Playing and Written Evaluations:  - Playing evaluations will include in-class individual performances of short sections of music for evaluation. Any student who does not have his/her instrument on test days (except for repairs) will take the test on the next school day. Written tests will include music theory and music history lessons as studied in class.  Evaluations may also be assigned through Google Classroom and to be recorded on the Chromebook. Students will be evaluated weekly in order to ensure that they are practicing at home. Practicing is a crucial part of learning and maintaining proficiency on a musical instrument. Students are required to practice every night in order to better themselves as musicians. Chair order is at the discretion of the director.  

    Daily Class participation  - Class participation includes bringing and maintaining proper equipment such as instrument, reeds, pencil, music, books, etc., and paying attention/ participating in class with correct posture.This includes classroom behavior.

    If a student forgets their instrument, they will write a brief report during class over a topic that the director assigns to obtain credit for class.
    Late Work Policy (per the Student Handbook)


    Teachers will input grades weekly.

    Secondary students will be subject to the following penalties:

    1 day late – 10 point grade reduction

    2 days late – 20 point grade reduction

    3 days late – 30 point grade reduction

    4 or more days late – 0

    Teachers may consider extenuating circumstances and adjust the timelines accordingly.


    Extra Credit Assignment
    Students may have the opportunity to make up a missing grade in band. Students will need to practice for an hour with a band director after school in order to receive full credit for the missing assignment. Any instrument may practice with any band director.  It is the responsibility of the student to set up at time to work with one of us after school. As always, we are available for help.


    Band is a performance-based class. Performances are a celebration of accomplishment when students come together as a group to share the product of their collective work for the audience.  A concert performance is a real time experience of synergy enjoyed by the musicians and audience members.  It happens one time and cannot be repeated.  The major form of evaluation of any program or individual is concert performance. Concerts are graded as the final exam for band and weighted as two test grades. If a student misses a concert for an excused or unexcused absence then an alternate assignment will be given at the discretion of the director. 


     Grading policy is subject to change at the discretion of the band director.


    Students must have their supplies daily for class:
    A. Book/Binder
    B. Pencil
    C. Instrument
    D. Specific instrument supplies (example: valve oil)
    E. Chromebook (when provided by school) 


    1. Students are expected to be on time for class with all materials. (Binder, book, instrument, and a PENCIL).

    2. Students are expected to take their instrument and book home and practice outside of class time.

    3. Students will have playing evaluations both during class or submitted by video on their iPad as determined by the teacher.

    4. Students will have written evaluations on music theory, including staff identification, names of lines and spaces, note and rest value, counting and correct music notation.  Students will also be evaluated on note identification and note fingerings.

    5. Students will have several required performances throughout the year.  These include Fall Concert, Spring Festival/trip and Spring Concert.  Solo and Ensemble Contest will be optional, but encouraged.

    6. Parents are expected to supply their student’s instrument, book and specific instrument supplies.  We will have a rental drive at the beginning of the school year where parents can get instruments.

    7. Students will need to pass off instrument specific skills at the end of the school year as determined by each instrument and teacher.

    8. Students will be given written communication about events outside of the school day.  We email the same communication to parents through Skyward.

    9. Have fun while making music!

    **Students will help with several fundraisers throughout the school year to help the Decatur Band Boosters.  The Booster organization helps fund t-shirts, field trips and any extras throughout the year.  Parents are encouraged to join and support the Boosters.**