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    Sinagua Middle School

     

    Band, Orchestra & Choir

     

    Handbook: 2018 – 2019

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Directors

    Mr. Randy Colvard &

    Ms. Carrie Colvard

     

     

     

    527-5500

    rcolvard@fusd1.org

    ccolvard@fusd1.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Beginning Band & Strings:

    This is a year-long course open to all 6th grade students, as well as anyone else who has never played an instrument but would like to learn. This class meets every day and is an exciting place to learn a band or string instrument.  The beginning ensembles will perform a variety of music in several different styles.  Furthermore, students will be introduced to music theory.  Self-confidence, fine motor coordination, and cooperation are only a few of the skills that will be focused on in these classes.  By enrolling in these courses, the student is obligated to participate in performances and practice two hours per week.  Students playing wind & string instruments should purchase a metronome/tuner (we recommend the Korg TM50) and a microphone (we recommend the Korg: CM200). The microphone clips to the instrument and then plugs into the tuner.  Having this allows the tuner to pick up a single instrument instead of the being confused by the sounds of all the instruments in the room, thus, allowing the student to use the tuner during class. These can be purchased at Arizona Music Pro.  Students may also purchase these items at Sinagua Middle School.

     

     

    Concert Band:

    This is a year-long course open to those students who have successfully completed 6th grade band or have met with the directors prior to participation.  It is important that students are able to read music (pitch and rhythm).  The Concert Band will perform a variety of music in several different styles.  Furthermore, students will be introduced to music theory.  Self-confidence, fine motor coordination, and cooperation are only a few of the skills that will be focused on in class.  By enrolling in this course, the student is obligated to participate in performances and practice two hours per week.  Students playing a wind instrument should purchase a metronome/tuner (we recommend the Korg TM50) and a microphone (we recommend the Korg: CM200). The microphone clips to the instrument and then plugs into the tuner.  Having this allows the tuner to pick up a single instrument instead of the being confused by the sounds of all the instruments in the room, thus, allowing the student to use the tuner during class. These can be purchased at Arizona Music Pro.  Students may also purchase these items at Sinagua Middle School.

     

     

    Symphonic Band/Advanced Orchestra:

    This is a year-long course open to students who have successfully completed one year in the Concert Band/Orchestra or auditioned and were placed in this ensemble by the directors.   The Symphonic Band/Advanced Orchestra will perform a variety of advanced music in several different styles, and will continue to increase their knowledge of music theory.  Self-confidence, fine motor coordination, and cooperation are only a few of the skills that will be focused on in class.  By enrolling in this course, the student is obligated to participate in performances and practice two hours per week.  Violin and Viola players need to have set of spare strings in their case at all times.  Students playing a wind/string instrument should also purchase a metronome/tuner (we recommend the Korg TM50) and a microphone (we recommend the Korg: CM200). The microphone clips to the instrument and then plugs into the tuner.  Having this allows the tuner to pick up a single instrument instead of the being confused by the sounds of all the instruments in the room, thus, allowing the student to use the tuner during class. These can be purchased at Arizona Music Pro.  Students may also purchase these items at Sinagua Middle School.

     

     

    Beginning Choir:

    This is a year-long course open to all 6th grade students. This class meets every day and is an exciting place to learn a how to sing in a choir.  The beginning choir will perform a variety of music in several different styles.  Furthermore, students will be introduced to music theory.  Self-confidence, fine motor coordination, and cooperation are only a few of the skills that will be focused on in these classes.  By enrolling in this course, the student is obligated to participate in performances and practice two hours per week.  Students also need to have some type of keyboard at home to aid in their practice routine.

     

     

    Advanced Choir:

    This is a year-long course open to students who have successfully completed one year in the Beginning Choir or auditioned and were placed in this ensemble by the director.   The Advanced Choir will perform a variety of advanced music in several different styles, and will continue to increase their knowledge of music theory.  Self-confidence, fine motor coordination, and cooperation are only a few of the skills that will be focused on in class.  By enrolling in this course, the student is obligated to participate in performances and practice two hours per week.  Students also need to have some type of keyboard at home to aid in their practice routine.

     

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    The following are the expectations for all Sinagua Middle School Band, Orchestra and Choir members.  Combined, they make up the student’s grade and are averaged every nine weeks and/or semester.

     

     

    Daily Participation:

    Students must simply behave appropriately in class, be prepared with their instrument and/or equipment, music, pencil, and a good attitude.  If you are missing what is needed to participate in class, TLC will be assigned.

