Grand Meadow ISD 495‚Äč

710 4th Ave NE  PO Box 68  Grand Meadow, MN 55936  Phone: 507-754-5318  Fax: 507-754-5608


Elementary Band

This week in the Elementary bands we will working on putting together larger sections of the songs
5th- Popcorn Prelude
6th- Dragon Slayer

Students need to learn notes and fingering while practicing at home or in lessons. Class time is for playing as a band. If students do not know their parts at this point they are letting their classmates down.


Grand Meadow Elementary Band Course Syllabus 2017-2018

Phone:  507-754-5318 Ext. 7718


Course Title: Elementary Band

Class Location: Band/Choir Room

Time:  7th hour 2:07-3:05

Course description:  A concert band comprised of students in the fifth and sixth grade students in band.  This class will be during 7th hours on different days. The course consists of two parts, group rehearsal and section lessons.  As part of the course every student will have to attend a lesson each week. These lessons will be used to assess individual student performance levels, track individual improvement and provide small group  time to answer any questions or address any performance issues a student maybe be having.

Instructional format:  Performance Ensemble

Classroom expectations:

Students should be respectful of others by not talking or playing their instrument when a teacher is speaking or when a fellow student is asking a question or giving an answer. Other expectations are,

  • Be on time and bring the appropriate materials
  • Participate to the best of your ability
  • Be respectful to teacher and fellow students as well as all instruments and property in the band room. If it is not yours, do not touch it.
  • Absolutely no food or drink during rehearsals or lessons. Water is the only exception
  • No cell phones, unless instructed otherwise.
  • All instruments and music should be stored properly when not in use.


Goals of course:  Students will develop their musical knowledge and performance skills over the course of the year.  This includes tone quality, intonation, technical skills, note reading, ability to balance and blend in an ensemble, and the ability to make their own musical decisions.

Objectives: Students will continue to build upon their skills in note and rhythmic reading, technique, musicality, and ensemble and individual performance.

Materials: instrument, music, pencil, accessories that apply to instrument (extra reeds, valve oil, slide grease, stick bag, instrument cleaning materials.

The initial cost of necessary accessories will be covered by the school. Once these have been used you are responsible to provide any more that may be needed. Reeds, valve oil, slide grease, drum sticks, mallets and any other products. If a book is lost it will need to be replaced at your expense.

Grading Procedures:  Band students will be assessed in three areas comprised of the following: Daily rehearsals-30%, Lessons-30%, Practice Cards-20%, and Performances– 20%. For a complete description these evaluated areas, please reference the attached sheet.

Study Skills needed:  Students will need to find a quiet room free of distractions to practice their instrument on a daily basis.  During this practice session, students should be focusing on areas of their music that they find difficult, isolate these areas and work to improve them.  Students are recommended to have a music stand at home to help with good posture and playing position. Some general practice tips are to count and clap rhythms before playing, then sing and finger the notes.  This will help students to figure out the music before they play it.  If the students ever need extra help, they may stop in before or after school

Practice: Students should practice at least 10 minutes five days a week on parts of their music that are challenging, and any extra lesson materials assigned. If students are able to play their music they will be more successful and have more fun in their musical experiences.

Cell Phones: All students need to place cell phones in box before class or keep them in their lockers. If I see a cell phone, I will take it away and the student will not get it back until the end of the school day.

IPads: Ipads are supposed to be used for educational purposes only and will rarely be used in rehearsal. If a student is caught playing games, surfing the internet, or anything else that is NOT directly related to this class, their IPad privileges may be taken away.


-------------------------------------Please detach and return signed---------------------------------------

My student, ___________________________ and I have read and understand the syllabus, rules,                                   (Student Printed name)  

and consequences to which my student will be held accountable for. I also understand that my student is in control of their grade.

______________________________           _____________

Parent/Guardian’s Signature                                       Date

Please return by, Wednesday September 13th, 2017 to receive full points.


Grand Meadow Elementary Band Grading Policy

Assessment and Evaluation

  • Lessons – 30% of assessment

               See below

  • Daily rehearsals – 30% assessment

Students receive 100% at the beginning of each quarter. Students can easily maintain this percentage by coming to class on time with their instrument, pencil, music, as well as demonstrating respectful behavior. Points will be deducted for not having an instrument or music, not preparing music prior to rehearsal, and not following classroom rules and procedures during class or performance.

  • Practice Cards-20%

Students will not be graded on the amount of practice on the card. They will be given 20 points for each practice card turned in. These cards need a parent signature.

  • Performances – 20% of assessment

Students are expected to attend all concerts with their instrument, music and proper attire.  Band is a performance class and, as such, students will be required to perform in concerts at the appropriate times. All performances will be announced well in advance in writing.


Attendance at all concerts and rehearsals of the ensemble is required of each and every member.



Students will be evaluated in each band lesson held.  Students must attend a lesson every other week each quarter. Make up lessons can easily be scheduled by appointment with Mr. Christian during the last two weeks of the quarter.

They will be assessed in the following manner:

Proficient: The lesson material is well-prepared and the student arrives with all necessary materials and equipment.

Developing: The lesson material is moderately prepared, and the student arrives with most (but not all) necessary materials and equipment.

Unacceptable: The student attends the lesson prepared to do nothing. A “0” will only be issued if a student misses a lesson with no excuse.


Grading Scale

A            94-100%

A-           90-93%

B+          87-89%

B            84-86%

B-           80-83%

C+          77-79%

C            74-76%

C-           70-73%

D+          67-69%

D            64-66%

D-           60-63%

F             0-59%


Weekly Schedule

5th Grade:







No Band

7th Hour

No Band

7th Hour

7th Hour (E/O week)


6th Grade:






7th Hour

No Band

7th Hour

No Band

7th Hour (E/O week)


Friday Schedule




12/1- 5/Band
12/8- 6/Choir
12/15- 5/Band
12/22- 6/Choir
12/39- Holiday Break, No School


1/5- 5/Band
1/12- 6/Choir
1/19- 5/Band
1/26- Teacher Work Day, No School

2/2- 6/Choir
2/9- 5/Band
2/16- 6/Choir
2/23- 5/Band

3/2- 6/Choir
3/9- 5/Band
3/16- 6/Choir
3/23- 5/Band
3/30- Spring Break, No School

4/6- 6/Choir
4/13- 5/Band
4/20- 6/Choir
4/27- 5/Band

5/4- 6/Choir
5/11- 5/Band
5/18- 6/Choir
5/25- 5/Band