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Nampa Lone Star Bands and Orchestra
Mr. Carrico says:
“A POSITIVE ATTITUDE is everything, and talent should be developed.”

 Music is HARD WORK, but if you WORK HARD, it is a lot of fun and really rewarding.

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to Nampa Lone Star Middle School Band(s) and Orchestra(s).

This website is for you, to give you a better understanding of our program. Our community is proud of the band and orchestra program and you are a special part of the growth. We are continually trying to improve in all areas. This page describes the policies established by this department; these policies represent years of suggestions and improvements by students, parents and staff.

Our performance calendar is on this web site; please post your band and orchestra events in an obvious place for future reference. We try to be as accurate as we can with performance dates and concert information (please contact us if you notice an error or conflict). We will try to give several weeks notice of any changes. The rules and class grading are for you to understand how students are to behave, and how students will be graded in band or orchestra.

We are looking forward to a great year; we hope you are as well. Parents, please encourage your student(s) to pursue excellence in music. Students, you make the program what it is and we appreciate you. There are times when we have to focus on what is best for the band or orchestra; but your needs as a student are of utmost importance to the program. We appreciate all of the hard work and dedication you invest in your musical future!

Students and parents please remember, “A positive attitude is everything, and talent is developed,” is more than a nice quote. A positive attitude is the basis of a good work ethic; determination is more important than natural talent not improved upon. A positive attitude is also the key to a more enjoyable learning experience. So, strive to be a positive person and helping other people and you will go far! Music is HARD WORK, but if you WORK HARD, it is a lot of fun and really rewarding.

We would like you to check your email regularly and get involved in helping the band and orchestra program in many ways.  Please watch for emails of how you can help!

Musically Yours,

Mr. Carrico,
Director of Bands and Orchestras

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These are suggestions as to how your child can be a better musician, with parental help!

Parents
….please provide your child as good an instrument as you can reasonably afford and a safe place to keep it.  Help you child remember music and instrument each day.  Insist on proper care and maintenance of you child’s instrument. 
--Woodwind instruments require swabs, reeds and cork grease; a reed guard will help your student to take better care of their reeds.   All instruments need periodic adjustment by a certified technician (once a year is suggested). 
--Brass instruments require valve oil, a cleaning snake, slide grease, a mouthpiece brush and a proper mouthpiece and wash brass instruments monthly.  All instruments need periodic adjustment by a certified technician (once a year is suggested). 
--Percussionists need sticks/mallets, mallet set and a practice pad, at least plus a snare drum or drum set are expected for a percussionist.  
--String musicians need to have fresh rosin yearly and new strings about every other year.  A "Snark" is a great tuning device for string players and they cost under $20.  Woodwind  and brass  instrumental students should get a tuner/metronome for their practice as well.  

Music stores carry many supplies, instruments and repair as well (for band repair we  use Bryan Repair-697-3551).   

            Arrange a regular time for practice and see that the schedule is followed.  DAILY PRACTICE at the same time and in the same place; this is the key to progress and improvement30 minutes at least five times per week is expected for young playersPlease recognize that your child needs to be reminded and encouraged to “play” daily.  A room with a good light and no interruptions is necessary.  Practice / play time should be arranged so that it does not conflict with jobs, outdoor activities, a favorite TV show, household duties and family time.

            The proper playing posture is essential to good progress.  A portable music stand would be very helpful in attaining good posture.  If your child does not have a music stand available, it would make a great gift, and he/she would know how interested you are in his/her progress. 

            Show interest in your child’s practice, study, and Band & Orchestra membership.  Be generous in your praise and encouragement.  Never make fun of strange sounds that may come out of your child’s instrument.  In the beginning it will be rather different, but it will get better with time and praise!

            Insist on faithful attendance to class and to concerts.  Please support and encourage your child by coming to concerts and listening to all students in the other groups.  In the past we had many parents, friends, and families at the concerts; we want to increase our attendance this year; you will want to hear the Band & Orchestras improve so plan to stay until the end.

            Please make sure that your student has the correct book for the group that they are in.  This years sixth graders will start with Accent On Achievement book One; this years seventh grade students will start with review book one and start Accent On Achievement book Two; and this years eighth graders will start in book Two of Accent On Achievement and move to book Three.  The Jazz Band will use the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method. The Orchestra will be using the books Sound Innovation for String Orchestra books 1, 2 and 3.

The Smart Music computer program is a great tool to help your student succeed in Band & Orchestra; it has a lot of features like books 1 & 2, a metronome, tuner, plus: jazz studies and other features. I highly recommend this product!  Log onto smartmusic.com.   Subscriptions are $30.00 for the year...so it is like a magazine subscription and it is worth everything you get for the price.  

If at all possible, enroll your child in private lessons; they can be every week with a local professional or possibly a high school student or college student (please talk to Mr. C.).  This will help give a more focused understanding of music and will speed up the rate of progress and satisfaction. 

            Please, call me if I can be of any help (Lone Star phone number is 468-4745 ext. 4857).  My phone has a message machine on it that will come up as email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Please leave a detailed message so I can get back to you with the information you need.  You may also email me at tcarrico@nsd131.org, (this is probably the fastest method). 

 

Parents, students and teachers working together make a successful musical experience.                   

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CONCERT MANNERS

Please listen quietly to all performers.

Do not leave in the middle of a song. If you must leave, wait until the group is finished. Do not come and go whenever you feel like it. Leave only in an emergency.

