Every student needs to have your own pencil, which will be kept in his or her music folder. To reduce the number of pencils that disappear, please mark your initials on your pencil.
Every student will be given a music folder to hold their music and their pencil. Take care of the folder. Do not write on it or deface it in any way. You will be charged the cost of the folder to replace it if it is damaged.
All of the choir music is property of the Aberdeen School District. Please take care of it. Music is extremely expensive. Do not fold it, mutilate it, write on it in pen, stuff it in your storage slot, walk on it, spill on it, let the wind blow it away, or let your dog eat it. A replacement fee for the current cost of the music, plus shipping and handling will be assessed for every sheet of music lost or damaged.
Your grade is divided into four parts: Participation (1/5), Tests (1/5), Quizzes (1/5), and Performances (2/5).
Participation (1/5): Choir is a participation class. If you don’t participate the choir doesn’t progress and you don’t grow as a musician. In order to provide an atmosphere where all students can learn I have set the following class rules:
- Follow directions the first time they are given.
- No food, drink, candy or gum in class.
- Stay in seats with feet flat on the floor. Don’t lean back in the chairs.
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
- Don’t tease, call names, swear, or fight.
Consequences for breaking these rules are as follows:
- Loss of 5 participation points.
- Loss of 5 participation points, parents notified.
Being tardy to class without a proper excuse and/or not having the needed music in class, will result in a loss of 5 participation points. Tardies can only be excused by the main office or by another teacher.
All students start the quarter with 100 points. All points are deducted from the total. It is your choice to break a rule. Because of this, participation points cannot be made up. If you choose to lose them after a warning, you will not be able to get them back.
Tests (1/5): Tests will be given throughout the quarter. These will be written as well as singing tests. Some will be memorization tests. You will be given two days notice before any test is given. The average score of all tests will be used as your grade. Anytime you are not happy with a score from a test, feel free to arrange a time to retake it.
Assignments & Quizzes (1/5): Quizzes will be given from time to time to test your knowledge of a song or a musical principle being studied. Quizzes may be given at any time. The average of all quizzes will be used as your grade.
Performances (2/5): Performances make up the greatest part of your grade, therefore it is very important that you plan ahead to be there. I realize that emergencies do arise, and at times it may be impossible to be there. If you cannot be to a performance for any reason, your parents must call me at 604-0733 (cell), or 397-4152 ext. 3120 (school) before the performance, if at all possible. Each performance is worth 100 points. An unexcused tardy will subtract 10 points. An unexcused absence will subtract 100 points. An excused absence will remove the performance from the average, with the exception of a formal concert. If you miss a formal concert you will be required to do a make up assignment of my choice. This is usually a research paper on something related to the voice. I do not want anyone absent from a formal concert!
The required dress for the choir is: Girls—nice dresses or skirts and blouses. No pants. Boys—dress slacks with a dress shirt, a semi-conservative tie and dress shoes and socks. Please purchase or obtain these before the day of the concert. Anyone not in proper concert dress will have 40 points subtracted from that concert’s grade.
I hope that this handbook has been straightforward and clear. If you have questions, suggestions or comments, please talk to me. My goal is to have one of the best choirs in Southeastern Idaho, and I know that as we work together we can do it.