the instrumental department is only given if ALL of the required criteria are met. Students may write
additional Performance Reviews in order to receive extra credit.
There are numerous opportunities for students to fund-raise throughout the year. More information regarding fundraising will be
distributed at our parent night.
Spring Break Trip (optional trip):
Every year the Instrumental and Choral Departments take an over-night trip to perform a music festival. This year’s trip is
tentatively set for Orlando, Florida during the second weekend of SSHS’s spring break (March 22-25, 2012). We are still
finalizing the trip’s details and costs, but it will be between $1,000-$1,300 per student. This payment covers the costs of
airfare, bus transportation, meals, festival fees, clinic fees, hotel and sight-seeing. The trip is optional and all students who are
interested must audition. Auditions will be held at the end of September (after school) and we will start rehearsals for the
festival in October (Wednesdays after school). Students can pay for the trip via check/cash to the SSPAB-Inst. Dept., or via
fundraising. More information about this trip will be determined in the next few weeks and sent to parents via email.
Communication regarding events, rehearsals, performances, and other pertinent information is dispersed in several ways: mass
emails sent out by the director, postal mail-outs, the department’s website (linked to the SSHS website), the department’s
Facebook page, posted in the classroom on a white board, and verbally given by the director in rehearsal and most (but not all
events) are posted on the school’s website. Most communication to the parents is via MASS EMAIL!! It is imperative that
the student/parent provide a working email address so that they are on the email list!!!!!
Instrumental Music Parent Night: Wednesday, September 7, 2011, PAC, 7:00 PM
Car Wash Fundraiser: Saturday, September 17, 2011, TBA
Habit Fundraiser: Monday, September 19, 2011, TBA
Back to School Night: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Night Under the Stars Techs: Monday, October 3, 2011-Friday, October 7, 2011, PAC
Night Under the Stars Performance: Saturday, October 8, 2011, PAC, 5:00 PM, Call time 4:00 PM
Battle of the Bands Fundraiser: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 2:00 PM, Amphitheater
Holiday Wreath Fundraiser, October 10-26, 2011
Musical Drowsy Chaperone Tech Rehearsals: November 29, 30 and December 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 2011, PAC, 3:15-9:00
Musical Drowsy Chaperone Performances: December 9, 2011, PAC 7:00 PM; and December 10, 2011, PAC 2:00 and 7:00 PM, Call
times are one hour before the performance times for instrumentalists (1:00 PM and 6:00 PM respectively)
Winter Concert Tech Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, PAC, 3:15-7:00 PM
Winter Concert Performance: Thursday, December, 15, 2011, PAC, 7:00 PM, Call time is 6:00 PM
PACT Benefit Concert Techs: January 9-13, 2012, PAC
PACT Benefit Concert Performance: January 14, 2012, PAC, 7:30 PM
Road Show Tech Rehearsal: Friday, January 27, 2012, MUR, 3:15-7:00 PM
Road Show Week: January 30-February 3, 2012 (during school hours)
Open House: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, TBA
Instrumental Benefit Concert: Saturday, February 11, 2012, PAC, 7:00 PM
LA Phil Concert, Saturday, February 26th, call time 4:30, performance 8:00 PM (optional)
SSHS Instrumental Festival, March 9-10, 2012, SSHS PAC
Festival Trip, March 22-25, 2012 (optional)
2 Band/Orchestra Festivals, March or April 2012, TBA
2 Jazz Festivals, March or April 2012, TBA
Disneyland Trip, April or May, 2012, TBA (optional)
Musical Tech Rehearsals: April 3-5, April 10-12, April 16-18, 2012, PAC, 3:15-9:00 PM
Musical Performances: April 13, 7:30 PM, April 14, 2:00 and 7:30 PM, April 20, 7:30 PM, April 21, 2:00 and 7:30 PM , Call
times are one hour before the performance times for instrumentalists (1:00 PM and 6:30 PM respectively)
Junior-Senior Instrumental Department Recital, April 25, 2012, Black Box, 7:00 PM, Call time 6:00 PM
Spring Tech Rehearsal: Thursday, May 17 2012, 3:15-7:00 PM, PAC
Spring Awards Concert: May 18, 2012, 6:30 PM, PAC, Call time 4:00 PM
Graduation Practice, Monday, June 11, 2012, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Graduation, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 8:00 PM, Call time 7:00 PM
********Please return this sheet to the director ASAP.*********
I have read and understand this document. I understand what the director’s expectations are for a successful year for the Instrumental
BEST email address for parent:________________________________________