Course Syllabus - Guitar I (924515) and Guitar II (924516)
Course Overview:One Year Course: 1 Credit (Fees required)Objective: Guitar performance as a soloist and member of an ensemblePrerequisite: Guitar I: None; Guitar II: Successful completion of Guitar I or by audition with guitar teacher.Students will develop music literacy in note and rhythmic reading, tune the guitar with an acceptable degree of accuracy to a given or fixed pitch, recognize and perform the various types of guitar literature, and demonstrate knowledge of instrument upkeep and maintenance as necessary.
TextbookAll students will receive a method book (First Year Guitar or Second Year Guitar) as a part of their fee payment. Each student will also be issued a school copy of Guitar 101: An Introductory Course by Kevin Vigil and John Graham.
Back to School NightThe High School Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:00pm.
Required MaterialsGuitar with case, to be locked in storage room locker after each period 1 class.PencilTextbook(s)Binder for storage of handouts, quizzes/tests, etc. (Can be shared with other courses)
Financial ObligationsFCPS and the Hayfield Secondary Middle School Band will not charge students a fee for any mandatory aspect of the Hayfield Band program except for musical instrument and course material fees of which are permitted by the Virginia Department of Education regulations. Schools cannot require a student to pay fees for course materials in excess of the amount approved by the FCPS School Board in Notice 5922. Guitar Class Fee - $30 per student, per year Instrument Rental Fee - $100 for the year or $50 per semesterFor instruments borrowed from Hayfield Secondary School. Payment for both semesters due 9/20/19 Instruments For All - $20 for the year (IFA is available to students who are part of the free/reduced lunch program. Details in IFA packet, please contact your director with any questions.)
Grading Literacy and Evaluative Skills - 10%Concert reviews, listening assignments, music theory written work, etc. ehearsal Skills and Expectations - 25%Having all course materials for each rehearsal (instrument, music, accessories, pencil) - Any student who does not bring his/her instrument to class is unable to show learning progress for that day, and thus will receive a grade of zero.Maintaining a quiet and productive rehearsal spacePlaying instruments in the correct manner, including posture and instrument carriage.Display procedures of maintaining a safe rehearsal environment with respect of all FCPS and personal belongings, including the band room. There is to be no food or drink (other than water) in the band room. Instrumental Technique and Musicianship - 25%Formal assessments on scales, technique, and ensemble music played in-class or submitted through Google Classroom. Ensemble Technique and Musicianship - 40%Assessments in the form of in-class ensemble recitals.
At Hayfield Secondary School, our focus is on student achievement. A student’s grade is based on achievement: what he or she knows and is able to demonstrate (mastery learning). All assignments must be completed in order to accurately assess what a student knows and is able to do so that appropriate feedback can be given to every student. Teachers, school counselors, and administrators will ensure that students take advantage of all opportunities to demonstrate mastery of content.Assignments are given due dates so that learning can progress sequentially in a timely manner. Students who have not had an adequate opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content because of excused absences or extenuating circumstances should work with their classroom teachers and school counselor to complete the missing assignments.Students who habitually fail to turn in work on the assigned due date will be subject to an academic intervention. Late work will be accepted with a maximum penalty of 20%. Work will not be accepted after the unit test has been administered. If there is an overlap between the unit test and the end of the quarter, then the turn-in deadline will be the last day of the quarter. If the academic intervention was unsuccessful and no work has been submitted, a failing mark may be assigned.
Late Work - School Policy:If a performance is missed the student will have one week upon returning to school, to make-up the grade. To make-up the grade, the student must perform his/her concert music for the director. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule a time with the director to make-up the grade. Students who have not had an adequate opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content because of excused absences or extenuating circumstances should work with their classroom teachers and school counselor to complete the missing assignments. Late work will be accepted with a maximum penalty of 20%. Work will not be accepted after the unit test (concert) has occurred except in extenuating circumstances.
Winter and Spring Break PolicyHayfield Secondary School celebrates Winter and Spring Break as family time that is homework free time. No homework will be assigned over the break.
Final ExaminationThe final examination for Guitar I and II will be a culminating performance at an in-school recital in late May. The selected piece must be at an appropriate performance level for the ensemble and approved by the teacher.
The Hayfield Honor Code I promise on my honor not to lie, cheat, or steal. I will promote high ethical standards, foster unity, contribute to a trustworthy environment, and improve the spirit of Hayfield Secondary School. If I do not follow this code of conduct, I agree there will be consequences for my actions.
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