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					                                                                 Martinsville High School
School Year:    2010-2011                                 Instructor: Kevin D. Lewis
Course:    Band 9/10                                            Phone: (276) 403-5776
Room #: Bandroom                              E-mail: klewis@martinsville.k12.va.us
                                                    Website: www.thebulldogband.com
Course Description:

Developing basic musicianship skills continues to be a priority at the Intermediate Level.
Students will begin to use more articulations, perform scales and music in more difficult key
signatures, vibrato, and perform music at an intermediate level of difficulty (VBODA Solo
Repertoire, Level 2-4). Ensemble skills will become more developed as students participate in
band. Students will describe concepts common to music and other disciplines, and will be
involved in discussing various cultures, styles, composers, and historical periods. Advanced
instrumental students will perform, discuss, and critically evaluate characteristics of more
elaborate music compositions.

During the early years of High School, MHS band students will transition from the Intermediate
Instrumental Music SOLS to the advanced. Students at the Advanced Level (VBODA Solo
Repertoire, Level 4-5) will improve their technical and expressive skills and will demonstrate a
variety of articulations, alternate fingerings, and vibrato while playing the required scales,
arpeggios, and rudiments in more complex rhythmic patterns. Percussion students will become
more proficient in the use of mallet instruments, timpani, and auxiliary instruments.

Successful sightreading (reading music well the first time) is a focus of instruction for the school
year. Using logical steps, students will become musicians who play correct rhythms, accurate
dynamics, and with expression. Using these same skills, students will improve with each
subsequent performance.


Course Content and Calendar

Week 1 Classroom Procedures, Instrument Checkout, Time Signature, Marching Music,
      Scales Bb, Eb, Ab, Db
Week 2 Sightreading Six Steps, Chromatic Scale 1 octave, Marching Music
Week 3 Rhythms 1-20, Key Signature (1st wk), Chromatic Scale 1 octave, Scales Bb, Eb, Ab,
      Db, C, F, Marching Music
Week 4 Repeat Scales, Rhythms 20-28, Key Signature (2nd wk), Marching Music
Week 5 Scales Add Gb, G, Tempo Markings, Marching Music
Week 6 Marching Music Scales Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, D, G, C, F (Add D), Tempo Markings

October 19   End of the first Six weeks
Week 1 Begin Concert Music, Chromatic Scale 2 Octaves, Rhythms 29-43, Marching Music,
       Accidentals, Parade
Week 2 Play All Major Scales (for rest of year), Rhythms 29-43, Marching Music & Concert
      Music, Dynamics, Parade
Week 3 Rev. Sightreading Six Steps, Rhythms 44-62, Marching & Concert Music, Dynamics,
      Parade
Week 4 Rhythms 44-62, Marching & Concert Music, Articulations
Week 5 Rhythms 44-62, Concert Music, Chromatic Scale Full Range of instrument
Week 6 6/8 time, Rhythms 63-82, Playoff Preparation, Prepare for All District/County
      Auditions, Concert

December 7 End of the second six weeks
Week 1 Rhythms 63-82, Prepare for All District/County Auditions, Concert
Week 2 Rhythms 63-82, Prepare for All County Auditions, Concert, 6/8 time
Week 3 Rhythms 63-82, Prepare for All County Auditions
Week 4 Concert, cut-time, Festival Music Sightread
Week 5 Rhythms 1-82, Festival Music - Sightread
Week 6 Festival Music - Sightread
February 2 End of third six weeks
Week 1 Rhythms 83-101, Festival Music, Individual Solo “Gavotte” by Handel
Week 2 Rhythms 83-101, Festival Music, Solo, All County Band event, Prepare for VA Beach
       & Busch Gardens
Week 3 Rhythms 83-101, Festival Music, Music Technology, Solo, Prepare for VA Beach &
       Busch Gardens, Vocabulary
Week 4 Rhythms 83-101, Festival Music, Prepare for VA Beach & Busch Gardens, Vocab.
Week 5 Rhythms 83-101, Festival Music, Prepare for VA Beach & Busch Gardens, Vocab.
Week 6 Rhythms 83-101, Festival Music, Prepare for VA Beach & Busch Gardens, Vocab.
March 16     End of fourth six weeks
Week 1 Festival Music, Prepare for VA Beach & Busch Gardens
Week 2 Concert Music, Prepare for VA Beach & Busch Gardens
Week 3 Concert Music, Prepare for VA Beach & Busch Gardens
Week 4 Concert Music,
Week 5 Concert Music,
Week 6 Concert Music
May 5 End of fifth six weeks
Week 1 Concert Music prep
Week 2 CONCERT, Graduation Band prep
Week 3 Graduation Band prep
Week 4 Graduation Band prep, BIG M
Week 5 Graduation Band prep, BIG M
Week 6 Graduation Band prep
June18       End of sixth six weeks
Learning Expectations


