Students are graded daily through classroom participation and preparedness. Each student gets 5 points a day (all or nothing) if they bring a pencil, their folder, music, instrument, and all supplies necessary to play.
Quizzes - A portion of grades are issued for playing tests, administered in class.
Written - A portion of grades are issued for written quizzes, tests, examinations, and final examinations.
Concert - the largest part of a band student's grade is performance attendance, which is almost always mandatory.
Grading Procedure for Concerts
Good news - everyone can get an “A”! Every student will start off with 100 points and will keep 100 points if they do the following:
Show up properly dressed, on time, stay the whole time, and have fun.
However, the following grade deductions can be issued in certain circumstances:
Student is wearing one or more unauthorized items without approval (-15 points)
Student does not check in on time without approval (-15 points)
Student does not show entirely (-60 points)
Student exhibits poor or inappropriate behavior either before, during or after the concert (director discretion for deduction)
Excused Absences for Concerts
Sometimes students and parents run into situations in which they cannot participate in a required performance during the school year. The proper procedure for obtaining an excused absence is:
Reviewing the band calendar IMMEDIATELY IN SEPTEMBER and identifying the conflict OR by identifying a conflict as soon as it becomes known.
Informing both Mr. Yaros and the main office of the conflict through email or by phone.
Obtaining a doctor’s note for illnesses
Completing make-up work to achieve credit for the missed event.
Only one concert may be excused to retain credit.
A second concert absence is subject for review, but in most cases will result in an unexcused absence with no retention of points for that particular assignment.
Special Note Regarding Concert Attendance:
Please note that concerts are a mandatory event. Students share a collective responsibility to achieve a successful performance, and when the group is different on a concert night than it is in regular practice, the band will not perform at its best. Often times, students immediately identify the challenges they will face when walking out on stage without one of their peers. It makes them nervous, and the performance ultimately suffers from this unfortunate reduction in personnel. Examples of situations that will result in an “excused absence” from a concert.
A general emergency
A death in the family
A pre-approved situation in which the main office and Mr. Yaros have both been informed at least two weeks in advance.
Everything is evaluated in a case-by-case basis, but usually, the following is true:
Examples that will result in an “unexcused” absence from a concert and loss of credit:
Missing a concert for a sporting event
Missing a concert for a special occasion, such as a celebration
Missing a concert for a family event
Missing the concert for any reason that has not been pre-approved
Unexplained absence in which no one knows where you are
Sickness that occurs after the student has attended school that day
Attempting to attain an excused absence for more than one concert per year
Students will have the opportunity to dress in various styles throughout the year during concerts and required performances. The majority of performances, however, follow a strict code of dress apparel. If the student does not arrive in the requested attire, a 20 point deduction from the concert grade will be applied for the infraction. Mr. Yaros is always happy to help assist the needs of families when looking for appropriate concert attire, but care and thoughtfulness, as well as advanced notice must be given to Mr. Yaros is order to receive this consideration and avoid the infraction deduction on the student's concert grade.
MS Students wear: black dress pants, black dress shoes, and dress socks. A red uniform shirt will be provided the night of, so students should wear a t-shirt that would allow their uniform shirt to go over it and still be comfortable during the concert. There will be safe places to accomplish this provided at the HS.
No dresses or skirts.
No black leggings.
Assistance for students with economic disadvantage should contact Mr. Yaros for ways to get help getting the uniform pieces they need. We have a large surplus of clothing at the school. Students will never be penalized for being unable to get what they need, but they WILL be penalized for their lack of preparation if they don’t address their needs in a timely manner.
HS Students wear: concert uniform. These will be issued on a yearly basis in the fall.
Most of the time, the band room is a "red zone" - no electronic devices are permitted. However, very often we use technology to access programs, apps, and information. Phones and technology are also strongly encouraged during trips, in order to maintain constant contact with family and loved ones in case the band's performance is delayed or something changes.
Food and beverages (with the exception of bottled water) are to be consumed outside of the band room as a general rule. However, if students act in a responsible manner, and they are consistent with Marlette policies and regulations, students may ask permission to eat lunch with Mr. Yaros.
The band room should be an environment of positive energy and a place for collective gathering. Abuse of this policy will result in the student being asked to eat lunch elsewhere.
1. Good Participation
3. Compassion and understanding toward your peers and the instructor
4. Good listening (of both your peers and the instructor)
5. Making good choices
MIS-ALIGNED BEHAVIORS - Consistent or re-occurring instances of:
2. Forgetting required daily materials (music, pencil, homework)
3. Using poor language (derogatory comments toward others, the instructor, or using profanity)
4. Having a negative or demeaning attitude towards a fellow student or the instructor
5. Inappropriate comments, jokes, or behavior (making immature choices)
CONSEQUENCES FOR CHOOSING ALIGNED BEHAVIOR
1. A positive and fun classroom atmosphere; band becomes really fun because time is spent on singing and learning - not spent on behavior re-alignment.
2. The learning speed is much quicker and faster-paced.
3. The real “you” comes out.
4. There are more privileges and more trust between each other.
5. We can win competitions, respect, and attain a sense of pride for our hard work.
6. If music is something you really love, you can develop skills to become a professional and go to college. There are numerous jobs in the field of music! If a music career isn’t something you desire, you will have developed your brain to become more advanced than someone who doesn’t have a music background. (There are many studies relating music education to lifelong success.)
CONSEQUENCES FOR CHOOSING MIS-ALIGNED BEHAVIORS
1. Call home to parents, PBIS meeting with parents, the instructor, and/or the behavioral specialist.
2. The class will develop a negative atmosphere. A sense of “dread” towards coming to class will develop (for both students and the instructor)
3. Less time with fun things, more time with behavior re-alignment
4. The rate of accomplishment will go down.
5. If a solution cannot be reached to re-align behavior, in-school suspension will occur, and in rare cases expulsion from the class will occur.
Initial Extracurricular Requirements for 5th and 6th grade beginning band students:
Expo Concert or Fall Concert Holiday Concert
As you get older, the amount of requirements for band goes up.
Here is a list of required events for 7th-12 graders:
All marching band performances (9-12th grade only)
MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festival
MSBOA Band Festival Fall Concert
Holiday Concert March
Pre-Festival Concert Spring Concert
Here are non-required (but fun) opportunities for 7-8th graders:
Jazz Ensembles – Marlette's premier performing groups. Open by audition only.
Students are responsible for maintaining and caring for their own instrument. Students will not be excused from their playing responsibilities unless their instrument is in a state of disrepair and evidence is presented to Mr. Yaros showing repairs are being made. Students are NOT penalized for being unable to play their instrument with the proper proof presented. A parent email will not suffice, only a store obtained repair slip.
Students that forget their instrument on quiz days automatically receive no points for their quiz, unless they have recorded it and emailed it by 11:59PM the evening before.
Some examples of things students are responsible for:
General care of their instrument The student should make it a daily habit to review their instrument and supplies to ensure their instrument is in working order and that they have enough supplies for the day’s lessons. Forgetting to purchase valve oil or reeds will result in the loss of daily participation credit (5 pts) if the student is unable to play their instrument from lack of these supplies.