     

     

    Practice Points:

    All students are expected to practice.  Students will receive 20 points per week by practicing 2 hours per week.  Entries on the practice record shall not be for more than 20 minutes at a time.  If more than 20 minutes is listed in one sitting, the student will be given 20 minutes’ credit for that entry.  The point being, we want students to focus for 20 minutes, take a break then come back to their practice.  Practice records are available in the rehearsal rooms or online and will state the amount of time practiced each day, the date, and must be signed by a parent or guardian.  Usually 20 minutes a day is a good average.  Partial credit will be given for practice records of less than 2 hours, so it is always beneficial to turn them in on time.  Practice records are due on Mondays and can only be turned in one at a time (ex: students can’t forget and then turn in 9 practice records at the end of the quarter).  It is best to keep the practice record in your case and fill it out every time you practice.  It is a reasonable expectation that students turn in a piece of paper on time.  Practice records will not be accepted if they are turned in late.  If you are absent on the day they are due, the student must turn the practice record in the first day they return to class.  The practice record is the homework portion of the class and as such students who do not turn them in on time will be assigned TLC.

     

     

    Concerts/Performances:

    ALL CONCERTS/PERFORMANCES ARE MANDATORY.  It is simply impossible to operate a successful performance group when members are not present at the performances.  Most performance dates are given within the first few days of school.  Please mark your calendar and plan accordingly.  In cases of family emergencies, or severe illness, opportunities will be given to make up points.  Absences due to forgetfulness, lack of ride, birthdays, babysitting jobs, sports, or other situations that can be planned around will not be excused.  An ensembles success depends on everyone’s responsibility.  Each performance is worth 100 points (60 pts. for performing, 30 pts. for listening to others perform, and 10 pts for dressing appropriately.)

     

     

    Quizzes:

    Quizzes may occur over music in the folder.  Quizzes are graded on a pass/fail basis.  A student who fails a playing quiz has until the date of the upcoming concert to make that quiz up. 

     

     

    NOTE: As Sinagua Middle School moves to “Standard Based Grading” there will need to be some adjustments made to the grading mentioned above.  Mr. & Ms. Colvard will discuss the details of grading within the first few weeks of school and sent home an update when grading procedures have been finalized.

     

     

    Percussionists:

    ALL percussionists must purchase the following items: 1) medium hard yarn (yellow) xylophone mallets, 2) hard rubber bell mallets (no metal), 3) concert snare drum sticks, 4) medium hard timpani mallets, 5) triangle beater, 6) pitch pipe, and 7) stick bag.  Most of these items are grouped together and may be purchased at Arizona Music Pro as a complete package.  The pitch pipe is generally not included as is purchased separately.

     

     

    Renting School Owned Instruments:

    The following paragraph is the agreement printed on the rental form.  The cost of renting a school owned instrument is $80.00 for the school year. This fee also applies to percussionists as a use fee.  The rental form will be sent home to parents and payment, or arrangements for payment, needs to be made within one week of receiving the rental form:

     

     

    “In renting this school owned instrument we understand that we are responsible for damage or loss of the instrument and that we will be responsible for all repairs.  We understand that the rental agreement is for the whole year and that no refunds are available if the student does not complete the year in the instrumental class.  We agree that the instrument is to be checked, tuned up and/or repaired by a certified instrument repair vendor at our cost before it is returned to the school.  We understand that the instrument is to be turned in at the end of the school year unless arrangements are made to rent it for the summer.  We understand that this agreement is for one school year only and does not obligate FUSD to continued rental availability.  Summer rentals are due back at the start of each school year.”

     

     

    Concert Dress:

    Concerts are a special occasion!!  The students need to dress accordingly.  Students will wear our Sinagua Middle School Music shirt, black pants (no-sagging), black socks, and black closed toe shoes.

     

     

     

     

     

    Extra Credit:

    Extra credit is only allowed for students who had a legitimate absence (i.e. death in the family, or other serious event) from the performance.  It will not be used to make up points for missing practice records, lack of participation, or in any way used as an excuse for not doing what you were asked to do the first time.

                For those few who will need extra credit, it will be given for attendance of performances that occur after the performance you missed and outside the SMS Band, Orchestra, Choir program.  These need to be performances of concert or chamber music by musicians of an equal or higher level than middle school (attending a younger siblings band, orchestra, choir concert does not count, nor do rock concerts).  Some examples of eligible extra credit concerts would include Flagstaff Community Band, Flagstaff Symphony, Flagstaff Master Chorale, any NAU ensembles and performances of high school bands and jazz ensembles (marching band shows do not count unless you attend the NAU Marching Band Festival and observe a minimum of four bands, which is the equivalent of an hour long concert).  A program of the concert, signed by the director of the ensemble, as well as a one page (typed and double spaced) write-up describing your thoughts must be turned in to the director in a timely manner.  Students will be given 50 points per concert.

