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Music Department Handbook

2010-2011 This Handbook Belongs to_________________________


CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S -August 2010 Dear CVMS Music Students and Parents, Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year. The year ahead holds many exciting events, including concerts, festivals, and for many students honor band/choir. This year will not only be about the performances, but also about gaining musical knowledge to further your musical career through high school and college. I want to remind all students that you are part of a very unique and special team at CVMS, and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you. With hard work and determination, together, we can make this a very successful year!

Sarah Holland Music Director sholland@dcsd.k12.nv.us (775) 782-2265 ex 50

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Rules/Policies:  Come to class prepared and ready to learn, this includes having your instrument, music, pencil, and any other required materials.  For all students (specifically band) you will have exactly 2 minutes from when the bell rings to get your instrument, music, etc. and be in your seat ready to play/sing or you will be marked tardy. o You will need the director’s permission to leave your seat for any reason.  Class participation is required, unless you have a doctors excuse stating otherwise  There will be absolutely NO food or drinks allowed in the classroom (closed see through water bottles ok).  Use self control at all times  Be respectful to others and all equipment in the classroom o If it does not belong to you, DO NOT touch it.  Hall passes will be given at the director’s discretion.  Bathroom pass: Each student will receive 4 passes per semester. Unused passes may be turned in for extra credit at the end of the semester. (5 points per pass)  Director’s office, music stand, and white board are off limits.  Practice rooms, locker room, and sink privileges are allowed only with director permission.  All performances and rehearsals are mandatory!  You will not be allowed to travel for any of the following reasons: OSS, Detention, N or U (from Mrs. Holland), or ineligibility.  Give 100% every day!  YOU MUST HAVE A UNIFORM TO PERFORM. You will not be able to perform if you do not have the proper uniform on!  Once you have chosen your instrument you may NOT switch instruments for the remainder of the year.  Percussion players are chosen by audition only. 5 maximum per band.  All School Rules and Classroom rules apply.

Attendance:  Attendance is pertinent to any performance group, so you will need to be there every day in order to be eligible to perform in festivals and concerts. (Excused absences that abide by school rules will not affect your chances of performing).  If you are not in your seat ready to play/sing 2 minutes after the bell rings you will by marked tardy, which will result in a lowered participation grade. (Also see CVMS Handbook for schools attendance policy)

Calendar:

(Mandatory Events)

 Winter Concert (Dec. TBA ~ All Groups)  News Channel 2 Food Drive (Dec TBA ~ Adv. Band)  “Band-tastic” and rehearsal (March ~ Both Bands)  Elementary School Tour (Advanced Groups)  NZNMEA Band Festival (April)  NZNMEA Choir Festival (April)  CVMS Spring Concert (May TBA ~ All Groups)  DHS Spring Choir & Band Concerts (and rehearsal) (Adv. Groups)


Calendar: (Highly Encouraged)  Honor Band (TBA)  Honor Choir (TBA)  All State Choir/Band (TBA-eligible students only)  Music in the Parks trip (TBA (For eligible groups only))

Required Materials:  Instruments (reeds, drum sticks, slide grease, valve oil, etc.) o Percussion is required to buy a mallet kit  Music and Music Folder (provided by the director)  Several pencils with extra erasers (Absolutely NO pens)  If you choose to use a school locker you will be provided one school sanctioned lock (no personal locks).  CVMS Music Dept. Shirt (must be purchased through the music dept)  Uniform (All groups must purchase a CVMS Music Dept. Shirt) o Band  Uniform provided  Must wear clothes underneath  White socks  White Shoes (to be purchased through the music dept) o Choir  Uniform provided  Must wear black closed toed shoes  You will NOT be able to perform with out this!! * Please see me if there is a problem getting the uniform accessories.*

Grading:

 Class Attendance: o 20 points possible per week  5 points per day  -5 points excused absence (can be made up)  -10 points unexcused absence  -3 points for tardiness  -5 points for behavior issues/not being prepared  100 points for each: o Performance (excused absence (see excuse form) will have an opportunity to earn up to 75% or 0 for unexcused absence) o

Rehearsal (excused absence (see excuse form) will have an opportunity to earn up to 75% or 0 for unexcused absence) 

See make-up assignment for missed performance/rehearsal.

