Grade 7 Concert Band Generic Report Card Comments
Please remember that your students are given their band mark based on 5 categories; Performing (which includes concerts and skills assessments), Creating (which includes the Breezin' Thru Composition and similar assignments), Responding (which currently includes a response to the Proteus Saxophone Quartet Concert), Collaboration (based on in-class checklists and activities), and Theory and Skills (measured in Breezin' Thru Theory, in-class skills tests and later in the year by recordings). The rubric and outline can be found on the Assessments Page of this website. Details specific to your student are as follows;
- In terms of Concerts, if a student misses one, they will need to find a new way to perform to make sure they demonstrate their development.
- In terms of Breezin' Thru Composition, students have two assignments that should have been submitted by this point in time, each demonstrating the development of their understanding of the form and structure of composed music.
- In terms of Responding, if your student wasn't at school for the Proteus Saxophone Quartet Concert, there are plenty of other concerts that are free within High River that students can attend and still complete the assignment before the next reporting period in a way that the learning can still be applied to our own performances.
- In terms of Breezin' Thru Theory, students should be completed their clef in Chapter 1 and all of Chapter 2 and 3 which helps students to have the basic grammar of the written musical language.
- Coming up in February, students will have their first recorded skills assessments. Students can access the "AudioFile" Resource on this website to submit those recorded skills assessments, and any digital device connected to the Internet can be used to record these assessments.
The Band/Science Trip Changed
The Band/Science Trip was mistakenly scheduled on the day for Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews and the subsequent Friday off. Complete forms will be returned, and new forms for a day trip for Band Students only will be distributed instead.
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Practice At Home
Students should be practicing their instruments regularly at home. A good practice session includes at least a couple minutes doing "8's and 6's", a scale in an interesting rhythm, a section of the Concert Band music assigned to them or a section of music they know we'll be working on next class, and some other song of their choosing. For our students, a proper practice can range from 15-30 minutes, at least twice per week.