I do not assign regular homework for music, but we do have occasional written assignments or tests during class time. First through fifth grade students will have at least one evening performance during the school year. My expectations are that all students attend their performances. I hope to not only see your student participating in that performance, but to see you there watching their talent on stage. If you are going out of town or if your child is sick, please send a note to explain the absence.
Students are given two grades in music. One is for skills (understands and applies music knowledge and skills) and one is for effort (demonstrates cooperative behavior, is self-directed, takes responsibility and show appropriate effort). In each of these categories, students can earn the following:
O=Outstanding (above grade level)
S=Satisfactory (at grade level)
P=Progressing towards grade level
N=Needs to improve
The skills grade is determined through a variety of assessments that come in the form of tests, quizzes, performances/demonstrations of skills and in-class assignments. Students are assessed based on the Washington State Standards for music. The skills grade may fluctuate each trimester for a student because different skills sets are being evaluated. The primary function of assessment in the music classroom is to provide accurate, constructive, and supportive feedback to students about the quality of their growing musicianship and listenership.
Students earn an S for effort when they come to class prepared to learn and create music, try his/her best, solve problems and help classmates. I am looking to see that students are actively participating and not sitting out. This grade should be maintained each trimester.
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