Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School

Performing Arts Department


7th Grade Beginning Band

Terms 1 – 4 –2019-2020

Director: Mrs. Jaime Mangonon

Candidate Teacher:  Mr. Andy La

COHS Director:  Mr. Mike Mangonon

COHS Asst. Director:  Ms. Bethany Moslen


Course Syllabus



Elk Grove Unified School District will provide a learning community that challenges ALL students to realize their greatest potential. Furthermore, Wolfpack Music exists to develop Student Musicians of Excellence and the Highest Character.



Academic Excellence – Personal Character – Civic Responsibility



The Visual and Performing Arts Institute is designed to provide students who have a strong desire and motivation in the arts with concentrated and focused study in a variety of Arts disciplines. The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Institute provides an atmosphere that fosters interdisciplinary connections found among all areas of artistic expression. Arts Institute students share experiences that recognize and value cultural diversity of artistic expression, and that nurture community within the arts. Arts Institute students also complete coursework outside their major area of interest, engage in community service that supports the Arts, and they maintain high academic standards. Students in the Arts Institute have access to career and college guidance and support in their regular academic classes.



This course is designed to expose students to the beginning concepts and skills of instrumental music performance in a group setting. Students will learn the fundamentals of proper tone production and ensemble playing. In addition, special emphasis will be given to the art and practice of critical listening and writing using the vocabulary of music. Band works from a wide variety of historical styles and genres will be blended to give the students a broad experience of the literature. Additional performances will give students opportunities to extend their learning and artistic experience. Method Books used: Essential Elements 2000, Book 1 & 2.



Students will be able to:

  1. Read and notate music; sight-read music accurately and expressively.
  2. Perform a varied repertoire of music for both marching band and concert band.
  3. Listen to and analyze music critically, using the vocabulary and language of music.
  4. Develop the knowledge and the skills necessary to understand and perform music from all parts of the world.
  5. Apply knowledge, skills, and understanding to make critical judgment and determine the quality of music experiences and performances.


Letter grades will be given on the basis of (point totals in these areas will denote grade):

  1. Participation (weekly participation rubrics, attitude and demeanor) – 30%
  2. In class assignments, Concert Requirement  & MONTHLY practice logs – 20%
  3. Tests (performance assessments)/Midterm/Final – 30%
  4. End of Term Performance(s) – 20% (see Performance Dates on P. 3)



The Instructor, Mrs. Mangonon (Mrs. Mango) will be prepared for each class, and will have materials and assignments organized prior to class meeting. She will provide a safe environment for each student to learn and to realize his/her full potential. Lastly, Mrs. Mango will model, adhere to, and actively teach the Core Values listed here.


No one lives in isolation. Rather, we all live in community. This means that we all need to learn to live in harmony together as we journey through life. One way to do this is to diligently follow and adhere to these simple, yet profound rules of the Bandroom (and of life). (Please refer to the Student Handbook for an exhaustive list of behavioral expectations.)

  1. Be Safe – Simply put, we all need to “watch-out” for each other so that no-one gets hurt. (especially when we march) “Safe” behavior in band includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Be Responsible – Responsibility is an essential life-skills that must be learned now for it to be realized later in life. “Responsible” behavior in band includes, but is not limited to:
  1. Be Respectful – We are all unique, yet we all have things in common. Your success in living life with others is directly proportional to your respect for others (and yourself). “Respectful” behavior in band includes, but is not limited to:



  1. Tardy procedure/policy – Tardy Policy will be observed. In addition, you will lose participation points for each unexcused tardy.
  2. Bathroom privileges – you are permitted to use the restroom only as needed. Any uses in excess will cost participation points.
  3. Food and drink – these are not allowed in class.
  4. Hats, sunglasses, distracting clothing – please remove these items before the beginning of class/rehearsal.
  5. Electronic devices – not allowed on campus.
  6. Personal belongings – great care is taken for the safety and security of all students, however, the director will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items left in the choir room either during class or after school. Please take care of your valuables.
  7. Parental Communication – School Loop is the preferred method of communication with your home.  If or when necessary, phone calls or PTC are other communication methods.
  8. Concert Requirement – students are required to attend a “live” instrumental performance per Term. A signed program is all that is required for proof of attendance.
  9. Necessary materials - Instrument, music/method book (Essential Elements Book 1 & 2), PENCIL.  


