7th Grade Brass / Percussion Class (Concert Band)
Course Syllabus 2021-22
Mr. Scott Allred, Instructor
Office Phone: 276-647-3841
Tuesday / Thursday (alternating Fridays) - 8:30 - 10:05
This course will continue to focus on the fundamentals of performance – tone, technique, articulation, balance, blend, and tuning – while exploring more complex versions of core theoretical principles - rhythm, pitch, and key. Furthermore, it is dedicated to developing the performers’ individual and ensemble skills. Course emphasis will expand to ensemble awareness exercises, major scale / chromatic scale memorization, and audition preparation. Students enrolled in 7th grade band are expected to perform music at a grade II / III level* of difficulty by year’s end.
Concert Band (7th Grade) is for students with at least one year of instrumental training (exceptions must be pre-approved).
Required Texts, Materials and Resources
Essential Elements 2000, Book 2 by Hal Leonard Publishing
Foundations for Superior Performance by Richard Williams & Jeff King
1”-1 ½” 3 ring binder (25 sheets of college ruled paper)
10 plastic page protectors for written assignments and handouts
Drinking straw for breathing exercises
Student I-Pad for recording video, completing written assignments, and accessing internet resources
Trumpet Mouthpiece – Bach 3C or 5C (see Mr. Allred for sizing); valve oil; instrument cleaning kit
French Horn Mouthpiece – Holton Farkas DC; rotor oil; cleaning cloth
Trombone Mouthpiece – Bach 6 ½ AL; slide cream; cleaning kit; mini spray bottle
Tuba Mouthpiece – Bach 18 or 24W (see Mr. Allred for sizing); valve oil; cleaning cloth
Percussion Vic Firth (or equivalent) SD1 drumsticks; 2 pair Mike Balter (or equivalent) medium yarn or cord mallets (birch handles); 1 pair Vic Firth General timpani mallets; 1 pair hard plastic xylophone mallets; stick bag to carry implements
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.
At the outset, all instruction will be in-person, with the possibility of virtual instruction at some point determined by health conditions in the broader community 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)
- Check in to my zoom link or submit assignments at least twice per week.
- For check-ins, keep your camera on and your volume on mute so that everyone can hear.
- Only video recordings will be acceptable for performance assessments. No audio recordings, please.
- If you need help or feel overwhelmed – COMMUNICATE. I am here for you and want you to succeed.
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.
90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
59 & Below = F
Grading Policy - Virtual Learning
Assignments will be posted each Monday morning to Canvas 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
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”.