 50 points for each: o Tests (you will have as many days as you were absent plus one to make up, after that it will be marked as a 0) o Projects (both group and individual)  Homework assignments 10 points each


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL TO:

-- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S -All Music Dept. Members

FROM:

S. Holland

RE:

Make-up assignment for missing a performance/rehearsal

DATE DUE: ……………………………………………………………………………………………… You will be given a chance to earn up to 100 % (excused) or up to 75% (unexcused) for missing a rehearsal/performance by doing the all of the following: 1. Select a composer from the following list: a. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart b. Ludwig van Beethoven c. Joseph Haydn d. Johann Christian Bach e. Gioacchino Rossini f. Franz Schubert g. Johannes Brahms h. Giacomo Puccini i. Johann Strauss j. Hector Berlioz k. John Philip Sousa 2. Write a 5-7 pg paper (double spaced, 12 point font, times new roman, one inch margins). You must cite and attach a bibliography of at least 3 creditable sources (Wikipedia does NOT count)). Due one week after a missed performance / rehearsal. 3. Perform one song composed by the composer for the class by the missed rehearsal/performance date or director’s discretion. Due two weeks after a missed performance / rehearsal. 4. Create a poster of the composer including a minimum of 5 pictures, 10 significant dates of their lives, 5 songs, and 3 colors. Due one week after a missed performance / rehearsal. 5. Rhythm test using the computer in the back office. You may have up to one week to practice. The test must be taken no later than one week after the missed perf. / reh. Attach this form to each assignment that will be turned in. Please contact me with any questions on assignments. Each part of the assignment will be worth up to 25%


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Parent’s or Guardian’s Consent for Field Trips Recognizing that class field trips are a proper part of the school and music program. I hereby consent to your taking: Student’s Name: ________________________________________________________________ on field trips during the school year, and I hereby expressly relieve, indemnify, save and hold harmless the Douglas County School District, the Board of Trustees of the district, and all agents or employees thereof from injury or damage to person or property or both caused by or resulting from said child’s acts, omissions or conduct while on said trips. I also release and relieve the aforementioned district and personnel from any and all liability or claims arising from injury or damage suffered or incurred by said child as a result of the acts, omissions, or conduct of any person, other than the negligence of said district or personnel. It is further understood that I shall have the responsibility of advising said child of the risks, which are known or should be known, of such trips. I further agree to assume the responsibility of seeing that my child cooperates and conforms to the fullest extent with the school directions and instructions of the school officials in charge. Parent’s or Guardian’s signature ____________________________________________________

Date _______________________ Received By: _________________________________________


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

School Instrument Rental Agreement

I understand that I am borrowing school instrument: #___________________

Instrument ____________________________________________________

I also understand that if I break it I will be responsible to get it repaired. If I lose it, I will be responsible to replace it.

Student’s Signature ______________________________________ Date ____________

Parent’s Signature _______________________________________ Date ____________

Band Director’s Signature _________________________________ Date ____________ Description and condition of instrument:


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Transportation Release Form

EVENT _________________________ LOCATION ____________________________

Please allow _____________________________________________________________ (PLEASE PRINT)

to leave with ______________________ Relationship* ___________________________ (PLEASE PRINT)

(PLEASE PRINT)

Home Phone _______________________Cell Phone_____________________________ 

*Must be with parents or legal guardian… in the case of another family member (aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc) a note must be given to the director from the legal guardian or parent to authorize such relative to take the student.

In lieu of using DCSD transportation… I hereby assume all responsibilities regarding this student’s safety holding the DCSD, employees, and chaperones harmless. I will also take full responsibility for (including but not limited to): costume, uniform, instrument, equipment, music, etc.

