8th Grade Percussion Class (Symphonic Band)
Course Syllabus 2021-22
Mr. Scott Allred, Instructor
Office Phone: 276-647-3841
Tuesday / Thursday (alternating Fridays) - 1:40 - 3:15
This course is designed for enhanced individual instruction in percussion performance. Students will cover technical skill sets across the percussion spectrum – snare drum, mallets, timpani, and accessory instruments.
Symphonic Band (8th Grade) is for students with at least two years of instrumental training (exceptions must be pre-approved).
Required Texts, Materials and Resources
Habits of a Successful Musician by Scott Rush
1”-1 ½” 3 ring binder (25 sheets of college ruled paper)
10 plastic page protectors for written assignments and handouts
Student I-Pad for recording video, completing written assignments, and accessing internet resources
1 pair Vic Firth SD1 or SD2 drum sticks
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
1 stick bag to carry these implements.
Contact Mr. Allred if you have issues obtaining these materials.
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 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”.