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Sixth Grade Band
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WELCOME!
Hi! My name is Mrs. Laing and I teach 6th grade band.
Sixth grade band is offered to any interested sixth grade students as a year-long course. Students learn the fundamentals skills required to play the basic band instruments and have the opportunity to perform in concert at least two times a year. Band meets twice a week as a "like instrument" group where students learn in a more specialized group setting than the typical classroom. Most students join band with the intention of continuing through their senior year of high school. 
 
Required Materials
Students are responsible for obtaining their own instrument, accessories and music book (Essential Elements 2000, Book 1) and for any necessary repairs their instrument may need. All clarinet and saxophone players are required to have a box of Mitchell Lurie size 2.5 reeds.

Practicing
All band students are required to practice at home every day for at least 15-20 minutes, for a total of 90 minutes a week. 
 
Please be supportive of your child's practice routine and ask to listen to him or her play. Regular practice is the only way for students to have a successful band experience. This is our band homework!

Private Lessons
Private lessons are not required, but highly encouraged for all students. Most teachers charge between $10-$20 for a 30 minute lesson once a week. Lessons with a private teacher are the way to be the best you can possibly be at your instrument.

Private teachers expect their students to practice their assignment every week, purchase their own music, and show up on time to each lesson. Many teachers ask for pre-payment for a set of lessons. Sometimes they will give you a free first lesson to see if you think it's a good match for you.

You can contact any Music and Arts location for lessons. Also, I have a link to the staff directory at the bottom of the page for the Ohio State University School of Music. You can contact the professor of your instrument to see if they have a college student who would like to give lessons.

Accessories and Repairs
Students are responsible for purchasing all accessories for their instruments, such as reeds and books. They are also responsible for having an instrument that is in working condition at all times. You can visit the following store for your accessory and repair needs:

Music and Arts
43 N. State St.
Westerville, OH 43081
614-891-9008

or 

5999 E. Main St.
Columbus, OH
614-863-3200

or

4688 Cemetery Rd.
Hilliard, OH
614-876-9004
 
or
visit www.musicarts.com
 
 
Grading
Band students earn a letter grade based upon class performance, playing tests, concert performances, and occasional quizzes. Students are graded on their performance skills every time they have band based upon a ten point rubric.

All band students who have a missing grade due to an absence have the opportunity to make up that grade within 3 days of returning to school. Students who have a missing grade due to forgetting their instrument must make up the grade on the following school day. Any student who does not make up the grade in the given time will earn a zero for the assignment. 
 
Band grades are weighted using the following percentages:
Class Performance: 50%
Playing Tests: 20%
Concerts: 20%
Quizzes: 10%

If you have any further questions about band or a current band student's progress, please contact Mrs. Laing at 614-491-8044 ext. 1618 or email alaing@hlsd.org

Email is the quickest way to get a response.
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Quiz/Test Makeup Policy

All band students who have a missing quiz or test grade due to an absence have the opportunity to make up that grade before school within 3 days of returning to school. Students who have a missing quiz or test grade due to forgetting their instrument must make up the grade on the following school day. Any student who does not make up the grade in the given time will earn a zero for the assignment.

Missing rehearsal assignments due to absences may be made up before school any day until the end of the quarter or turn in the absence assignment within 3 days of returning to school.
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This is the rubric that I use to grade all playing tests.
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