Orchestra Class Handbook

Grading Policies

Practice Logs

Concerts

Concert Uniforms

 

Grading Policies

 

Orchestra is an academic course with specific Core Knowledge, National Music Standards and State Music Standards guidelines. Poudre School District Middle Schools utilize Standards-Based Grading to calculate each student's progress and growth. Therefore, each student's grades in Orchestra will be tied to one of these four Colorado Music Standards*:

1. Expression of Music

The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music

 2. Creation of Music

The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music. 

3. Theory of Music

The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition. 

4. Aesthetic Valuation of Music

The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.

 

Poudre School District Middle Schools also differentiate assignments by categorizing them as either summative or formative assessments.  Simply stated, a summative assessment should be an assessment of learning whereas a formative assessment should be an assessment for learning or even as  learning. For more explanation of the different assessment types, see this article from Carnegie Mellon University: What is the difference between formative and summative assessment?

Fall 2020 update:

Additional information about grading in remote learning will be updated soon

 

Practice Logs

Practice Logs are the primary form of homework in Orchestra and are a formative assessment. The rationale for this is to emphasize and evaluate the quality of music practice in addition to the quantity.

Practice Logs are submitted as responses to the Google Form posted each week in the students' Google Classroom for Orchestra. Practice Logs should record each student's practice from Monday through Sunday of each week and are DUE on the following Monday morning by 8:15 a.m. Students should submit this form every week, regardless of the quantity or quality of their practice. In the case of a student's extended illness, injury, or travel, accommodations may be made. Please use the online Google form to communicate such concerns to Mrs. Griffey. No late logs will be accepted! (There will occasionally be "Optional Weeks" which can be used to replace a previous missing or low grade within the same grading period.)

Grading of practice logs is based on the following rubric:

Fall 2020 update:

practice expectations will be different in remote learning.

Updates coming soon!

Kinard Orchestra Practice Log Grading Rubric

 
 

Concert Uniform Information

All students have a required concert uniform that they must wear for concerts and performances.

6th Grade Beginning & Concert (7th Grade)Orchestra:

1. Black Kinard Music long-sleeve t-shirt tucked in (will be ordered in the fall for new students).

2. Blue jeans (darker blue is preferred) or solid black pants or skirt (below knee length).

3. Clean, neat shoes (sneakers or nice athletic shoes OK - please no flip flops)

Concerts

Concerts celebrate and demonstrate students' learning over a period of time. To perform music for an audience is one of the greatest experiences of learning music! Concerts teach students how to prepare for a long term goal, how to cope with nervousness, to follow directions, appropriate behavior at formal concerts, and how to critically listen to other performers. It is not possible to replace or "make-up" a concert experience due to the unique aspects listed above. Therefore, all concerts are required. Please find a list of Kinard Orchestra concerts here. If there is a concern about a student's ability to participate in a concert, please inform Mrs. Griffey as soon as this concern arises.

 

Symphony Orchestra:

Our Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra are the premier performing ensembles in our music program.  These groups travel to several performances and festivals each year.  Because of this visibility and the musical maturity of these ensembles, we believe it is valuable to have the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra in a formal uniform. Families are responsible for providing the uniform. You can download the 2019-2020 Uniform Information letter here.

Fall 2020 update:

Due to the covid-19 pandemic,all uniform requirements are inapplicable until further notice.

Location

Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
Fort Collins, CO

Contact

970-488-5483

©2019 by Leanne Griffey for the Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School Orchestra. Content may not be reproduced without the express consent of the copyright holder.