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Pin Oak Middle School Music Department Handbook

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									                              TABLE OF CONTENTS


Choir Council Officers…………………………………………………...2
Westside Music Booster Officers………………………………………..2
Goals and Objectives…………………………………………………….3
Program Structure and Opportunities…...………………………….....4
Required Materials………………………………………………………5
Code of Conduct………………………………………………………….6
Discipline…………………………………….……………………………7
Performances……...…………...…………………………………………8
Performance Attire…...………………………………………………….8
Grading Policies………………………………………………………….9
Eligibility……………………………………………………………..….10
Fair Share Assessment and Choir Fees………………………………..11
Fundraising……………………………………………………………...12
Westside Music Boosters……………………………………………….12
Web Page………………………………………………………………..12
Awards and Honors…………………………………………………….13
Choir Council…………………………………………………………...14
Choir Department Commitment Form..………………………………16
WHS Music Booster Form…………………………………………......17
Student Information Sheet……………………………………………..18
Medical Release Form………………………………………………….19
Choir Volunteer Form………………………………………………….20
Absence From Rehearsal/Concert Form...............................................21
Academic Success Form……………….………...……………………..22




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       WHS CHOIR COUNCIL OFFICERS

President                          Hector Naranjo

Vice-President                     Gracie Reyes

Administrative Assistant           Paige Snell

Secretary                          Ta’Coya Le

Public Relations Chairperson       Will Watson

PR Assistant                       Nika Hakim

Spirit Leader                      Alyssa Lorfing

Historian                          Emily Rosen

Historian Assistant                Sarah Steen

Stage Manager                      Haley Moore

Uniform Manager                    Marshall Vaughn

Chaplain                           Leilaani Horne




  WESTSIDE MUSIC BOOSTERS OFFICERS

President                          Barbara Thompson

Executive Vice-President           Connie Watson

Secretary                          Karen Rains

Treasurer                          Giok Boothe

Vice-President Band                Tracey Miller

Vice-President Choir               Shawna Fowler

Vice-President Orchestra           Diane McConnon



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                   GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
       The Westside High School Vocal Music department strives to promote the
following attributes in each student:

      To promote a positive self-image by instilling confidence and self-worth in each
       student.

      To demonstrate that music is an integral part of life as evidenced through history,
       society, culture, and tradition.

      To provide each student a foundation of music whereby the student can make an
       aesthetic and knowledgeable judgment of music.

      To instill in each student a strong feeling of appreciation, respect, and love of
       music.

      To provide an outlet for creativity and self-expression.

      To provide an opportunity for recognition and encouragement of individual and
       group achievement.

      To develop in each student self-discipline, self-control, and a sense of
       responsibility.

      To instill in students the importance of their role and commitment to the goals and
       success of the organization.




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               PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND
                   OPPORTUNITIES
Placement in the Westside High School Choirs is based on sight-reading ability, tonal
memory, tone quality, ability to remain academically eligible, and a positive attitude. All
students in varsity level choirs MUST remain academically eligible throughout the entire
year and are required to participate in both the All-State Choir Auditions and Solo and
Ensemble Contests. Non-Varsity students are strongly encouraged to participate in both
activities. All choirs participate in concerts at Westside, and in HISD choral activities.
Students who demonstrate a mastery of skills and maintain academic eligibility will be
placed in a choir that participates in various competitions and off-campus trips and
performances.
All students are expected to improve throughout the year and are expected to meet the
requirements of the choral ensemble they are placed in. Failure to do so may jeopardize
their position and will result in being moved down a choir. Students who show an
outstanding amount of growth and improvement may have the opportunity to re-audition
at the semester to move up a choir, depending on available space.

