Grading Policy

Grading Policy


Instrumental Lesson Preparation 15%

Ensemble Preparation 15%

Playing Tests (Pathways) 40%

Performances         20%

Practice sheets/graded assignments 10%


Instrumental Lesson Preparation: (weekly grade)

  • Student is on time for class.

  • Student is prepared with instrument, music folder, and a pencil.

  • Student performs lesson material at a high level of proficiency.

  • Student is attentive and exhibits good conduct and a positive attitude.


Ensemble Preparation: (weekly grade)

  • Student is on time for rehearsal.

  • Student is prepared with instrument, music folder, and a pencil.

  • Student is attentive and exhibits good conduct and a positive attitude.

  • Student performs music at a proficient level.


Playing Tests (Pathways):

  • Student is working on Band Karate curriculum.  

  • Students also have options to work on Theory Challenge and History Madness.

  • See Pathways section for more details.


Middle School ONLY:

  • Student will take two video playing tests per year, in the first trimester and the third trimester.  Students are expected to perform their scales, band music, and sight-reading.

  • Seating in band and section leaders will be chosen based on this category.  If two or more students have identical grades, then seat will be determined by overall grade.

  • During the second trimester, all middle school students will be assigned a project to complete.  More info will be provided.


Performances: (grade for each performance)

  • Student will receive a grade for Holiday Concert (Tri 1) and Summer Gathering (Tri 3).

  • Student is on time for performance warm-up.

  • Student has instrument and appropriate materials.

  • Student is attentive and exhibits good conduct and a positive attitude.

  • Student contributes to a good performance.

  • Student’s individual part is performed at a high level of proficiency.  

  • Concerts are mandatory.  If there is an emergency, student can see me for an alternate assignment if the reason for missing event is considered excusable by teacher/administration.


Practice sheets/Graded assignments:

4th, 5th,6th Grade Band ONLY:

  • Student turns in signed practice sheet each week.

  • Practice sheet grades will break down as follows with a minimum of 15 minutes of practice per day:

    • 5 days a week - 100

    • 3-4 days a week - 90

    • 1-2 days a week - 80

    • 0 days - 70

  • Total amount of minutes practiced will also be taken into consideration.


7th/8th Grade Band ONLY:

  • Student submits one thoughtful practice log per month.


All Middle School:

  • Student participates in at least one sectional (preferably two) per trimester during independent reading.  Should be arranged by section leader.

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