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Grading Policies

If you have any questions on our band policies and grading, don't hesitate to contact us:

Leon Sieve: leon.sieve@district196.org 
Ben Harloff: ben.harloff@district196.org
Bojan Hoover: bojan.hoover@district196.org
Phone: RHS Band Office: (651)423-7541

 

Rosemount HS Band Grading Policy

Subject to change - See specific Band Class Syllabus for Grade details

Grading Element ......................................% of Trimester Grade

Lessons...........................................................50%

All Band members are expected to participate in four lessons per Trimester. Each lesson is assessed/graded based on the quality of the student's performance in that lesson, which is a direct result of adequate and quality preparation/practice at home. Regular and correct practice (as taught in the band lessons) is the "homework" for successful band lessons that earn good grades! Band lessons are equivalent to "weekly quizzes" that occur in all other academic classes. At RHS, we do not require a "set amount" of practice time each day, and there are no "practice cards" to complete. However, we highly encourage daily practice! A student will improve their musical abilities significantly more by practicing a little each day instead of practicing for a longer period of time once or twice a week. Much of practicing involves the building up of muscle memory and if we leave that training for even a few days the muscles will "forget" what they learned. As a result, music practice cannot be "crammed" like a person might do for a test. Success in music can only be achieved through the repetitions that a daily practice routine brings!! Regular consistent practice insures musical growth, successful lessons and a good grade in Band!

QUALITY REGULAR PRACTICE = QUALITY LESSONS = QUALITY GRADE IN BAND!!!

Daily Participation..............................................25%

Attends class on time, with instrument & music, actively participating, no deductions for inappropriate behavior or tardiness.

Required Performances.........................................15%

Participation in all required Concerts, and includes attendance/participation at three (3) Pep Band events during Trimester-2.

Special Projects/SmartMusic......................................................10%

Tests, quizzes and/or Auditions. Scale auditions (required of all Band members) will occur near the end of Trimester 1, and will serve as the final exam and chair placement in each section.

% of Trimester Grade Total .................................................. 100%

GRADING SCALE:

A 90% - of total possible 
A- 86% - of total possible 
B+ 82% - of total possible 
B 80% - of total possible 
B- 76% - of total possible 
C+ 72% - of total possible 
C 70% - of total possible 
C- 66% - of total possible 
D+ 62% - of total possible 
D 60% - of total possible 
D- 50% - of total possible 
F Below 50% - of total possible