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Edgewater High School Chorus Handbook 2006 -2007 Michael B by HC120831172549


									                      Edgewater High School Class Guitar
                                                       2011 - 2012

                                           Principal – Michele Erickson

                                                Teacher - Paul Wilson

Welcome to Edgewater High School Class Guitar. A performing music organization is a unique type of class. Not only will we
learn about music, but also have opportunities to perform for our families, other students, and the community, both on and off
campus. We will represent our school in the community, and we must do this with pride in the way we look, the way we act, and
the way we perform. Each guitar student is expected to attend performances during and outside the school day, to wear the
required attire for concerts, and to behave appropriately in class. This syllabus will discuss these requirements. If any parent /
guardian have questions regarding this information please e-mail Mr. Wilson or call Mr. Wilson
at the Edgewater High School Orchestra and Choral Department (407-835-4975). NOTE: E-mail is the most dependable method
of communication.
My web page is . A copy of this syllabus as well as other information can
be found on the website.
Music Department Philosophy
         Every student has the right to take full advantage of the opportunity for musical and personal growth offered by the EHS Music
         Department. They also have the right to expect an atmosphere of mutual respect, acceptance, trust and professionalism. Likewise, they
         have the responsibility to contribute to and maintain an atmosphere that will foster this growth. No student will be allowed to interfere
         with anyone's rights or neglect their responsibility. The strength of this department relies on its individual members. There will be a
         high level of expectation, work ethic, and excellence not only in preparation but also in performance. This is a team organization. Each
         person is very important to the success of the organization and its performances.

             Guitars are rented from EHS at a rate of $35.00 per school year. The rental fee must be paid before a guitar will be issued. (A
             payment schedule can be arranged on an individual basis. Parents will need to contact Mr. Wilson to make arrangements.) All
             students are required to supply their own medium pick, a 2” - 3 Ring notebook with dividers for class handouts, and other
             necessary accessories as needed. Students will be using a school owned textbook for the primary instruction in this class.
             “Essential Elements for Guitar” guitar book 1 by Will Schmid and Bob Morris - a Hal Leonard Corporation publication. ISBN
             978-0-634-05434-1 Because this is a class set only, it is recommended that students purchase their own copy. This book can be
             purchased at several local music stores. Other text materials may be provided by EHS to supplement the primary textbook.


1. Students must be regular in attendance and account for all absences.
2. Make an effort to learn and improve daily.
3. Be responsible for and expect to assume the consequences of all of your actions.
4. Show the proper respect for all, including classmates, and those in authority.
5. Follow all classroom rules and school regulations.
6. Students must be honest and fair concerning equipment, music and school life in general.
7. Cooperate with fellow music students and share with them the responsibilities and privileges that are part of the program.
8. Contribute positively to your music education and that of others through the best use of your talents.
9. Improve your knowledge and understanding of playing, music theory, harmony, and history, and develop good listening and musical habits.


1. Provide students with a full music education through rehearsal, performance, teaching, testing, and listening.
2. Plan each day's activities and encourage daily progress.
3. Supervise students in class and on school-sponsored trips.
4. Be fair and consistent with all discipline, assignments, and activities.
5. Evaluate and grade the progress of each member.


1. Cultural: To aid in the development of music appreciation and understanding through the study and performance of the best of music.
2. Educational: To develop interested and discriminating listeners and provide a well-founded musical background.
3. Service: To lend color and atmosphere through performance mediums to certain school events, and community affairs.


The Classroom rules entail both responsibility and respect with one overriding principle.
1. Be Appropriate:
2. Come Prepared:
• Bring the necessary instruments, accessories, music, books, papers, and pencils.
• All preparations are to be taken care of before the bell.
• Be in your assigned seat when the tardy bell rings
3. Look, act, and play as a performer.
• Always utilize good posture, tone, and playing skills. Be a good listener and player.
4. Passes:
• Passes are written for emergency reasons only!
• Take care of everything before arriving to class.
5. Class Beginnings
• Class begins when the tardy bell rings. Be in your seat, ready to work. I will not go overtime, however class is not over until I dismiss you.
• Get your folder, your instrument and all materials needed.
• Bring 100% of yourself to class each day. Come ready to work and learn.
6. Talking - DO NOT!
• I will not talk over anyone.
• I do not expect you to talk over me.
• Do not talk when we are playing ... for any reason!
7. Gum, Candy, Food, Drinks, etc:
• No chewing gum, candy, eating or drinking in class – Detention / cleaning!
8. Phone Calls:
• Use your cell phone before / after school, during class changes or during lunch. Use of cell phones in class will result in confiscation as per
school policy. Please, do not ask to use the phone during class time.
9. Messy People:
• Do not move the chairs unless instructed to do so! Please clean up any trash dropped, straighten chairs before leaving the music suite, and put
your materials and music away in its assigned place.
10. Mutual Respect:
• We expect an atmosphere of mutual respect, acceptance, trust and professionalism.
• Name calling and or slurs of any kind will not be tolerated.
11. Music Folders:
• You will be assigned a instrument storage space. Each person is responsible for the music loaned by EHS. The folder of music must be
returned in good condition or payment will be made.
• This is your textbook!
12. Tardies
• Tardies will be treated by school policy.

Any breach or violation of classroom policy will be dealt with in the following manner:
1st Offense - Warning and/or writing assignment, parent contact, removal from rehearsal and loss of class participation grade.
2nd Offense - school detention, loss of class participation grade.
3rd Offense - administrative referral.
Repeated Offenses – as per OCPS student code of conduct
I will maintain open communication with your parents or guardians. I will not hesitate to call them concerning grades, good work, and/ or
behavior. Detentions will be served on Mondays after school!