Ensembles and Music Theory Classes
       ▪       Men’s Chorale (non-varsity level ensemble)
       ▪       Concert Women (non-varsity level ensemble)
       ▪       Chorale Women (varsity level ensemble)
       ▪       Chamber Singers (varsity level ensemble)
       ▪       Music History and Theory (Open to all students)
       ▪       AP Music Theory (Approval from Mr. Allen)

Private Voice Lessons
        Westside High School Vocal Music Department offers private voice lessons
before and after school. This on-campus opportunity provides students with excellent
voice training.
        Through individual training, private voice lessons help students progress in choir
and in solo singing. Students who desire to compete at TMEA and UIL events will
receive vocal preparation through lessons. Students are encouraged to participate.

WHS All-State Choir Camp
        The WHS Choral Department will offer a summer camp to assist students in
learning the audition music for the Texas All-State Choir. All students are encouraged to
participate and are required to purchase their own music through a local music vendor.

TMEA All-State Auditions
        The Texas Music Educator’s Association sponsors an All-State Mixed Choir, All-
State Treble Choir, and All-State Men’s Choir each year. Students are selected from the
entire state of Texas through a series of auditions. Those selected form three nationally
recognized choirs. During TMEA’s annual convention in February, the students attend
rehearsals and culminate the week with a “standing room only” performance. The


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musical experience is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and college scholarships are often
offered to those who succeed in being selected. This event is mandatory for all varsity
level students, but all students are encouraged to participate.

U. I. L. Solo and Ensemble Contest
        Solo and Ensemble contest provides students an opportunity to compete for a
medal. Singers select a song from a Prescribed Music List, memorize it, and perform it
for a qualified judge. This event is mandatory for all varsity level students, but all
students are encouraged to participate.

Fundraising
        Students raise money throughout the year for the annual spring trip and for the
department. The director schedules a Money Day, and students are responsible for
turning in their money on time. Students who fail to complete and close out a fundraising
project will not be allowed to participate in further projects, receive an incomplete on
their progress/6th six weeks report card, and/or may be sent to the Dean’s office for
“encouragement in handling their account.”

Off Campus Field Trips, Parties, and Annual Spring Music Trips

Leadership Opportunities through the WHS Choir Council




                    REQUIRED MATERIALS
       Sharpened Pencil (no pens)
       ½ Inch Black 3-Ringed Binder
       Eraser
       Bottled Water
       Choir T-Shirt




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                          CODE OF CONDUCT
        Any organization is judged, in the eyes of others, by the actions of its individual
members. Whenever students dress in concert uniform or wears a choir uniform identi-
fication (shirt, letter jacket, etc.), their actions reflect on the entire organization. Students
should ALWAYS conduct themselves in such ways that bring only CREDIT to
themselves and their organization. Students should ALWAYS conduct themselves with
pride.
Care of the Fine Arts Wing
 • Refreshments –No gum, food or drinks (other than water) are allowed in the
        rooms except when authorized by the director.
  •     Litter – All trash is to be disposed in the waste basket provided in the entry
        hallway to the choir room.
  •     Recycling – A paper recycling box is provided in the entry hallway to the choir
        room.
  •     Vandalism – Acts of vandalism or willful misuse of school property will be dealt
        with severely and appropriately. Every music student is responsible to help the
        directors monitor and control vandalism, which includes writing or carving on
        walls, destroying music, or breakage of school property.
  •     Library – Absolutely no student is allowed in the library without permission.
        Music librarians are the only students that may enter. THE COPY MACHINE
        IS OFF LIMITS TO ALL STUDENTS UNLESS THEY RECEIVE
        PERMISSION FROM ONE OF THE DIRECTORS TO USE IT!!!
  •     Practice Rooms – Are designed for practicing, not social gatherings. You must
        have a practice room pass to enter the practice rooms. In order to get your pass
        you must leave your student ID and return the pass to get your ID. Any student
        found in the practice rooms without a pass will be written up for being in an
        unauthorized area. Practice room M 131 is reserved for voice lessons.
  •     Valuables – Students should refrain from bringing valuables or leaving them in
        the choir room. The music staff is not responsible for stolen items. Please keep
        these items with you at all times or do not bring them to school. Theft should be
        reported to campus security outside of class time.
  •     Offices – Please knock, and if you are invited in, you may enter. Otherwise they
        are off-limits to students. Students may not use the director's phone or computer
        without permission.
General Choir Room Expectations
  •     Be in your assigned position on the risers with supplies when the tardy bell rings.
  •     All choir students are provided with a calendar at the beginning of each semester
        with concerts, events, and dates that they will be required to attend. Resolve
        conflicts before they arise. Feel free to come to the director for help in resolving
        conflicts.
  •     The best time to communicate with the director regarding conflicts, setting up
        times for extra help, finding out about make-up work, etc., is before or after
        school, or right at the end of a rehearsal. Immediately before a rehearsal is not a
        good time as your Director is focused on the rehearsal about to happen. Students


