• 6th Grade Woodwind Class (Beginning Band)


    Course Syllabus 2021-22


    Mr. Scott Allred, Instructor

    E-mail: sallred@henry.k12.va.us

    Office Phone: 276-647-3841


    Class Schedule


    Monday - Wednesday (alternating Fridays) - 11:20 - 12:55


    Course Description


    This course will focus on the fundamentals of performance – breathing, tone production, technique, articulation –and basic music theory principles - rhythm, pitch, music terminology and symbology. Students enrolled in 6th grade band are expected to perform music at a grade I / II level* of difficulty by year’s end. 





    Beginning Band (6th Grade) is for any student interested in learning how to play an instrument.  No previous experience is required.



    Required Texts, Materials and Resources


    Essential Elements 2000, Book 1 by Hal Leonard Publishing

    1”-1 ½” 3 ring binder (25 sheets of college ruled paper)

    10 plastic page protectors for written assignments and handouts

    #2 pencil

    Drinking straw for breathing exercises

    Student I-Pad for recording video, completing written assignments, and accessing internet resources

    Internet Connection



    Instrument-Specific Needs


    Flute                                      Handkerchief or cleaning cloth to clean flute

    Oboe / Bassoon                      (2) Medium to Medium Soft Reeds (Fox brand); cleaning cloth

    Clarinet / Bass Clarinet            Recommended mouthpiece – Vandoren B45; Recommended ligature – Rovner

                                                 (3) Reeds – Vandoren (size 3); all reeds should be numbered

                                                 Reed guard to hold 4 reeds

    Saxophones (all)                     Recommended mouthpiece – Rousseau or Premier Hite

                                                 Recommended ligature – Rovner

                                                 (3) Reeds – Vandoren (size 3); all reeds should be numbered

                                                 Reed guard to hold 4 reeds




    Vendors for Instrument Rental or Purchase* / Music Supplies



    JRS Music – Collinsville – (276) 647-1973 (instrument rentals, supplies)

    Star City Music – Salem / Roanoke – (540) 772-7722 or starcitymusic.com (instrument rentals, supplies)


    On the Web

    Woodwind and Brasswind – wwbw.com (books, reeds, etc)

    Lonestar Percussion – lonestarpercussion.com (sticks, mallets, percussion kits, etc.)


    *Please consult Mr. Allred before renting or purchasing from an unlisted vendor.



    Instructional Delivery


    At the outset, all instruction will be in-person, with the possibility of returning to virtual instruction at the discretion of the Henry County School Board.  Instrument assignments will be finalized during the first 2 weeks of the 1st grading period.


    Student Expectations (in-person) - please see the BAND HANDBOOK for details


    Student Expectations (virtual)

    1. Check in to my zoom link or submit assignments at least twice per week.
    2. For check-ins, keep your camera on and your volume on mute so that everyone can hear.
    3. Only video recordings will be acceptable for performance assessments. No audio recordings, please.
    4. If you need help or feel overwhelmed – COMMUNICATE. I am here for you and want you to succeed.


    Grading Policy

    Letter grades are bases off of the 10-point scale.  Daily Participation (active engagement with all required materials), Practice Records, Tests, Quizzes, and Performances are included in the grade.  See the Band Handbook for detailed weighting / criteria.

    Grading Scale:

         90 - 100 = A

         80 - 89 = B

         70 - 79 = C

         60 - 69 = D

        59 & Below = F


    Grading Policy - Virtual Learning - addendum


    Assignments will be posted each Monday and must be submitted by Friday (or as determined by district policy).  Late assignments will receive a grade of “0”.  Please communicate if you have issues submitting assignments.


    Attendance Policy - Virtual Learning - addendum


    Students are required to “check-in” (log on to my Zoom link) or submit assignments at least twice per week to be counted “Present”.  Anything less will be counted recorded as “Absent”.