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Syllabus and Student Expectations – 2010 Mr. Gerard J. Flores – Director of Instrumental Music Welcome to East High School! I am looking forward to working with you and sharing my love of music with you. Please take some time to read this information. You may contact me at 214-0724 with any questions or concerns you may have. My e-mail address is Gerard.email@example.com Please check our web page at EHSmusic.info for updates and music each week. Pueblo City Schools and the Colorado Department of Education mandate the use of the following Colorado Music Standards: 1. Students sing or play on instruments a varied repertoire of music, alone or with others. 2. Students will read and notate music. 3. Students will create music. 4. Students will listen to, analyze, evaluate and describe music. 5. Students will relate music to various historical and cultural traditions. Course Description ♪ Mariachi class is designed to assist you in developing an appreciation for mariachi music as an art form and as a modern voice of culture in the world. It will give you the music reading skills you will need to be successful, independent musicians in the future. The class includes required performances. Through performing, you will learn social skills necessary for success in school and beyond. As ensemble members, you will learn the value and techniques of working with others. This class also includes an introduction to mariachi composers, genre, study of mariachi music and sight-reading. ♪ This class is designed to teach the Intermediate/Advanced Level of Mariachi Music. Students have the opportunity to learn violin, vihuela, guitar, guitarron, trumpet or voice. Students will learn to sing and understand the fundamentals of music through, scales, key signatures, terms, theory, and basic rhythms in mariachi music. ♪ You will perform for the East Quadrant Concerts and the Mariachi Festival in Pueblo. Extra performance opportunities will be offered throughout the year. Course Objectives Mariachi class is designed to develop skills that will help you enjoy, appreciate and understand music throughout your lives, whether as a performer or an audience member. You will learn to work as a group towards a musical goal to achieve success and achievement. Materials Needed Three-ring binder to hold music – to be used at home for practice ♪ This music is the property of Mariachi Arcoiris and must be surrendered at the time of your departure. Instruments – bring to every class and performance A limited number of instruments are available thought the Pueblo City Schools District for students. A school instrument requires a check out form that should be signed by a parent and returned to the school. There is no fee for the use of a school instrument. Serious Mariachi Students should consider purchasing their own instrument. ♪ Your instrument needs to be in good working condition at all times. ♪ Trumpets must have mutes - Violins must have rosin and extra strings ♪ Guitars and Vihuelas must have extra strings and picks ♪ Guitarrons must have extra strings Traje (uniform) - Tailored and ordered from Mexico – Students will pay $175.00 and Mariachi Arcoiris will pay $175.00. We do have some trajes to loan out. See “Traje Contract”. ♫ Jacket ♫ Pants or Skirt for women ♫ Vest ♫ White Shirt ♫ Moño (tie) ♫ Black boots ♫ Black belt for men ♫ Gray bow for women ♫ Silver earrings for women ♫ Hair must be pushed back, away from face and tied back ♫ Those without the traje will wear a black, long-sleeve, button-down shirt, black pants, and black shoes. NOTE: The traje can be sold back to the group for half of what the student paid for it ( Sombrero (hat) – Hats will be purchased by Mariachi Arcoiris and are the property of Mariachi Arcoiris. Hats will be numbered and assigned. Sombreros must be surrendered at the time of your departure. GRADING POLICY Contact Hours - Student performances will be honored as student contact time. Student rehearsals and performances over the past semester will be retroactive and honored as student contact time. Performance attendance accounts for 25%/30% of grade. - Students must attend all performances. If you are unable to attend because of an extreme emergency or personal illness, please inform a mariachi director as soon as possible. Any unexcused absence from a performance will result in a failing grade for that quarter. Class participation accounts for 25%/30% of grade. - Class participation is a subjective grade based upon the following factors: willingness to learn, attitude towards director and guest conductors, attitude towards peers, individual practice, having proper materials in class, leadership, attendance, promptness and openness to new concepts. Class participation grades are not based upon the following: how well you play, chair placement or popularity. Playing tests account for 25%/30% of grade. - All students will be required to perform playing tests. Playing tests are to be performed alone, during class. If a student does not do well on a test, it may be made up after class within a reasonable amount of time. Attending other concerts and critiquing them accounts for 10% of grade - All students will be required to attend one outside concert or performance per quarter. You are then required to submit a one-page, single- spaced, word processed report and orally present your findings. Please provide constructive criticism – find a way to be positive. You must report to class on time. If you arrive less than 10 minutes late, you are tardy. After 10 minutes, you are considered absent. Absences are considered unexcused until they have been cleared. Absences can be cleared with a phone call from a parent, e-mail from parent, or a written note from the parent. Clearing absences must be done within 48 hours. Report with a note to the Attendance Office before school, passing times, during break, lunch or after school. DO NOT REPORT DURING CLASS TIME!!! Students wanting Honors Credit will need to complete the following (15% of grade): 1st Quarter - Research your instrument and how it fits with mariachi music (2 pages – single-spaced – one inch margins. 