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       should be focused on getting their folder and materials and getting to their seat
       and be ready to warm-up.
  •    Only the Director or accompanist may play the piano. Do not place any water
       bottles, folders, book bags, etc., on pianos.
  •    Students are allowed to write notes and directions on their music with PENCIL
       ONLY. Pen is not acceptable!
  •    The teacher, not the bell, dismisses students.
  •    When a visitor enters the room, pride in the music program will be demonstrated
       by the courteous behavior of each student.
  •    Honesty, integrity, and self-discipline are a must at all times.
  •    Always raise your hand before speaking.
  •    You are to go to the restroom, get water, and take care of personal matters
       between classes. There is a water fountain in the choir room for students to use.
       Do not ask to go to the restroom or get a drink of water.
  •    Do not brush hair, spray perfume or hairspray, apply scented lotions, apply nail
       polish, or put on make-up in the choir room. Use the restroom for personal
       grooming.
  •    Your folder is your textbook. If you lose or destroy your folder you will need to
       replace it immediately so that you have materials to use in class each day. Failure
       to replace your folder in a timely manner will result in a daily participation grade
       cut until the folder is replaced.
  •    Cell phones should not be visible at any time in M101.
  •    Students should post all announcements on the bulletin board in the entrance
       hallway not on the white boards in the choir room.
  •    Both you, as students, as we, as teachers, have a responsibility to fulfill if we are
       to be successful.
  •    Students must participate in class. Sick students will be expected to participate in
       all class activities, or may go to the nurse.
  •    Each student will be expected to store all personal items on the shelves when they
       enter the room.
  •    No other class work is allowed during class time.
  •    Use appropriate language and demonstrate good manners at all times.

                                DISCIPLINE
Students are expected to follow the Houston ISD Student Code of Conduct, and policies
and procedures explained in the Westside Way and the Choir Department Handbook.
Students and their parents/legal guardians are encouraged to be familiar with the
different levels of misconduct (Levels I through V).
Consequences
       One verbal notice should fix the problem
       A student may loose privileges upon a director’s verbal notice and/or will be
         assigned a 30 minute detention during their lunch period in the choir room.
       Phone call home, conduct/participation grades lowered.
       Referral to an Administrator, contact parents, possibly move the student down
         a choir, lower participation/conduct grade.


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                           PERFORMANCES
The Texas Education Association mandates that choirs be provided with performance
opportunities. This means that performances are a required part of the curriculum for a
choir class. Therefore, rehearsals and performances are graded and considered to be co-
curricular, not extra-curricular. Please mark all performances on your calendar now to
avoid last- minute conflicts. All performances are weighted to 30% of a student’s cycle
grade. All choir students are encouraged to attend all performances of other fine arts
ensembles (band, choir, dance, theater, visual art). Support your friends and broaden
your artistic horizons!
PLEASE NOTE: A student can be removed from a Varsity Level Ensemble for
failure to be picked up at the designated time. If a parent/legal guardian is going to
be late, please call the director on his cell phone (832-428-5830).


