Rehearsals during the school day are as follows:
Mondays - 6th Grade BAND
Tuesdays - 7th Grade BAND / 8th Grade CHORUS
Wednesdays - 8th Grade BAND / 7th Grade CHORUS
Thursdays - 7/8 ORCHESTRA / 6th Grade CHORUS
Fridays - 6th Grade ORCHESTRA
All instrumental groups report immediately to the band room
at 7:50. Do not go to your advisory first!
Choruses will meet at 8:00 after checking in at T & D
**Instrumental and Vocal lessons take place during the school day**
ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL POLICY:
Membership in the bands, orchestra and choruses requires attendance at all scheduled rehearsals during the day, and all members will be given a grade for participation in these "electives" (and the corresponding lessons) as per district policy (see below grading policy).
Since rehearsals take place during the advisory (T & D) period, there is rarely a reason for missing, and all absences must be approved by the director in advance. If a student chooses to miss a rehearsal for another activity, he/she will receive a grade of zero for that particular rehearsal. Several absences during the marking period could jeopardize the grade and result in dismissal from the group.
It is important that all members attend all rehearsals, as time is very limited and each ensemble relies on the entire group in order to meet its fullest potential. Therefore, it is important to make every attempt to attend, or notify your director of any conflicts.
VOCAL & INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS:
As a member of these performing groups, you will also be required to attend regularly scheduled lessons once a week (or every 8 days for vocal workshop). These lessons/workshops are the only way to advance as a musician and work on individual issues and improvement. Your "music elective" grade will be based on ensemble rehearsal attendance and lesson attendance/preparation.
Because you will be attending instrumental lessons during academic instruction time, we realize that certain conflicts may arise from time to time that prohibit you from attending: Tests/Quizes, Science Experiments, Presentations or Group Projects, Special Guest Speaker. If this occurs, you MUST notify the teacher in advance so that alternate arrangements can be made. However, if you miss a lesson without notification you will receive a grade of zero for that lesson. Your music teacher will make every attempt to accommodate you, but we all have to work together to make these programs successful.
ENSEMBLE/LESSONS GRADING POLICY:
As per the Cherry Hill Schools music program curriculum policy, all students enrolled in the instrumental and/or vocal music program will receive a grade for participation in the performance elective of their choice. Grades will be based on each student meeting the following criteria:
1. Attendance at every rehearsal
2. Attend regularly scheduled weekly lessons
3. Must attend the Winter and Spring Concerts (required) **
4. When a conflict arises which interferes with the regularly scheduled lesson (see above vocal/instrumental lessons), students must contact the director and make arrangements to make up that lesson
5. Take and pass periodic performance and/or written tests (always with advanced notice)
6. Prepare all music for lessons and performance
** If a situation arises in which a student is unable to attend a concert after all other options have been exhausted, that student must present the director with a written note from his/her guardian. In order to make up the grade for that performance, a 2-page report will be required within 2 weeks of the concert, the topic will be assigned by the director.
As with all subject areas, grading the students is not meant to penalize them, but rather to track their progress and acknowledge the hard work and effort involved in participating in a performance organization.
Any questions, please feel free to contact us.