If you have a conflict or problem with the class, an assignment, a grade, or anything, see me. We will work it out or we will find someone who
can. I want you to succeed and will do all in my power to help you attain that success. I will always be pulling for you!


Students are given a daily grade for participation of up to 100 points each day. Most days this is through playing and participating in that days
rehearsal / class.
Periodically a test is given valued at 100 points.
There will be a few scheduled concerts throughout the year. Each Performance (concert) will be credited 500 points.

Missed work can not be made up (except tests) due to the nature of rehearsals and class participation experiences.
Missed points due to absence can only be made up through make-up credit project:

1. Students may attend any live performance of a musical group or individual guitar player of at least one hour duration. This must be a
concert and NOT an event that just happens to also have a performing group or individual there to perform i.e church, ball games etc. A
program, playbill, or ticket stub must be presented to Mr. Wilson with a short written review of the performance. If the performance is a school
performance (band, chorus, orchestra or a drama musical) the signature of the director on a program with the students name written on it will
substitute for the ticket and written review. This must be turned in to Mr. Wilson within two (2) school days after the performance to receive

2. Students can also do a research project to make up an absence(s). You will need to see Mr. Wilson for a subject and length for this.

The nine weeks grade is derived by dividing the number of points earned by the number of points available. The final grade is derived by
adding the two nine weeks grade together, multiplying it by two, and adding the final exam grade, then dividing the total sum by five.

1st 9 wks = 20%, 2nd 9 wks = 20%, 3rd 9 wks = 20%, 4th 9 wks = 20%X2 + Final Exam = 20%


1. Students will be required to participate in concerts both during and outside of the school day. This provides opportunities not otherwise
available to the student. Students gain poise and a sense of responsibility and sharing through community concerts. Every effort will be made to
give reasonable notice of specific dates and times. If you anticipate a transportation problem, please inform Mr. Wilson far in advance so that
we can investigate possibilities for rides with students in your neighborhood. The excuse of no transportation is not an accepted excuse! Make
plans now for transportation for the rehearsal and concert dates, because ... you receive a grade for these events!

1. We follow the school policy on absences from performances. Excused absences are for your illness, religious holidays, or a death in the
immediate family. A student who has an excused absence from school the day of the concert will have an excused absence from the concert.
The director should be informed before a performance if a student must miss a concert. In the event of a family emergency, a note is needed so
judgment may be made as to whether this will be an excused or unexcused absence.
2. Students who have an excused absence from a concert may make up that work by playing the songs performed in the concert for the director
and the class as in a test. Or, in some circumstances, students may be asked to do a written report on a composer, or guitar player as make-up
for a concert. If the teacher chooses this option, the student will be provided with an assignment sheet explaining the report. Unexcused
absence from a performance cannot be made up.


The students are provided opportunities/instruction to:
1. Learn to read music in the first position of the guitar and gain a thorough understanding of the layout of the instrument.
2. Learn proper care and maintenance of the guitar.
3. Learn the fundamentals of music including pitch identification in treble clef, intervals, scale construction, chord construction,
and application to the guitar.
4. Perform music from various periods and cultures throughout the history of the guitar in solo, and ensemble formats.
5. Learn the vast history of the guitar and have the ability to identify significant composers and musicians.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of major musicals styles and traditions from a variety of times and places and how they relate to
the guitar.
7. Demonstrate an understanding that music and musicians reflect, play a role in, and influence the culture in which they exist.
8. Develop the ability to assess the qualities and merits of a variety of musical compositions and types of musical performances.
9. Demonstrate an understanding of musical form, its relationship to musical style, and the ability to identify various forms.
10. Identify and explain various components involved in successfully pursuing careers in music.
Course Content and Student Activities
Students will:
1. Identify and define standard notational symbols for the reading and writing of music.
2. Perform music from throughout the world and history for the guitar with expression while demonstrating the proper use of
technique. Performances will include selections from memory.
3. Listen to and discuss the history of the guitar beginning with its precursors (lute and viuela) and finish with the electric guitar
and guitar synthesizer.
4. Discuss the cultural changes and technological developments throughout the history of the guitar.
5. Analyze aural examples and identify cultural characteristics and determine the historical context of the music.
6. Discuss the roles of musicians and composers and how they have changed or remained the same through history.
7. Develop the ability to make critical and educated judgments about the quality and effectiveness of musical performances,
compositions, and improvisations performed by themselves, classmates, professionals musicians, and other performers.
8. Develop the ability to discuss musical forms, styles, compositional techniques, and how these devices are used in musical
9. Analyze the process for arranging, underscoring, and composing music for film and video productions.
Student Assessment:
1. Demonstrate the ability to translate written music notation into practice through weekly/periodic performances for the
2. Demonstrate assimilation of history of the guitar through aural and written tests and a research paper.
3. Demonstrate the ability to discuss the aesthetic values of music listen to inside and outside of class.
4. Demonstrate how music and various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated.
                           CLASS GUITAR SYLLABUS
                             Acknowledgement Form

I (Student’s name printed) ________________________________________________ have read and understand all of the Class Guitar
Syllabus, it’s rules and procedures and will abide by the standards set by it.

STUDENT SIGNATURE ___________________________________________________________ DATE _______________________

I (Parent’s name printed) ________________________________________________ have read and understand all of the Class Guitar
Syllabus, it’s rules and procedures and will encourage my son/daughter to abide by the standards set by it.

PARENT SIGNATURE ___________________________________________________________ DATE _______________________

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