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Grades

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Middle school grades can always be viewed online.  You will need to set up an account. Go to https://aeries.etiwanda.org/parent and follow the instructions to login to see your student's grades.

 

Playing tests can usually be made up by re-testing with Mr. Peske before or after school.   

 

Elementary students receive grade printouts at approximately 3 week intervals.

 

If you have a specific question or would like to request a grade printout, please email Mr. Peske

How to get an A in band:

1)      Always be prepared for class with instrument, music, pencil, and supplies.
2)      Be sure to practice every day. Make practice a habit and set goals for your practice time.
3)      Focus on the specific parts you have trouble with.  Slow the tempo down and practice it until it is correct three times in a row.  Only perfect practice makes perfect.  (Donít forget to practice scales, rhythms, and other exercises.)
4)      Talk to Mr. Peske if there is something that you donít understand.
5)      Donít settle for just playing notes and rhythms correctly.  How expressive can you be?  Are you playing with proper dynamics, articulation, style, and phrasing?
 

Grades and Practice

Band is an academic class and students are expected to achieve proficiency on their instrument.  I expect and look for daily progress from each student.  Students must earn their grades by producing high quality work and by performing in the concerts.

Instrumental progress is determined by listening to students perform alone or in groups.  At times, I will also assign written work, written tests, or large projects.  Concert attendance and punctuality is mandatory and is a significant part of the grade.  It cannot be made up.  You may want to make a backup transportation plan (grandparent, relative, neighbor, friendís parents, etc.) for the times when a parent may suddenly be unable to take their student to the concert.  (Note: If an extraordinary, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency prevents concert attendance, please contact Mr. Peske as quickly as possible to inform him of the situation.)

The key to success in band is focused, consistent, and daily practice.  The question is not whether a student is talented. All students can develop musical skill through deliberate practice.  When students practice, they should be working on the places where they are having trouble. Skill growth comes from the struggle to correct errors and the repetition of the correct action. Break it down into smaller chunks, practicing each one slowly until perfectly correct; pay careful attention to every detail; and repeat the correct action until it is automatic. The more time that students devote to this very careful practice, the better they will become. Simply running through a song will not make a student better and mistakes that are not fixed will become bad habits. (For more on practice, read Daniel Coyleís book The Talent Code.)

Students need to make practicing on their instrument part of their daily routine.  It will be easier to practice if it is done at the same time each day, such as just after dinner, or at 5:00.  I encourage parents and students to look at the weekly schedule and plan practice time.  It is much easier to practice regularly when it becomes a habit. 

When students practice, they should set specific goals for their practice time and practice until they achieve those goals.  Middle school students should typically practice 20-30 minutes (or more) every day.  Some students will need to practice longer to achieve their goals than others, but success will always eventually come to those who practice.  There are resources available at our website to assist students with their practice.  In addition, students are encouraged to practice with other students and help each other or to ask Mr. Peske for help when there is something that is still unclear.  The goal is for all students to develop their individual musical potential.  Again, parents, please help your student develop the habit of consistent, goal-driven practice. 

Rubric for Weekly Progress and Preparation Grade (25 pts per week):

A: (23-25 pts) Student is on time and prepared with all materials.* Student plays warmups, scales, and rhythm exercises accurately.  Student plays his/her part of the band music accurately and confidently with a steady tempo.  If there are any mistakes, they are very minor and quickly corrected. Each day, the student plays better and better as a result of daily and deliberate practice.

B: (20-22 pts) Student is on time and prepared with all materials.* Student makes a few mistakes when playing warmups, scales and/or rhythm exercises.  Student plays his/her part of the band music accurately in some spots, but has errors in notes or rhythms in other places.  The student makes inconsistent progress from day to day as a result of unfocused or inconsistent practice.

C: (18-19 pts) Student is on time and prepared with all materials.* Student makes many mistakes on warmups, scales, and/or rhythm exercises.  Student makes many mistakes in notes or rhythms in the band music, so that the part does not fit in with the rest of the band. Little progress is seen during the week, indicating a lack of practice at home or confusion about concepts.

D: (15-17 pts) Student is on time and prepared with all materials.* Warmups, scales, and/or rhythm exercises are unrecognizable.  Little attempt is made to play the material in class.  When the band is playing its music, the student only attempts to play a small part of the music on their page.  Student does not make progress beyond what is taught in class, indicating no practice at home.

F: (<15 pts) Student is not prepared for class.* Student makes no attempt to participate in the class lessons or play their instrument.  Student is not making significant progress on the instrument. 

*Note: On time and prepared is defined as: (1) Student is sitting in their seat with their instrument, (2) with their own pencil and all their own music on the stand in front of them,(3) ready to start warm-ups when Mr. Peske steps onto the podium.  If a student forgets their instrument during the week, that would lower the weekly grade one letter (from A to B) each time.  If a student does not have their own pencil or music on the stand, that would lower the weekly grade about half a letter (from A- to B+) each time.