                                 Sightreading Steps
Martinsville High School Band students will sight-read music using correct notes, dynamics, and
rhythms and will perform these skills in playing exams and rehearsals at a level consistent with
the successful completion of an All District Band Audition. The successful playing/reading of
music requires the intellectual analysis of many elements of music. It also requires the
implementation of physical skills on the instrument. There are six major steps to achieving
the goal:

   1.   Mental Analysis of the musical example
   2.   Mentally Play through the example
   3.   Silently count off the correct tempo
   4.   Breathe on the final beat of count off and play first note
   5.   Play through the example
   6.   Evaluate the performance

These basic steps and sub-steps can be explained in the following flowchart:
        Instrumental Music: Intermediate Level SOLS
Performance and Production
II.1    The student will demonstrate proper posture, embouchure, hand position, and playing position.
II.2    The student will produce tones that are clear, free of tension, sustained, and unwavering in
        pitch.
II.3    The student will adjust intonation and match pitches.
II.4    The student will incorporate tempo changes and a variety of rhythms and meters in materials
        being studied.
II.5    The student will demonstrate a variety of articulations or bowings.
        Play staccato, legato tongue, accent, marcato, and tenuto on wind instruments.
II.6    The student will perform major scales, ascending and descending, in eighth notes (M.M.
        quarter note = 72).
        Play D, G, C, F, B-flat, E-flat, A-flat, and D-flat one-octave scales on wind and mallet
        instruments.
II.7    The percussion student will perform multiple bounce roll, five stroke roll, nine stroke roll, flam,
        single paradiddle, drag, drag paradiddle, flam accent, flam tap, flamacue, single drag tap,
        double drag tap, and lesson 25 from the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Drum
        Rudiments, open-close-open.
II.8    The wind/mallet student will perform a chromatic scale, ascending and descending, in eighth
        notes (M.M. quarter note = 72)
II.9    The student will use dynamic contrast and technical skills as means of expression.
        1. Use vibrato, alternate fingerings, trills, and grace notes when performing on wind
             instruments.
        2. Use multiple mallets technique on two timpani, and techniques on auxiliary instruments
             when performing on percussion instruments.
II.10   The student will demonstrate musical phrasing through the use of dynamics, tempo, and
        melodic contour.
II.11   The student will demonstrate ensemble skills.
        1. Blend instrumental timbres.
        2. Match dynamic levels, style, and intonation.
        3. Respond to conducting gestures.
II.12   The student will sight-read music of varying styles and levels of difficulty, in accordance with
        VBODA Level 2-4.
II.13   The student will sing a part while other students sing or play contrasting parts.
II.14   The student will perform music from a variety of cultures, styles, and historical periods.
II.15   The student will identify and repair minor problems of the instrument being studied.
II.16   The student will demonstrate increased learning through a variety of music activities.
        1. Maintain attendance with required materials.
        2. Demonstrate completion of assignments and/or practice.
        3. Participate in concerts, performances, cross disciplinary activities, and co-curricular
             activities.
        4. Demonstrate concert etiquette as a performer and listener.

Cultural Context and Music Theory
II.17   The student will embellish four to eight measures of a folk song by creating rhythmic and
        melodic variations.
II.18   The student will compose an eight-measure melody, using available technology, within teacher-
        specified parameters.
II.19    The student will read and notate music.
         1. Use a syllable, number, or letter system to read and write simple melodies in the
            appropriate clef, individually and in large ensembles.
         2. Use a syllable, number, or letter system to read and write rhythmic patterns that include
            whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes, rests, and dotted notes, and triplets in
            simple and compound meters.
         3. Identify, define, and demonstrate standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics,
            tempo, articulation, and expression.
II.20    The student will identify career and vocational options in music.
II.21    The student will identify and analyze cultures, styles, composers, and historical periods from
         materials being studied.

Judgment and Criticism
II.22    The student will evaluate individual and group performances.

Aesthetics
II.23    The student will describe concepts common to music, the other fine arts, and other disciplines.
II.24    The student will demonstrate concert etiquette as an active listener.
II.25    The student will discuss musical performance and its value to the community.