     

    We look forward to a terrific year.  Please call us with any questions you may have.  The phone number at Sinagua Middle School is 527-5500.

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                                                                      

    Mr. Randy Colvard        Ms. Carrie Colvard        Ms. Tari Popham           Ms. Rochelle Bronson

     

     

     

     

     

    Calendar of Events  2018 – 2019

     

     

    Tuesday, October 2nd

    Home Concert 6:30 pm. SMS Auditorium. Beginning Choir, Advanced Choir, & Advanced Orchestra.  Students report to the music rooms at 6:00 pm.  No Beginning Band or Beginning Orchestra.

     

     

    Thursday, October 4th

    Home Concert 6:30 pm. SMS Auditorium.  Symphonic Band and Concert Band.  Students report to the music rooms at 6:00 pm.  No Beginning Band or Beginning Orchestra.

     

     

    Wednesday, TBA

    5th Grade Visitation Day.  Performance at 11:00 am.  Advanced Choir, Symphonic Band, Advanced Orchestra.

     

     

    Thursday, December 13th

    Home Concert 6:30 pm. SMS Auditorium.  Beginning Band, Concert Band, & Symphonic Band.  Students report to the music rooms at 6:00 pm.

     

     

    Tuesday, December 18th

    Home Concert 6:30 pm. SMS Auditorium.  Beginning Choir, Advanced Choir, Beginning Orchestra, and Advanced Orchestra.  Students report to the music rooms at 6:00 pm.

     

     

    Tuesday, February 19th

    Recital Night 6:00 pm.  This is an opportunity for those students who are participating in the Solo & Ensemble Festival to perform for family and friends before the event on Saturday.

     

     

    Saturday, February 23rd

    Solo & Ensemble and Region Band, Orchestra & Choir auditions.  This will be held at Prescott Mile High Middle School.  Each student participating will have an individual performance and audition time.  S&E is a performance in front of a clinician for which the student will receive a rating.  Region Auditions is an audition for the Honor Choir/Band/Orchestra.  If the student is accepted into the Choir/Band/Orchestra, he/she would get to go on the overnight trip in May and Perform in the Honor Festival Performance.  The cost is $15 per event and checks are payable to SMS Music.  This is an extra-curricular activity and is encouraged but not required. (DL ?????????????)

     

     

    Monday, March 4th

    Home Concert 6:30 pm. SMS Auditorium.  Beginning Band, Concert Band, & Symphonic Band.  Students report to the music rooms at 6:00 pm.

     

     

    Tuesday, March 5th

    Home Concert 6:30 pm. SMS Auditorium. Beginning Choir, Advanced Choir, Beginning Orchestra, and Advanced Orchestra.  Students report to the music rooms at 6:00 pm.

     

     

    Thursday, March 7th

    Band Festival, Phoenix – All Day (DL: 12/1)

    Symphonic Band only

     

     

    Thursday, March 7th

    Orchestra Festival, Phoenix – All Day (DL: 12/1)

    Advanced Orchestra only

     

     

    Saturday, March 30th

    Choral Festival, Phoenix – All Day (DL: ???)

    Advanced Choir only

     

     

    Friday/Saturday, May 3rd & 4th

    Northwest Arizona Honor Band, Orchestra and Choir Festival.  Only those students who auditioned and were accepted to this group will attend.  (Location: Page) (DL:?????????????)

     

     

    Monday, May 6th

    Home Concert 6:30 pm. SMS Auditorium.  Beginning Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band.  Students report to the music rooms at 6:00 pm.

     

     

    Tuesday, May 7th

    Home Concert 6:30 pm. SMS Auditorium.  Beginning Orchestra, Advanced Orchestra, Beginning Choir.  Students report to the music rooms at 6:00 pm.

     

     

    Tuesday, May 14th

    Combined Concert with Coconino High School Choir. Advanced Choir only. Students report to the Coconino Choir Room at 6:00 pm.

     

     

    Thursday, May 23th

    SMS Awards Assembly: Advanced Orchestra only.

     

     

    Friday, May 24th

    SMS 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony: Advanced Choir only

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     

     

    Receipt of Handbook

     

     

     

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    Please have all adults who will be signing your child’s “Practice Record” sign above.   The signatures serve as confirmation that you received the handbook as well as a way to check authenticity of signatures on “Practice Records throughout the year.