2nd Quarter - Research the historical development of mariachi music and identify the musical traditions and/or people that have shaped it. OR Choose a mariachi artist or performer as the subject for written report. Focus on the performers’ impact. This report may be based on research of written information, analysis of recordings, and/or live performances, and interviews. (3-5 pages – single-spaced – one inch margins). You can work in small groups (2-3 people). 3rd Quarter - Research mariachi genres including the son jalisciense, corridor, cancion ranchera, huapango, bolero, polka, valsas, pasadoble, and/or danzon. OR Choose a mariachi artist or performer as the subject for a written report. Focus on the performers’ impact. This report may be based on research of written information, analysis, of recordings, and/or live performances, and interviews. (3-5 pages – single-spaced – one inch margins). 4th Quarter – Compose an original piece for your specific mariachi instrument. BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES: Rules are in place to create a safe learning environment for all students. The expectations in a Mariachi Arcoiris rehearsal are: ♪ Students are expected to be in their chair when class begins (3:00-4:00) with instrument assembled and ready to go, music on their stand with pencil and ready to warm up. Tardiness will not be tolerated. ♪ Students are expected to keep a pencil and small notebook in their folder at all times. ♪ Students are expected to keep music in good condition and alphabetized. ♪ Students will play with good posture, instrument position and embouchure. ♪ No food or gum is allowed in the band room. Water bottles are acceptable. ♪ Students and teachers will treat everyone with respect and maintain a positive attitude. It’s more FUN! ♪ Students will treat all equipment, furniture and printed music with care. ♪ Cooperation with the teacher and other students is imperative. ♪ Students will notify Mr. Flores – 214-07224 when they will be absent for either a class or a perfor- mance. ♪ No Homework, toys, games, CD/MP3 player, radios, iPods or cell phones are permitted in class. ♪ Practice outside of class five or more times per week so you will be able to play your part with reasonable proficiency. ♪ Do not put your instruments away until instructed by your teacher. Instruments left in the room must be in their cases, securely latched and placed in the appropriate space on the rack. ♪ Adhere to all school and classroom procedures as they relate to class. The consequences for interfering with our learning process are: ♪ Student is asked to correct behavior ♪ If a reminder is needed the student will be moved or placed in a time-out area to re-focus ♪ Conference with student after which they call home ♪ Parent /teacher conference about the situation ♪ Administrative assistance and input PERFORMANCES: ♪ Mariachi Arcoiris is a performance class and all performances are required. These concerts are equivalent to a final test and the success of the group depends on the contribution of every member of the group. ♪ Should an illness or emergency arise, please notify me as soon as possible and then have your parent send a written excuse. Another assignment will be given so you can make-up the missing points. ♪ We will post a tentative list of concerts. Please keep the list in your binder and mark these dates on your calendars at home. We will also post performance dates and music on the web page. ♪ All students are to arrive one half hour prior to the performance so s/he can be prepared. ♪ After the performance, all students will be required to break down the equipment and load it into the vehicle. ♫ Remove microphones from cords and place in black bags ♫ Roll microphone cords onto orange roller ♫ Fold music stands and microphone stands and place them in their appropriate bags ♫ Roll speaker cables and place in brown bag ♫ Roll extension cords and place in brown bag ♫ Take down the banner ♫ Take all equipment to the vehicle to be loaded ♫ Check to be certain we gathered all the equipment ***********************************CUT HERE************************************************** Please complete this form, sign and date it, and return it to Mr. Flores. I received a Mariachi Arcoiris Syllabus. I understand the obligations and duties associated with my admittance to this class. Name: _______________________________________________ Phone Number: ________________________________________ Cell Number:__________________________________ E-mail address: ________________________________________ Mailing Address: _______________________________ Signature: ____________________________________________ Date _________________________________________ Parent’s Signature: _____________________________________ Date _________________________________________ Mariachi Traje de Charro/Uniform Contract Pueblo City Schools Mariachi Program We understand that we are solely responsible for any & all parts of the Mariachi uniform that will be issued to you, by the Pueblo City Schools Mariachi Program. We understand that the uniform must be kept neat clean, and pressed at all times, and that we must follow all care instructions. We understand that the uniform issued to this Mariachi member must be professionally dry cleaned at the end of the school year prior to returning the uniform by the announced date, and that the uniform, when returned, must be covered with the dry cleaner’s plastic bag and the pants and jacket must be on separate hangers. We also understand that if any parts of the Mariachi Uniform are lost or damaged through misuse or negligence, we will assume total responsibility for any repair or replacement costs. We also understand that the replacement costs are as follows: Mariachi Traje De Charro: $350, 3 Pieces: Pants/Skirt, Jacket and Vest We have read the above information and agree to assume full responsibility for the Mariachi uniform and that we are issued. _____________________________________________ MARIACHI MEMBER’S SIGNATURE Date _____________________________________________ PARENT/GUARDIAN’S SIGNATURE Date _____________________________________________ MARIACHI DIRECTOR’S SIGNATURE Date