                   PERFORMANCE ATTIRE
Uniforms help an organization appear as a unified group to those who see us. Therefore,
additions, such as large jewelry, will not be acceptable. Ladies may wear small studs in
their ears, but no dangling earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. Gentlemen are never allowed
to wear earrings including off-campus performances and/or auditions of any kind.

Formal Concerts/UIL Performances
Ladies will be measured for their formal concert attire. This will be issued to the student
before the fall concert. You will turn the dress in after the U.I.L. competition.
Additionally, you will need to provide black close toe dress shoes (low heels are
required), and nude hose.
Gentlemen will be fitted for a tuxedo. You will receive tux pants and jacket, and a
winged tip tux shirt. Cummerbund, bow tie, studs and cufflinks will be distributed the
day of each concert and returned immediately after the performance. Additionally, you
will need black dress shoes (no variations, please) and black socks. You are required to
wear a plain white t-shirt under your tux shirt.

Informal Concerts/Field Trips/UIL Auditions
All choir members will receive a vocal music t-shirt with a special WHS Choir
department logo. These shirts are to be worn on special occasions, spirit days, and
activities when we want to look “uniform” but not formal.
Gentlemen and ladies both should wear a pair of nice blue jeans or khakis with their
official Vocal Music t-shirt. JEANS THAT ARE TORN ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE!

Formal Black Uniform
Students are required to wear solid black clothing. Black slacks, black collared dress
shirt, black belt, black socks/stockings, black jewelry, black dress shoes (close toe).
SOLID BLACK!




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                 GRADING POLICIES
Grades will be earned and evaluated in the following areas:


Daily Grades – 50%
       The daily grade is determined by the student’s level of participation and
       following all classroom expectations. The following are Choir
       Department expectations:
         Using hand-signs during sight-reading
         Sitting/Standing with correct posture
         Active Listening
         Individual singing and playing assessments
         Any required UIL participation (Varsity Level Ensemble)
       Common deductions for daily grades are:
            Tardies (10 pts)              Gum (10 pts)
            Bathroom (10 pts)             No music (10 pts)
            No pencil (10 pts)            Personal Items not on Shelf (10 pts)
            Food/Drinks (10 pts)          Unexcused absence (all pts)
Concert & Rehearsal Attendance – 30 %
      Participation in rehearsal and performances outside of school hours
      is a necessary part of choir courses. Attendance is required for the
      entirety of all performances and pre-scheduled rehearsals.
      Performances are listed on the Calendar of Events. Rehearsals after
      school will be few, and scheduled with plenty of advance notice.
       An excused absence from a rehearsal or concert will require the
       same criteria as an excused absence from school – personal illness
       where the student has been absent from school the entire school day,
       death in the family, or family emergency. The absence will not be
       excused if the parent and/or student have not communicated with the
       Director prior to the event. It is imperative that the parent contact
       the Director regarding the absence, as these rehearsals and concerts
       are a part of the student’s grade. The choir office number is 281-
       920-8008.
       An unexcused absence from a performance will result in a
       significant reduction of the six-week grade.
Assignments & Tests – 20%
      Assignments will be completed and tests administered to monitor
      progress in the subject. Special emphasis will be placed on
      monitoring individual sight-reading skills through taped testing.




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                                 ELIGIBILITY
According to state regulations, students must pass all classes (including Pre-Ap classes)
with a minimum grade of 70% on their report card in order to participate in UIL events
and to go on school sponsored trips (off-campus performances, etc.). If a student is
failing one or more classes at the six week mark, they may regain eligibility after the
waiting period and three weeks. In order to regain eligibility ALL classes must be
70% or better on the progress report. If students are unable to attend a prepaid trip
because of ineligibility, they will forfeit all fees paid.
There are many events included in the “no pass = no play” category: Solo and Ensemble,
Region Choir, All-State Choir, and social events. This also includes leaving school
during the school day that would require missing more than the student’s regularly
scheduled music class.
Inappropriate behavior demonstrated by a student on a consistent basis will be grounds
for dismissal from a performance or trip. The Director of Choral Activities has discretion
over this matter.

NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ACADEMIC IN-ELIGIBILITY AND IN-
ELIGIBILITY DUE TO INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR.




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 FAIR SHARE ASSESSMENT AND CHOIR FEES
The fair share assessment for choir students is based on the concept that each
member of the choir is expected to contribute to the choir budget. Each choir
student is assessed a dollar amount determined by the budgeted needs of the choir
for the entire year. The student earns credit toward this assessment by participating
in fundraising activities held throughout the year. If the student does not earn
enough credit to meet his/her financial obligation through fundraising activities,
he/she is responsible to pay the difference.

This fair share assessment will be applied primarily to fund things such as
clinicians, transportation, accompanists for performances, sound and lighting for the
pop show, sheet music, uniform replacement, supplies, pictures, music recordings,
clinicians, and piano tuning.

**Spring Trip information will be sent home at a later date.

REQUIRED EXPENSES                         FEE                        DUE DATE
  Vocal Music T-Shirt                    $10.00                      10/1/2008
 Fair Share Assessment                   $50.00                      10/1/2008
    Dry Cleaning Fee                     $20.00                      12/12/2008


 OPTIONAL EXPENSES                       FEE                        DUE DATE
  All-State Music Packet                $20.00                       9/12/2008
    All-State Music CD                   $5.00                       9/12/2008
   District Audition Fee                $20.00                       9/12/2008
 Region Choir/Clinic Fee                $20.00                       11/7/2008
      Pre-Area Meal                     $15.00                          TBA
 Solo and Ensemble Fee                  $15.00                      12/17/2008
 S & E Accompanist Fee                  $35.00                        2/1/2009
 State S&E Contest Fees/                $20.00                        4/1/2009
     Accompanist Fee                  TBA (40.00)                  Day of Contest




                            A Statement of Financial Policy
No student will be denied participation in the Westside High School Choral Department
 due to financial hardship. Please speak to your Director so that arrangements can be
                        made for those in need of consideration.




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                             FUNDRAISING
Students in the Westside High School Music Department are strongly encouraged, but
not required, to participate in fundraising programs.

Monies raised will pay for activities, programs, trips, music, instruments, and other
materials needed to operate and maintain a flourishing music program.
Students may maintain individual accounts for the money they earned in fundraising to
help defer the cost of the choir trip and pay for the Fair Share Assessment Fee. Students
who do not participate in fundraising opportunities will pay for the trip themselves.
A student’s account will not be “clear” on a fundraiser until all money owed to the Choir
Program has been collected and all accounts have been settled. If a student damages or
loses fundraising merchandise, he/she is required to pay for its replacement.
A student will not be allowed to participate in Music Department activities that involve
an expense until his/her fundraiser account has been cleared.
All fund-raising monies above and beyond the cost of each student’s trip expenses will be
utilized for the purchasing of music, equipment, and other Music Department related
items. This money will supplement the district/school funding for the Choir Programs.
Students will not receive refunds from monies raised through department fund raising
activities.


              WESTSIDE MUSIC BOOSTERS
Westside Music Boosters is a 501(c) (3) organization which supports Band, Choir, and
Orchestra programs at Westside High School. General Booster meetings are held on one
Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Westside Band Hall. Separate breakout
meetings for the three disciplines are scheduled as needed. Your membership fees help
underwrite the Spring Music Banquet, provide hospitality for visiting clinicians and
contest judges, and fund a music scholarship to be awarded annually. Additional
donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and may be directed to a
specific music program if desired.

        WHS MUSIC DEPARTMENT WEB PAGES
The Music Department web pages are designed to assist students and parents in pursuing
the best possible academic experience at Westside High School. Please use the web page
to enrich your Westside experience and assist the music faculty in improving it.
Please check the Choir and Music Department pages frequently for Music Department
updates or to print out extra copies of documents passed out in class.