Signature _____________________________________ Date ______________________

Accepted By ___________________________________ Date___________________


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Music Contract  I will attend all performances and rehearsals. Excused absences will have an opportunity to earn up to 100%. Unexcused absences will be entered as a 0% and will also result in one letter grade lower than the final percentage grade for the semester. Unexcused absences due to the result of ineligibility will only be recorded as a 0%. Percentage grades for performances and rehearsals will be determined by various factors (behavior, quality of performance, uniform appearance, etc.).  Class attendance is of utmost importance… Ten (10) absences will result in an automatic “NG” for the semester. Poor attendance will also affect your ability to attend any and all trips.  The band/choir comes first and foremost. I will always give 100% effort!  I will make sure that I have all the parts of my uniform (shirt, socks, shoes, etc.).  Use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, weapons, sexual misconduct, breaking rules or school rules may be cause for removal from band/choir with an “F” for the semester.  I will be on time for class, rehearsals, and performances. On-time means being ready to go when the class, performance call, or rehearsal starts.  Talking / obnoxious behavior will lower my conduct grade and my semester grade.  Since it is a privilege to travel with the band/choir, I MUST have an “S” or better in conduct for this class!  I am encouraged to audition for Honor band/choir, Allstate band/choir (Freshmen Band members must participate in DHS marching band in order to be eligible for Honor/Allstate Band) and to perform at the Solo & Ensemble Festivals (this will help to improve your grade).  I have read and agree to abide by the Music Department Handbook & the CVMS Handbook. I have read the above statements and have agreed to accept them. Failure to follow any of the above statements will lead to a lower grade & may have you removed from the Band/Choir.

Band/Choir Member Signature________________________________ Date _________

Parent / Guardian Signature __________________________________ Date _________ Director’s Signature ________________________________________ Date _________


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S —

Percussion Agreement 1. Timpani pedals must have the heel down when they are done being used. 2. All mallets must be returned to the proper drawer in the percussion cabinet when they are finished being used. 3. All instruments that have covers must have the covers placed on the instrument when finished. 4. All “toys” must be returned to the percussion cabinet when they are finished being used. 5. The section leader must lock the cabinet when rehearsal is over. 6. Damage to any equipment (mallets, instruments, carriers, heads, etc.) that is the fault of the player due to negligence or abuse will be repaired by the person who caused the damage. This cost will be the retail cost of the equipment. (The director will determine negligence or abuse.) 7. The director may amend these rules at any time. If they are amended, a copy will be given to you to sign. I agree to follow the above rules. By not following these rules, I realize that my semester grade may be lowered.

Percussionist _______________________________________ Date _______________

Parent ____________________________________________ Date ________________

Director __________________________________________ Date ________________


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S -Band / Choral Performance* Excused Absence Request Form (Amended 5/2010).

Name ___________________________________________________ Today’s Date _____________

Date of Performance __________ Description of Performance* _______________________________

Group: (Please Circle)

Band

Jazz Band

Madrigals

Choir

Flags

Reason for request (work shall not be excused and will not be able to be made up under any circumstance) ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________  This form must be accompanied by a written note from your parents or legal guardians (use the back of this form or attach the note). You must also receive the “make-up” sheet when turning this form in. 

This form must be given to the director NO LATER THAN 48 HOURS (2 DAYS) prior to the performance* (except as noted below)

For extreme emergencies (death, severe illness, etc.), this form must be turned-in (with a written note) no later than 2 days (48 hours) upon the return of the student.

In order for an excuse to be approved, a mandatory alternative assignment (Given by the director) MUST be completed within one week of the missed performance/rehearsal. (This excuse may be denied by the director even if an alternative assignment is completed.) YOU MAY EARN UP TO 75%FOR AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE AND UP TO 100% FOR AN EXCUSED ABSENCE. You must complete the Alternative assignment with-in one week of the absence on order to receive any credit

 * This form is also to be used for mandatory rehearsals  The director’s and administrator’s decision as to the validity of this excuse shall be final. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Director’s decision

Initials ____________

EXCUSED / Unexcused / Denied Reason on back

Administrator’s decision Initials ____________ (only if unexcused or denied by the director)

EXCUSED / Unexcused / Denied Reason on back


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Dear Choir Member and Parents, The music that is handed out in this class is original scores and should be treated like a text book for my class. In order to keep the music in the best condition possible this year, you will not be permitted to take the music home. At the end of the semester if the music you turn in is torn, wrinkled, bent, or permanently marked up by pen, you will be charged the following amounts: Damage

