2019-20 Syllabus

  • Advanced Band Syllabus

     

    Fall 2021 Magna Vista High School

     

     

    Course Information:

    Instructor: Mr. Kevin D. Lewis School

    Phone: 276-956-3147

    Email: klewis@henry.k12.va.us

     

    In person:

    Time: Third Block - 11:45-1:50 Lunch - Wind students eat 1st Lunch, typically. Schedule may be adapted with students eating different lunch blocks to allow for percussion and small group sectionals.

    Tardy: You are tardy if you are not ready for downbeat at 1:48 or 12:23

    Out of Class Log: E Hall Pass will be used

    Required Performances: Holiday Concert December 14, Usual Concerts are in October, December, March, May and graduation,

     

    Dates:

    Friday, September 3 (Dan River)  Home Football #1

    Friday, September 17 (Franklin County)  Home Football #2

    Saturday, September 26 (GW)  Competition #1

    Friday, October 1 (Bassett)  Home Game #3

    Saturday, October 2 (SE Guilford)  Competition #2

    Friday, October 8 (Halifax)  Home Game #4 (Homecoming)

    Saturday, October 9 (Lynchburg) Competition #3.

    Friday, October 15 (Martinsville) Away Game #1

    Saturday, October 23 (Bassett or Byrd)  Competition #4

    Friday, October 29 (GW Danville)  Home Game #5 (Sr. Night)

    Possible Friday Playoff Games (11/12, 11/19, 11/26)

    Saturday, November 20  Martinsville Parade

    Saturday, December 4  Ridgeway Christmas Parade

    Saturday, December 11   All District Band Auditions

    Tuesday, December 14  Holiday Concert

    February 4-5  All District Band

    February 26  All Virginia Auditions

    March 25-26  All Area Band

    Carowinds in April

    After School Marching Practice

    Tuesday- Full Band Practice 3:30-6. (everyone)

    Wednesday-Guard and Percussion as needed

    Thursday- Full Band Practice 3:30-6. (everyone)

     

    Course Description:

    Goal: To prepare students for performances through intense study of fundamentals and band literature. To inspire students to love music. For students to learn how to play a band instrument.

    Materials: Instrument (Personal or School Owned)

    Method Book: Habits of a Successful Musician. By Scott Rush and Rich Moon.  Please purchase online , at local music stores, purchase through me ($12) or use through the computer program called SmartMusic where it is included in the $20 subscription.

    Instrument supplies (Reeds, valve oil, cleaning supplies, sticks, mallets, mouthpieces, ligatures)

    Folders and Binders (Not to leave the Band Room) Pencil or pen and a notebook or binder.

     

    Using School Owned Instruments:

    Students may need to use school owned instruments. Each student that uses a school owned instrument must complete and return the School Instrument Use Form. Students will be held accountable for loss or damage that occurs to their instruments.

    School Instrument Use Form

     

    Grading: In accordance with Henry County Schools regulations, each student will receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. The grade will be assessed from the following:

    Playing Tests. Participation/Written Assignments/Tests. Performances

    Grading Scale

    90-100 A

    80-89 B

    70-79 C

    60-69 D

    0-59 F

     

    Musicianship, rehearsal technique, rhythmic accuracy and ensemble rehearsal will be covered everyday. A typical week might look like the following:

    Monday:  Focus Topic Videos and Worksheet, Practice , Ensemble Music

    Tuesday:   Focus Topic Quiz and Practice, Ensemble Music

    Wednesday:  Playing Test - Scale of the Week and Practice, Ensemble Music

    Thursday.   Subdivision (Counting) Sheet and Practice, Ensemble Music

    Friday: Playing Test on etude or excerpt from the music, Ensemble Music

    More advanced students will be given other small ensemble, solo or jazz materials to complete in place of the intermediate work

    Playing Tests will be submitted through Canvas Studio or in class.

    Written Assignments: Thursday Rhythm exercises will be graded. These will sometimes require labeling and other times require writing with musical notation.  Quizzes and Worksheets will be assigned on Monday and Tuesday each week.

     

    Performances:

    Required. Concert Dress is either all black or black and white formal wear. Attendance is required at performances in order to pass this class. An absence from a performance must be accompanied by a doctor’s note or a court note. (same as school day attendance policy)

    Participation for in person rehearsals:

    Daily participation will be assessed. Things that could negatively effect your participation grade: Playing out of turn, not playing when you should be, not trying your best, and talking out of turn.

    Chair placements will be assigned based on playing test grades. Parts will be assigned by Mr. Lewis. Chairs will influence part assignments, but will not be the only factor.

