Cane Creek Band 2021-2022 Rules & Procedures
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MATERIALS
The following items are materials that are required for class every day.
1. Your Instrument (stick-bag for percussionist!)
2. Supplies (cork grease, neck strap, slide/valve oils, reeds)
3. 1" black view binder - with Essential elements book, sheet music,
4. Pencil

Remote Learning:

GRADING
6th Grade:
25% Participation in Daily Class
25% Smartmusic Assignments
25% Assessments/ quizzes/ Kahoots
25% Music Performance Assessment (Concerts / Special Rehearsals)

7th Grade:
6th Grade:
25% Participation in Daily Class
25% Smartmusic Assignments
25% Assessments/ quizzes/ Kahoots
25% Music Performance Assessment (Concerts / Special Rehearsals)

8th Grade:
6th Grade:
25% Participation in Daily Class
25% Smartmusic Assignments
25% Assessments/ quizzes/ Kahoots
25% Music Performance Assessment (Concerts / Special Rehearsals)

CONDUCT
Our band program has a LONG tradition of excellence and student professionalism in music. Being a member of Cane Creeks’ awesome band program is an honor and requires each member to exhibit professional behavior and demonstrate maturity that is above average. Below is a list of classroom rules and expectations to help the year go smoothly.

Rules & Procedures as well as rewards and consequences can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SkNBmdBSXq8suyrRxrXZi95B9wZGsqfx5dteLOgEkRI/edit?usp=sharing

PRACTICE:
It is expected that each CCMS band student spends 30 minutes per school night practicing their instrument. The night before they go to school, please be sure you/your child is doing this. Practicing your instrument is essential to your success! If your child is a sixth-grader and cannot focus for that long or does not have the stamina yet, they may break up the 30-minute session into two 15 minute segments.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pYtfye0zD1x-dN6XFb5iMxaPR664uQulIJdj5ZLjOc8/edit?usp=sharing

Each grade level has required assignments on smartmusic.com. These are to be completed at home. Students are asked to do their best on the assignments. No matter what grade smartmusic assigns, they will receive a 100 for submitting an actual recording of their progress.

It is possible to make up practice time on the weekends if your weekly schedule is too hectic. However, studies show it is better to practice each night rather than cram it into one or two sessions. As always: Thanks to ALL CCMS band students who are practicing and working hard to make our bands GREAT!


CUBBIES AND CASES
Cubbies are not assigned this year. Please put your instrument in any open cubby when you come in in the morning. Lockers are reserved for 8th grade students only (8th graders- you must provide your own lock!). Students should personalize their case with stickers etc.-- Make sure no one can mistake that it is yours. Students should have their name and contact info on the case (We have had them returned to the school). There will be consequences for students moving or messing with a case that does not belong to them.


BINDERS & MUSIC
All students will be given a 1" back view binder to bring to class each day. Inside this binder should be your Essential Element book and any sheet music or resources that are handed out. (CCMS Bands use the Essential Elements 2000 method book series, available at The Music & Arts store in River Ridge shopping center.) Sheet music is like our textbook for band. Students will be required to pay for any lost music or music that has been damaged beyond normal wear and tear.

A Copy of the band calendar should be in the outside back view pocket of the binder and the Hurricane Band Camp or student Name sheet should be in the front. These will be issued in class.


FORMAL WEAR
The following dress requirements are for ALL concerts unless otherwise notified. 6th,7th and 8th Grade Bands: • Black Pants or black tuxedo pants* • Black Socks • Black Shoes* • Other items are provided by CCMS • 8th grade girls will be given formal gowns, but must supply appropriate shoes. (6th and 7th grade girls may wear black skirts if the length is below the knee) Refusal to follow the school dress code for concerts is grounds for dismissal from the concert and will be graded as an unexcused absence. *Black shoes and pants are available to those in need. Please ask your directors for access to these items. (Best plan is to stop by after school with your child and go through the items)

More info on formal wear can be found here:
https://ccms.buncombeschools.org/staff/dodson__clifton_-_band/h_o_w_d_o_i_p_u_t_o_n_m_y_f_o_r_m_a_l_w_e_a_r_


CONCERT ATTENDANCE
All concerts in and out of school are required activities. Remember, 25% of each student's 9-week grade is based on participation in these activities. Please check the calendar carefully to see what events are required for your child. Students will receive a 100% for each performance they attend and a 0% for each performance they do not attend. During performances, students will be asked to remain seated with their group until ALL performing ensembles have completed their selections. This teaches proper concert etiquette and instills good character that enables our students to become responsible adults and concertgoers.


ABSENCES FROM PERFORMANCES
Any student who finds an absence from a required activity unavoidable must bring a written note from a parent/guardian at least 2 weeks prior to the affected activity. Last minute, unavoidable absences (such as illness or death in the family) will require a written note from a parent/guardian/physician on the day that the student returns to school. An alternate assignment will be given to a student with an excused absence.


CONFERENCE/VISITS
Any time you would like to schedule a conference or simply visit your child's class, please do not hesitate to contact us at school by phone (628-0824). You may also contact me by email: cw.dodson@bcsemail.org

FUNDRAISERS
During the school year students and parents will be asked to work together on at least one major fundraiser. The dates and events pertaining to these fundraisers will be on the calendar. Students who choose not to participate are encouraged to make a donation.

ALL-COUNTY BAND (2 day event)
Each year the Buncombe County Public School system auditions to select 90 middle school students who participate in a 2 day clinic conducted by a professional musician. This musician is chosen by the band directors of Buncombe County. After auditions, those students chosen to be a part of this band will miss one day of school for the clinic. Their rehearsal and performance counts as participation and performance grades for the semester in which the activity occurs. Please see the calendar for dates.


ALL-District BAND (2 day event, $10 fee)
Each year the Bandmasters of the North Carolina Western District audition to select 180 middle school students who participate in a 2 day clinic conducted by a professional musician. This musician is chosen by the Bandmasters of the North Carolina Western District. After auditions, those students chosen to be a part of this band will have rehearsals followed by a concert. Students who are chosen for this ensemble and have the highest scores are allowed to audition for the North Carolina State Honor Band. See the Calendar for applicable dates.

ALL STATE BAND
To be eligible to audition for the North Carolina All State Band you must place high enough in our All district band.

North Carolina MUSIC PERFORMANCE ADJUDICATION (MPA)
This is our state band festival in which bands are adjudicated based upon state mandated criteria. I will select the ensembles that have worked hard and achieved the level of success that is required to participate in such an event. If your child’s band is chosen those students will receive a performance grade for this event.

NC Solo & Ensemble MUSIC PERFORMANCE ADJUDICATION (SEMPA)
This is our state solo and ensemble festival in which students are adjudicated based upon state mandated criteria. We will select the students and ensembles that have worked hard and achieved the level of success that is required to participate in such an event. If your child is chosen to perform they will receive a performance grade for this event. Students will perform for an adjudicator and receive a rating.


JAZZ BAND
Auditions for jazz band will submitted by google form. The link and information will be posted on Mr. Dodson's website.

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