  1. Student will be given a warning concerning the Core Value/Procedure not followed, and possibly asked to leave the classroom and wait outside.
  2. Further intervention will take place at the house/team level, with parent consultation.
  3. Student will be given an immediate referral to a VP for flagrantly disruptive and/or disrespectful behavior.


Performances are mandatory, as this is a performing arts class and performance is necessary for completion of class requirements. Band is also very team-based, and it is necessary that each member be present for the team to succeed. In other words, every student matters, and we need you!   

We will have a performance near the end of each term, so please pay close attention to these dates and mark them on your calendar now.  All concerts this year will be held in the EPMS MP Room with the exception of our May Concert. Students will be required to dress nicely and uniformly (black slacks and shoes, white dress shirt/blouse). Concerts are free and are open to the public; however, donations are always accepted and encouraged!



*End of the Year Concert is combined with COHS Bands and is usually about 2+ hours in length.  Please plan in advance.




Unlike any other elective class offered at Pinkerton, Band is a year-long class, meeting all 4 terms in some way. During Terms 1 and 3, band will meet during your “Elective Block” in the regular school day. During Terms 2 and 4, band will meet during “Zero Period”, which begins at 7am and gets out at 8:10am. We do not have Zero Period on Wednesdays due to the “Late Start Wednesday” schedule. We believe strongly in this model as it allows for the most continuous growth as you continue playing all year long, yet allows for students to participate in other electives during the year. Band is a year-long commitment, so plan ahead for Zero Period during Terms 2 and 4, and work out carpools if rides are an issue. I will have a schedule for Zero Period Classes before Term 2 begins on October 15.



Studies show that students who study music (and other arts) are more likely to be successful in life…more able to achieve higher scores on standardized tests; more able to think critically and creatively; more apt to achieve their goals and dreams. The study of music makes us better students – better teachers – better citizens, and the skills and knowledge gained through performing arts such as vocal music enable every student to grow to his/her fullest potential FOR LIFE, not just for music. In short, Band will enrich your life!



Jaime Mangonon, Band Room; email: jmangono@egusd.net (please allow 24 hours for a reply); phone: 916-683-7680, ext. 31920 to leave a voicemail on band office phone.


See below for the complete EPMS 2019-2020 Band and Choir Performance Calendar.


EPMS 7th and 8th Grade Concert Performance and Event Calendar 2019-2020

Term 1 Concerts: 

Tuesday, October 1, EPMS 7th Grade Concert @ EPMS 7pm

Wednesday, October 2, EPMS 8th Grade Concert @ COHS PAC 7pm


Term 2 Concerts: 

Tuesday, December 10- EPMS 7th Grade Concert @ EPMS 7pm

Thursday, December 12 EPMS 8th Grade Concert @ COHS PAC 7pm


Term 3 Concerts: 

Wednesday, March 4 – EPMS 7th Grade Concert @ EPMS 7pm

Tuesday, March 3 - EPMS 8th Grade Concert @ COHS PAC 7pm

Saturday, March 7 - Middle School Band Festival (8th Grade Band) Sheldon High School, time TBA


Term 4 Concerts: 

Tuesday, April 28, Platinum Paw Ceremony, 8th Grade Concert Band, @ EPMS 5-7pm

Wednesday, May 20 – End of the Year Concert #1 – 8th Grade Band + CO Jazz and Orchestra @ COHS PAC 7pm

Thursday, May 21 - End of the Year Concert #2 – All Vocal 7-12 @ COHS PAC 7pm

Friday, May 22 - End of the Year Concert #3 – 7th Grade Band + CO Bands @ COHS PAC 7pm

Friday, May 29 – 8th Grade Promotion – Perform for all 3 Promotion Ceremonies @ COHS Gym 8am-2pm

(more details to come)


Marching Wolves Events (All 8th Grade Band Members are the Marching Wolves plus Colorguard) 

Friday, October 11, Marching Wolves play at COHS Football Game @ COHS 4:30-9pm

Saturday, May 2, Western Festival Parade, Marching Wolves, time TBA (usually 8:30am-11am)

Thursday, May 7, Spring Art Showcase, Marching Wolves @ EPMS 6-8pm

Saturday, May 9, Vallejo Band Festival, Marching Wolves, $ time TBA (usually 6am-1pm)  

Other EPMS/COHS Wolfpack VAPA Events: 

Most performances take place at the COHS Performing Arts Center (PAC) located on the north east corner of COHS. 

*Black Box Theatre is located just south of the PAC with the entrance on Wolfpack Lane. 

$ indicates that you have to pay to purchase a ticket.