    Band Room Rules:

    Make great music.

    Have fun making music.

    Do not hinder others from making great music.

    Try as hard as you can.

    Respect your classmates and Band Room.

    No food or gum or drink other than water.

    Failure to follow these rules will result in student conferences, referrals, parent contact, parent conferences, administrative intervention, or removal from the class in the future.

     

    2020-21

    Band Camp 2020 is scheduled for July 26-29

     

     

     

    Signature Page

    I __________________ have read and understand the syllabus. I understand that if I want to

         (Student Name) 

    receive a passing grade in this course, I will need to be attentive and respectful during class so

    I can perform well and attend all of the required Performances. I understand that missing a Performance could result in my failing this course. I have read and understand the Band Room Rules and understand how I am expected to behave. I understand the consequences that will happen if I fail to respect the Band Room Rules.

    If you need help with anything, or have any questions, please contact me -

    klewis@henry.k12.va.us

     

     

    Please provide the best parent contact method:

    Email:___________________________

    Phone Number:___________________

    Contact Names and Relationship:

    Contact #1:_____________________ ___________________

    Contact #2:_____________________ ___________________

    _______________________________ Student Signature

    _______________________________ Parent Signature

    _______________________________ Date

    Please return to Mr. Lewis by  August 19 for a grade.

     

     

     

     

    VISUAL ENSEMBLE

     

    Course Information:

    Visual Ensemble Syllabus

    Fall 2021

    Magna Vista High School Ridgeway, VA

    Instructor: ​Mr. Kevin D. Lewis Phone: 276-956-3147 Email: klewis@henry.k12.va.us Website: www.henry.k12.va.us/Domain/2292

    Time: ​Fourth Block - 1:55-3:25
    Tardy: ​You will be marked tardy if you are not in the Band Room by 1:55. You need to check in with Mr. Lewis before going to change clothes.

    Out of Class Log: ​E Hall Pass will be used in this class.

    Course Description:

    Goal: ​To prepare students for color guard related activities through study of fundamentals and choreography in dance, flag, rifle, and sabre. To cover the Dance SOLs. To inspire students to be more effective and thoughtful people.

    Materials: ​Athletic clothes, Athletic shoes Pencil or pen and a notebook or binder. Daily Schedule:

    Stretches/Body Warm-up
    Dance Fundamentals, Equipment Fundamentals, Choreography Evaluation and Critique, Dance SOLs, Free Spin

    Using School Owned Equipment:

    Students may need to use school owned equipment. Every student that uses school owned equipment must complete and return the School Instrument Use Form. Students will be held accountable for loss or damage that occurs to their equipment.

    Grading: ​In accordance with Henry County Schools regulations,
    each student will receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. The grade will be based on the following: Performance ,Written Assignments, Tests and Projects   These assessments will happen through Canvas or in class.

    Grading Scale

    90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D 0-59 F

    Performance Tests: ​Performance Tests will be held weekly at any time and will be selected from the material being studied.

    Written Assignments: ​Periodically, students will reflect on their own progress. Also, they will analyze and interpret Color Guard videos.

    Projects: ​Each grading period will have one project that pulls together concepts being studied into a final product.

    Participation:​ Daily participation will be assessed. Things that could negatively affect your participation grade: talking out of turn and not participating/ dressing properly.

    There will be 16-17 modules posted through Canvas and 2 projects that involve the design of a routine.  Four of the weeks will focus on rifles and the others will primarily focus on flagwork.  Group project will consist of the design of flag work for the 2021 halftime performances.

    Rules: Make great movement. Have fun making movement. Do not hinder others from making great movement. Try as hard as you can. Respect your classmates. No food or gum or drink other than water.

    Failure to follow these rules will result in student conferences, referrals, parent contact, parent conferences, administrative intervention, or removal from the class in the future.

    Dates TBA:

    See canvas link for calendar and dates for marching band.  Class members will perform in the Ridgeway and Martinsville parades (Nov. 20 and December 4)

    Signature Page

    I __________________ have read and understand the syllabus. I understand that if I (Student Name)

    want to receive a passing grade in this course, I will need to be attentive and respectful during class and complete all of my assignments.

    I have read and understand the Band Room Rules and understand how I am expected to behave. I understand the consequences that will happen if I fail to respect the Band Room Rules.

    If you need help with anything, or have any questions, please contact me - tloman@henry.k12.va.us.

    Please provide the ​best ​parent contact method: Email:___________________________
    Phone Number:___________________

    _______________________________ Student Signature _______________________________ Parent Signature _______________________________ Date

    Please return to Mr. Lewis