Syllabus and Class Rules

Marching Band
To perform using proper musical technique; ie, posture, breath control, hand position, articulation, etc.
The marching band is made up of students in grades 8-12.  In addition to performing woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, opportunities for dance, baton, and color guard are available to all students at Sardis High School.  Musicians must complete one full year of beginning band and all auxiliaries must audition for each group. 
Music Camp is normally held the last week of July and Band Camp is during the first week of August.  These events are required to ensure the success of our band.  The band will rehearse every day 7th period and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until 5:00 PM throughout football season.  Grades are based on participation, attendance and effort.  All music to be performed in public must be passed-off to the director. 
The band has several opportunities to perform outside the realm of football games.  All performances are required.  A couple of examples include the Etowah County Band Exhibition and The  Veteran's Day Parade.
Concert Band
To perform with proper musical technique; ie, posture, breath control, hand position, articulation, etc.
The concert band is made up of students in grades 8-12.  Typical instruments included in the concert band include flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bari saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, and symphonic percussion. 
The band will rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday unless noted throughout the year. These practices are usually fro 3-5PM...Called practices will be determined on needs assessments. 
The band performs in our state's district assessment in February, and state assessment in March.  Other opportunities to perform include: All-state band, university honor bands and school concerts.  Again, all performances are required and once more, grades are based on participation, effort and attendance. 
"Every student deserves the opportunity to learn, perform, utilize creativity, and demonstrate cognitive learning, as well as, maintain a physical and mental well-being."
Students will be exposed to the basic elements of music and pencil drawing techniques to include the following:  Numbered in weeks
1-2.  Music Theory
  A.  Notes
  B.  Rests
3-4. Theory Continued
  C.  Dotted Notes
  D.  Rhythm
5-6.   Writing Notation
7-18  Drawing Techniques.
(We will focus on the art of pencil drawing)
7-10.  3-D cartoon drawing
11-14.  Draw Real Animals
15-18.  Drawing Faces

Grades will be based upon participation in class and notes taken.  Each grading period wil culminate with turning in notebooks.  Notebooks must be kept in chronological order.  Individual sheets will not be accepted.
Beginning Band
Students will be exposed to instrumental music and taught how to read music, write music, and perform on various instruments.  These instruments include: the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion.
Grades based on effort...all you have to do is'll get better!!!!!
New for 2013!  Students will learn basic guitar skills.  Students will learn how to read musical notation, scales, simple melodies, and chords.  We will use Essential Elements at an approximate cost of $10.00.  We will provide copies of the first 1 lesson to give students time to purchase method book. Students will be graded on class participation and performance.  Student must provide their own acoustic guitar.  Electric guitars and amps will not be allowed. Students can not share equipment.

Art Appreciation

New for 2014
Syllabus under development.
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