            Instrumental Music: Advanced Level SOLS
Performance and Production
IAD.1    The student will demonstrate proper posture, embouchure, hand position, and playing position.
IAD.2    The student will produce tones that are clear, free of tension, sustained, and unwavering in
         pitch.
IAD.3    The student will adjust intonation and match pitches.
IAD.4    The student will incorporate tempo changes and a variety of rhythms and meters in materials
         being studied.
IAD.5    The student will demonstrate a variety of articulations
         Use double-tongue, triple-tongue, and breath attacks on wind instruments.
IAD.6    The student will perform all major scales and selected melodic minor scales with one-octave
         tonic arpeggios, ascending and descending, in eighth notes (M.M. quarter note = 72).
IAD.7    The percussion student will perform the 40 Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Drum
         Rudiments, open-close-open.
IAD.8    The wind/mallet student will perform a chromatic scale, ascending and descending, in sixteenth
         notes (M.M. quarter note = 72) throughout the practical range of the instrument.
IAD.9    The student will use dynamic contrast and technical skills as a means of expression.
IAD.10   The student will demonstrate musical phrasing through the use of dynamic emphasis and tempo
         modification.
IAD.11   The student will demonstrate ensemble skills.
         1. Blend instrumental timbres.
         2. Match dynamic levels, style, and intonation.
         3. Respond to conducting gestures.
         4. Use conducting gestures.
IAD.12   The student will sight-read music of varying styles and levels of difficulty.
IAD.13   The student will sing a part while other students sing or play contrasting parts.
IAD.14   The student will perform music from a variety of cultures, styles, and historical periods.
IAD.15   The student will identify and repair minor problems of the instrument being studied.
IAD.16    The student will demonstrate increased learning through a variety of music activities.
          1. Maintain attendance with required materials.
          2. Demonstrate completion of assignments and/or practice.
          3. Participate in activities such as concerts, performances, marching band, jazz
              ensemble, chamber ensembles, and All-District, All-Region, and All-Virginia
              events.
          4. Demonstrate concert etiquette as a performer and listener.


Student Evaluation/ Student Assessment

I.       Checkoffs/Playing Tests (25%)
                A.     Given on music from marching and concert folders
                B.     Must check off 5 items period grading (see below)
II.      Written Test (15%)
                A.     Music Theory
                B.     Sub-division of exercises and music
III.     Daily (30%)
                A.     Materials are checked at the beginning of every rehearsal (music, pencil, etc.)
                B.     Being ready when the director gives the downbeat
                C.     Participation, Cooperation, following rehearsal procedure
                D.     Will count 50% in periods with no concerts
IV.      Performance (30%)
                A.     Participation in all MHS Band performances
                B.     Big M ceremony, Spring Concert, and Graduation

Assessment Calendar

First Six Weeks
Check Offs/Playing Test: Scale F, Eb, Ab & Db- Marching Music, Rhythm 20, Rhythm 28
Written:      Sightreading Six Steps Quiz, Key Signature Test
Second Six weeks
Check Offs/Playing Test: Scale C, Gb, Chromatic Scale 2 octaves, Rhythm 28, 33, 43
Written:      Accidentals Quiz , Dynamics Quiz ,Articulations Quiz
Small Ensembles and solos: 10th grade begin
Third six weeks
Check Offs/Playing Test: Scale B, E, Rhythm p.9, p.10, p.11 (6/8 time), p.14 (cut-
time)Playing Test on Parade and Concert Music
Written:       Tempo Markings Quiz
Small Ensembles and solos: 9th grade begin
Fourth Six Weeks
Check Offs/Playing Test: ScaleA Taped Playing Test Due on Festival Music (2/15)
Written:      Vocabulary Test
Fifth Six Weeks
Check Offs/Playing Test: Chromatic Scale Test (Full Range), Individual Solo Test on
“Gavotte” by Handel
Written: Vocabulary II,
Sixth Six Weeks
Spring Concert Performance
BIG M Performance
Graduation Performance
June 18       End of sixth six weeks

                                              Other Dates
                                     September 8 Fundraiser $ Due
                                September 22 Biscuit & Pizza Delivery
                                November 20th (Sat) Christmas Parade
                                   December 3rd (Fri) Fruit Delivery
                            December 11 (Sat) All District Band Auditions
                              December 16 (Thur) Holiday Band Concert
                                February 4-5 (Fri/Sat) All District Band
                                   March Festival Performance TBA
                April 7-9 Virginia Beach/Busch Gardens Trip (Concert and Marching)
                                  TBA (Sat) Festival of mARTinsville
                                  May 10 (Tues) Spring Band Concert
                                   June 3rd or 4th (Fr) Jazz XLIII (43)
                                           Big M (Thur) TBA
                                     June 18 (Sat) Graduation Band



Resources & Required Supplies
             A. All Freshmen and Sophomores need the book 101 Rhythmic Rest Patterns
                ($7checks payable to MHS) Book was used in 8th and 9th grade bands last year
             B. Reeds, Valve Oil, Pencils. Slide Cream
             C. Percussionist must have marching sticks, concert snare sticks, marimba
                mallets, and timpani mallets. Available in a stick bag. Must have by second
                six weeks.
             D. Trumpets must have Straight mute (metal is preferred / Tom Crown is good
                brand). Must have by second six weeks.
             E. Items B, C, & D available at Woodall’s or Stafford’s Music)
             F. Optional -- Computer program titled Smartmusic available for an annual subscription fee.
                   Program records and assesses performances at home. Thousands of titles available to play along
                   with as well as tracks for jazz improvisation. Think Guitar Hero for Band. Information and
                   purchase available at smartmusic.com
                                            School Policies and Procedures
Homework Policy
Late Homework will be assessed a 10% penalty per day as stated in school policy.

