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SYLLABUS FOR BEGINNING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

 (GRADES SIX – EIGHT)

SCHOOL YEAR: 2013– 2014

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Borden/ROOM: 010 Alexander Hall

This is a tentative syllabus awaiting approval of the administration.  Oral or written additions, deletions and changes may be made to the syllabus during the school year.  Please note that this syllabus includes but it not limited to the following. 

The plan is to have the students taking stringed instruments to work two days and the wind and percussion students two days and allthe attend physical education on the fifth day of the week. At this point, all will attend PE on Tuesday. On Monday and Thursday I will work with the string players and on Wednesday and Friday I will work with the wind and persucussion players. On days that students are not playing, they are to bring study material to work on. This gives instrumental students two full days of study as well as the PE and music time.

I.                      Prerequisites: The student needs a strong desire to play a musical instrument.

II.                 Course Description: The Beginning Instrumental Music Class is designed to teach the musicians to play a traditional band or orchestra instrument and to perform as a group and in combination with other University School musical groups. One of the primary emphases of this organization is musical excellence.  To achieve this, each student must exhibit hard work, dedication and perseverance.  There will be a high level of intensity in achieving the class goals.

III.               Course Requirements:

A.                Each member must provide his or her own instrument and required music books.

B.                 The class will use a method book that Dr. Borden will identify during the first meeting of class. It is available locally or through the internet.

C.Each student is expected to practice at home as recommended by Dr. Borden as well as to participate during class.

D.                If a student forgets his or her instrument or his or her instrument is unavailable, the student is expected to “air play” during class.

E.                Each student is expected to maintain his or her instrument, music and stand in good working condition.  Each student is responsible to have repairs made to his or her instrument in a timely fashion when necessary.

F                 This organization may, from time to time as necessary, practice before school hours, after school hours or on the weekend in addition to the normal class time.  The group at times will perform during non-school hours as well as during school time.  These concerts and extra rehearsals are part of the requirements for this special ensemble that represents University School.  Each student is expected to participate in all concerts and extra rehearsals.

G.                 Misses due to special circumstances will be excused.  These include a death in the close family, student’s illness, and regularly scheduled religious services.  Sports, school or otherwise, vacations, recreational outings are not excused.  If in doubt please ask Dr. Borden before missing a performance.  If you are too ill or injured to play but can attend the concert; you are expected to do so. An excused miss must be made-up in accordance with the student handbook or the student will receive a zero for that miss. An unexcused miss from a performance or an excused miss from a performance that is not made-up will result in a failing grade for that nine weeks. 

IV.              Grades:  The following are the primary bases for grading.

A.                Class participation (including behavior)

B.                 Performance and extra rehearsal participation

C.                Written work (class, homework, special projects and make-up papers).

D.                Tests: announced and unannounced written, aural, oral, and playing tests.

V.                 Persistence:  University School recommends that each student stick with the program the entire year before giving up on an instrument.  It takes time to learn to play and there are periods of frustration and boredom between the exciting peaks of progress.  Give it time and complete one full level before giving up.

VI.              Parents and instrumental ensemble students will be expected to actively participate in fundraisers for the program.  VII.            Concert Attire:  Students are required to provide their own wardrobe for performances.  Dr. Borden will give details in class. 

VIII.         There are several major performances for this ensemble during the year.  We will announce performance dates as soon as possible.  Here are several but not necessarily all.

A.                Holiday Concert in late November or early December

B.                Spring Concert usually in May

C.                Other concerts as announced.