Replacement Cost

Torn Missing completely Pen marks Wrinkled/Bent Missing/Ripped Folder

$5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $2.00 $15.00

We need to take care of our music now so that we will have music to sing in the future. Sincerely,

Sarah Holland Music Director sholland@dcsd.k12.nv.us ……………………………………………………………………………………………… I have read and understand the above. __________________________________________________ Student Signature

Date:_____________

__________________________________________________ Parent Signature

Date:_____________


CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Dear Band/Choir Member and Parents, As a Music Dept. we provide you with a uniform to wear during performances. There are just a few rules regarding these uniforms in order to keep them in the best shape possible. The students will not be permitted to eat or drink in their uniforms. If your child does not take care of their uniform then it will be their responsibility to get it dry cleaned, which will be a total of $50.00. Our Music Booster Organization will only be getting them dry cleaned once a year, so it is very important that we take care of the uniforms.

Sincerely,

Sarah Holland Music Director sholland@dcsd.k12.nv.us ……………………………………………………………………………………………… I have read and understand the above __________________________________________________ Student Signature

Date:_____________

__________________________________________________ Printed Student Name

Date:_____________

__________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature

Date:_____________

__________________________________________________ Printed Parent/Guardian Name

Date:_____________


CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Music Contract  I will attend all performances and rehearsals. Excused absences will have an opportunity to earn up to 100%. Unexcused absences will be entered as a 0% and will also result in one letter grade lower than the final percentage grade for the semester. Unexcused absences due to the result of ineligibility will only be recorded as a 0%. Percentage grades for performances and rehearsals will be determined by various factors (behavior, quality of performance, uniform appearance, etc.).  Class attendance is of utmost importance… Ten (10) absences will result in an automatic “NG” for the semester. Poor attendance will also affect your ability to attend any and all trips.  The band/choir comes first and foremost. I will always give 100% effort!  I will make sure that I have all the parts of my uniform (shirt, socks, shoes, etc.).  Use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, weapons, sexual misconduct, breaking rules or school rules may be cause for removal from band/choir with an “F” for the semester.  I will be on time for class, rehearsals, and performances. On-time means being ready to go when the class, performance call, or rehearsal starts.  Talking / obnoxious behavior will lower my conduct grade and my semester grade.  Since it is a privilege to travel with the band/choir, I MUST have an “S” or better in conduct for this class!  I am encouraged to audition for Honor band/choir, Allstate band/choir (Freshmen Band members must participate in DHS marching band in order to be eligible for Honor/Allstate Band) and to perform at the Solo & Ensemble Festivals (this will help to improve your grade).  I have read and agree to abide by the Music Department Handbook & the CVMS Handbook. I have read the above statements and have agreed to accept them. Failure to follow any of the above statements will lead to a lower grade & may have you removed from the Band/Choir.

Band/Choir Member Signature________________________________ Date _________

Parent / Guardian Signature __________________________________ Date _________ Director’s Signature ________________________________________ Date _________


CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S —

Percussion Agreement 1. Timpani pedals must have the heel down when they are done being used. 2. All mallets must be returned to the proper drawer in the percussion cabinet when they are finished being used. 3. All instruments that have covers must have the covers placed on the instrument when finished. 4. All “toys� must be returned to the percussion cabinet when they are finished being used. 5. The section leader must lock the cabinet when rehearsal is over. 6. Damage to any equipment (mallets, instruments, carriers, heads, etc.) that is the fault of the player due to negligence or abuse will be repaired by the person who caused the damage. This cost will be the retail cost of the equipment. (The director will determine negligence or abuse.) 7. The director may amend these rules at any time. If they are amended, a copy will be given to you to sign. I agree to follow the above rules. By not following these rules, I realize that my semester grade may be lowered.

