Creativity and Composition - 10%
Students will complete composition assignments to further their understanding of music theory and creative processes.
Musicianship - 10%
Students will complete assignments that explore musical works performed in the class to further their understanding of performance practice. Assignments will include listening to personal, ensemble, and professional recordings and researching musical works to understand cultural and historical context.
Applied Skills & Technical Development - 50%
Every student will receive graded performance assessments and skills tests throughout the year. These tests are video and/or audio recorded.
Procedures and Practices - 20%
Students are not just learning to perform on their instruments, but they are also learning to conduct themselves in a large ensemble rehearsal. This class will put the student in the role of a professional instrumental musician. As such, you will be asked to show your understanding of rehearsal and performance behavior. Students are observed and assessed on their instrumental performance and rehearsal conduct on a daily basis.
Reflection - 10%
Students will receive oral and/or written reflection assignments over the course of the year. Students will evaluate their performances and performances by other groups in the following categories: tone, technique, intonation, musicality, balance, interpretation, musical effect, and other factors.