Attendance/Tardies

School policy will be adhered to in all matters: The first unauthorized tardy during a
grading period shall result in a warning. On the second unauthorized tardy to class during a grading period, the student will
receive one hour of after school detention.The third tardy will result in all day ISS.

See “The Leash” for policy details.



Missed Classes
It is the responsibility of the student to immediately check with the teacher regarding missed work. This
needs to be done before or after rehearsal.

Late Work

In band, the primary goal is to successfully contribute to musical experiences whether individual or in a
group. Assignments and performances are designed to be rigorous yet attainable. On those occasions
when a student does not complete a certain assignment or perform adequately on a quiz or test, they may
try repeatedly until the end of the grading period to improve their performance.


A Word about Instrument Condition

         The first step in ensuring quality performances and rewarding rehearsals is to expect that all instruments work properly.
          Students become frustrated when instruments do not work properly and are usually unsatisfied with their grade. When
          instruments do not work, students are responsible for the repair / replacement of the instrument they use even if it is owned
          by the school.
         Students who eat or drink prior to playing are increasing the likelihood that instruments will need to be re-padded ($150-200
          for woodwind instruments). Students are responsible for regularly checking pads on woodwind instruments and making
          sure that all screws are sufficiently tightened. When plastic or wooden mouthpieces and woodwind instruments are
          cracked, they must be replaced.

         All slides and valves of brass instruments must move freely. Students are responsible for oiling valves and greasing slides.
          Students who eat or drink before playing will ultimately have to pay for the cleaning of the instrument.

         A note from the parent detailing the problem and the dates instrument was placed in the shop is helpful in record keeping
          and required in allowing the student to make up work and assignments at a later time. Instruments needing repair may be
          taken to: Denton’s music on Memorial Blvd, Valley Repair in Salem, Woodall’s or Stafford’s Music.

         Many students will upgrade the model of instrument they use at the high school level. Intermediate and professional
          instruments provide an experience that is more in tune and often easier than trying to play horns that were mass produced
          for fifth and sixth graders. Brass and woodwind players are encouraged to purchase new mouthpieces that will allow for
          their growth since fifth grade and the greater amounts of air that are being used to produce sound.
Class Behavior

 Daily participation, cooperation, and the successful following of rehearsal procedure account for 30% of the
  Six weeks grade.
 Students shall not engage in any conduct which disrupts the rehearsal or the process of learning for
  themselves or others.
 Materials are checked at the beginning of every rehearsal (music, pencil, etc.)
 Being ready when the director gives the downbeat (Two minutes after the final bell)
 Cell phones are not to be visible or on stand in class unless being used as part of instruction. Phones
  that ring or are seen in class are to be given to the instructor and may be picked up in the office by the
  parent.
 The student and any other person must, upon request, identify himself to proper school authorities and
  should obey the lawful instructions and directives of all school personnel.
 Students are to picked up from all band activities in the back parking lot.
 Students shall not behave in a disruptive manner or otherwise violate school rules while waiting for the
  school bus, or after being discharged from a school bus.
 All students should refrain from acts of dishonesty or vandalism that result in either theft of or damage
  to school or personal property.
 Students should avoid inappropriate displays of affection.
 Students should refrain from belittling, gossiping, name-calling, harassment, or other activities that
  demonstrate a deliberate attempt to embarrass or harm others. Use acceptable and courteous
  language at all times.
 Students shall not use language, a gesture, or engage in conduct that is vulgar, profane, obscene or
  disrupts the teaching and learning environment.
 Students participating in activities and organizations that represent the school and the community are
  required to maintain strict standards of dress, appearance, and behavior that are specified by the
  sponsors and administrators. Such participation is a privilege that must be earned.

Academic Integrity

Students shall not cheat, plagiarize or knowingly make false statements with respect to any assigned
school work or tests. If a student is found to be cheating, no credit for that particular assignment or test will
be given. The teacher will notify the student’s parent(s) and contact the school secretary for documentation
purposes. Eligibility for National Honor Society may be jeopardized.



Website
www.thebulldogband.com
www.martinsville.k12.va.us

E-mail
klewis@martinsville.k12.va.us

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