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                       AWARDS AND HONORS

School Letter Jackets-A student in the Westside Vocal Music Department will
          earn a school letter jacket for choir if one or more of the following categories
          are completed.
               Category I:   The student has participated in a total of 8 choir concerts
                              and has auditioned for All-State choir and/or participated
                              in HS Solo & Ensemble competition two times.
               Category II: The student participates in All-State auditions and makes
                             the All-Region Choir (i.e., places in the top 10 chairs at the
                                     second round audition).
               Category III: The student is in his/her fourth consecutive year of choir at
                             WHS.
Outstanding Classmen Awards-These awards will be presented to a girl and a boy
         student from each class who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and
         character.

Most Improved Awards-These awards are given to students from each of the
         choirs who have demonstrated great improvement throughout the year.

Director’s Award of Honor-These awards are given by the director to recognize
           students for their outstanding contributions to the Music Department.




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                            CHOIR COUNCIL
The Choral Department offers opportunities for students who wish to serve as leaders of
the Westside Vocal Music Department activities. The current year’s vocal music
membership will elect officers from candidates who express a desire to run for that
office. Each candidate will give a short speech outlining his or her qualifications and
why he or she wishes to represent the group as an officer.

General Officer Responsibilities

      Spokesperson for the choir.
      Encourage each class to support all other choir classes in a positive manner.
      Assist in developing a positive class attitude.
      Plan choir social events for all choir students.
      Attend all choir activities.
      Encourage all vocal music students to support the other fine arts programs at
       Westside.
      High School and feeder programs in a positive manner.
      Maintain a passing grade in all classes including Pre-Ap Classes.

President:
       Leads the Choir Council, organizes activities and projects for the entire choir, and
       assists in organization and implementation of activities for each choir.

Vice-President:
      Communicates information about meetings to all council members and posts
      notices for activities that concern all choirs.

Secretary:
       Keeps record of Choir Council meetings, is responsible for any correspondence
       (thank you notes, get well card, invitations, etc).

Public Relations Chairperson:
       Responsibilities include designing and dispersing flyers and banners for all
       concerts, fundraising activities, and other activities of the Choir Department.
       Chairperson will also write materials for school announcements, school email,
       and press releases for the Choir Department.

Spirit Leader:
       Responsible for creating positive spirit in the entire choir, make birthday posters
       each month, and organize spirit gifts for students participating in contest. Student
       must be enthusiastic, creative, and sincere.


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Historian:
       Creates a pictorial record of the events of the entire choir year. The scrapbook
       and/or slideshow should be presented for viewing by all choir members in May.

Stage Manager:
      Creates a committee of students to assist the music directors, administration, and
      Music boosters in setting up and breaking down for concerts, social events, and
      other related activities. Every Friday, members of this committee will clean the
      white board and shine the piano. The director will provide all cleaning materials
      for you. When cleaning the piano always use a soft, cotton, and clean rag. Never
      use paper towels or bathroom paper. Make sure all CD Players are put in their
      appropriate places.

Uniform Manager:
      Keeps the uniform room in order, maintains student uniform information and
      uniform conditions. Helps to distribute and collect uniform for use and cleaning.

Chaplain:
      Responsible for leading the organization in a moment of silence or prayer before
      concert’s and field trips. The Chaplain will also assist the Secretary and Spirit
      Leader in motivational tasks including get well cards.

Section Leaders:
       Responsibilities include checking to make sure all students have required
       materials, run sectionals, and act as a liaison between the students and director.



**All choir officers must be academically eligible and maintain a conduct grade of
satisfactory in all of their classes. Students not meeting this standard will be given
one opportunity to meet expectations by a specified time or he/she will be replaced.
Grades will be checked at the end of each six weeks. Any choir officer placed in ISS
or suspended from school may be removed from office.




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