Percussionist _______________________________________ Date _______________

Parent ____________________________________________ Date ________________

Director __________________________________________ Date ________________


CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Dear Choir Member and Parents, The music that is handed out in this class is original scores and should be treated like a text book for my class. In order to keep the music in the best condition possible this year, you will not be permitted to take the music home. At the end of the semester if the music you turn in is torn, wrinkled, bent, or permanently marked up by pen, you will be charged the following amounts: Damage

Replacement Cost

Torn Missing completely Pen marks Wrinkled/Bent Missing/Ripped Folder

$5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $2.00 $15.00

We need to take care of our music now so that we will have music to sing in the future. Sincerely,

Sarah Holland Music Director sholland@dcsd.k12.nv.us ……………………………………………………………………………………………… I have read and understand the above. Please return to Mrs. Holland by Aug. 27, 2010 __________________________________________________ Student Signature

Date:_____________

__________________________________________________ Parent Signature

Date:_____________


CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Order Form Student’s Name: ______________________________________

Size/Quantity Item CVMS Music Dept. Shirt (mandatory for all groups)

(Adult Sizes) S

M

L

XL

Price Each

Total

$8.00 (by 9/4/10) or $10.00 (after 9/6/10)

Order Preferences (Band Only):

   

Order exact shoe size Order 1/2 size bigger Order 1 sizes bigger Order 2 sizes bigger

Amount Due: $25.00 (by 9/3/10)

or

$35.00 (after 9/6/10) Total Amount Due:

Please make check payable to Carson Valley Middle School.

Director’s Use Only: Date Received: ___________________

Check #: ____________________________ Cash Amount:________________________


CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Order Form

Item Mallet Kit (mandatory)

Includes Snare Sticks $6.78

Timpani Mallets $30.68

Xylophone Mallets $11.98

Mallet Bag $9.98

Price Includes

Total

Shipping and Handling

$8.95

Total Due

Total Paid Please make check payable to Carson Valley Middle School. (Please see me if there is a financial problem and we will work something out.)

Director’s Use Only: Date Received: ___________________

Check #: ____________________________ Cash Amount:________________________

$ 68.37


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Audition Group Contract This is an elite group that you auditioned to be in; therefore in addition to the music contract you must also abide by the following rules. 1. All classroom rules must be followed at all times. 2. I may not receive more than one disciplinary form/packet from Mrs. Holland. 3. I must maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average. 4. I must maintain Satisfactory Citizenship of higher. 5. Disrespect for each other, the teacher, or of the equipment will NOT be tolerated.

If I do not abide by the above rules, it may lead to my removal from this group.

……………………………………………………………………………………………....

Student Name_____________________________________

Date___________

Student Signature__________________________________

Date___________

Parent Name______________________________________

Date___________

Parent Signature___________________________________

Date___________

Director Signature_________________________________

Date___________


CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Audition Group Contract This is an elite group that you auditioned to be in; therefore in addition to the music contract you must also abide by the following rules. 1. All classroom rules must be followed at all times. 2. I may not receive more than one disciplinary form/packet from Mrs. Holland. 3. I must maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average. 4. I must maintain Satisfactory Citizenship of higher. 5. Disrespect for each other, the teacher, or of the equipment will NOT be tolerated.

If I do not abide by the above rules, it may lead to my removal from this group.

……………………………………………………………………………………………....

Student Name_____________________________________

Date___________

Student Signature__________________________________

Date___________

Parent Name______________________________________

Date___________

Parent Signature___________________________________

Date___________

Director Signature_________________________________

Date___________


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CARSON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- H O M E O F T H E T I G E R S --

Dear Band/Choir Member and Parents, As a Music Dept. we provide you with a uniform to wear during performances. There are just a few rules regarding these uniforms in order to keep them in the best shape possible. The students will not be permitted to eat or drink in their uniforms. If your child does not take care of their uniform then it will be their responsibility to get it dry cleaned, which will be a total of $50.00. Our Music Booster Organization will only be getting them dry cleaned once a year, so it is very important that we take care of the uniforms.

Sincerely,

Sarah Holland Music Director sholland@dcsd.k12.nv.us ……………………………………………………………………………………………… I have read and understand the above __________________________________________________ Student Signature

Date:_____________

__________________________________________________ Printed Student Name

Date:_____________

__________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature

Date:_____________

__________________________________________________ Printed Parent/Guardian Name

Date:_____________


CVMS Handbook 2010-2011