Do not walk behind the performers or in a visible door during the concert.

When the performers or conductor(s) come into the room it is appropriate to applaud politely.

Watch the conductor’s hands to know when a piece is completed. As long as his hands are up the piece will continue. When the song is over, he will put his hands down and assume a more relaxed position.

If there is no door monitor, you must be seated and settled before the concert begins or wait outside the “auditorium” until a break between songs. (In most cases you should only enter during intermission, we ask that you enter quickly and quietly between songs if your arrival is unavoidably delayed).

If there are door monitors, please pay attention to their instructions so as not to interrupt a performance.

Please encourage all of the performers by giving them your undivided attention. Please have cell phones and pagers turned off.

Show your appreciation to all performers equally. Do not applaud wildly, yell or whistle, but let the style of the song dictate your response.

If you are responsible for younger brother(s) or sister(s) or children, do not allow them to run, play, dance or otherwise distract from the music.

Please do not talk…allow those around you the privilege of listening.

By showing respect and courtesy to the performers and other audience members we can help make our concerts pleasurable for everyone.


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NAMPA LONE STAR
MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND and ORCHESTRA CLASSROOM RULES

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR RESULTS IN POSITIVE REWARDS FOR OUR ENSEMBLE IN PRIDE OF PERFORMANCE AND SATISFACTION OF A JOB WELL DONE!
RESPECT:
-FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GIVEN.
-USE APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE, NO “PUT DOWNS”.
RESPONSIBILITY
-NO TALKING DURING THE REHEARSAL, UNLESS GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE
BY THE DIRECTOR.
-CONTRIBUTE POSITIVELY TO THE REHEARSAL.
-NO FOOD OR FLAVORED DRINKS IN THE CLASSROOM, GUM INCLUDED.
READY
-BE IN THE ROOM BEFORE THE BELL RINGS; AND BE IN THE PROCESS OF
PREPARING FOR THE CLASS. BE READY TO START BEFORE THE TEACHER. TARDIES MAY BE A PART OF YOUR PARTICIPATION GRADE IF A PROBLEM.
RELATIONSHIPS
-HAVE THE APPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS IN THE CLASS...TREAT EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT AND GRACE.

Consequences for failure to follow the class rules for the quarter:

1st Warning -- discussion with director about possible solutions after class or school
2nd Warning -- phone call to parent(s) or note from parents – and do a work sheet explaining how to fix the problem. (successful student)
3rd Warning –phone call or letter home, detention - - Detention served at students lunch or after school.
4th Warning --Referral to the dean / discussion with the director

After each warning, you need to check with the director after class (so you may be late for your next class if you get a warning), possible loss of chair if system is in place for chairs and the director announces that to the Band & Orchestra. If you receive a warning it is in effect for the entire quarter. Any severe infraction can be grounds for more serious discipline. Any step or steps may be skipped depending on the situation, and the severity of it.

Class will start as soon as possible after the tardy bell rings (students need to have chairs, stands, instrument(s), pencils and music set up and organized).

*Student behavior in music classes will be based on Respect, Relationships, Readiness and Responsibility as stated by the rubrics created by LSMS staff:

Music students will be expected to follow classroom guidelines and standards and dealt with in accordance to classroom policy, department policy and Lone Star Middle School Discipline; the student will be graded by the rubrics created by LSMS staff plus guided by music teachers holding students to accountability in the classroom. Teachers will work with students, parents and staff to maintain the highest standards of behavior and a professional environment for the fostering of fine musical performance.

Cheating, Plagiarism, Academic Dishonesty are all clearly defined in the student handbook: Music students will be held to the same standard and the above will not be tolerated.


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Lone Star Middle School Grading and Assessment within the Music Department

We as a music staff believe that:
1. Grading should be frequent and provide meaningful feedback.
-Thus, students in music will be checked on a daily or weekly basis as to their understanding of reading notes, rests and rhythms; this will be done through sight reading checks and practice checks as well as listening to student(s) on a regular basis.

2. Grades should reflect achievement on the standards.
- Therefore students will be working in the standards set forth by the National Association of Music Educators and Nampa School District Standards.

3. The staff will continue to refine and detail other grading and assessment practices:
In regard to the continued refining of grading practices the music department has come to the consensus that:

Formative assessment will be approximately 20% of a students grade
This will involve instrumental students turning in a practice card by students for self evaluation of practice analysis; this will be tuned in weekly. If students are practicing at the assigned average they will fall in the category of: Advanced, Proficient, Basic and or Below Basic.
Summative assessment will be approximately 80% of a students grade
This will be in the form of playing, singing and written tests as well as Concerts and Festivals. Within this category, tests or summative assessment will happen in the classroom. Concerts will happen outside of the school day in an evening setting and are required.

Tests will be graded on a scale of:
4 - equating to Advanced (or 100-90% was an A) [0-2.5 mistakes on a performance test]
3 - equating to Proficient (or 89-80% was a B) [2.75-5 mistakes on a performance test]
2 - equating to Basic (or 79-70 was a C) [5.25 -7.5 mistakes on a performance test]
1 - equating to Below Basic (69- and below was a D or 59 and below was an F) 8 or more mistakes on a performance test]

Instrumental Classes (Band and Orchestra)

Formative 20%
10% practice
10% rehearsal involvement

Summative 80%
40% tests (playing tests and written/computer work)
40% Performances or Concerts and or Festivals

Grading scale on performance Summations (Tests)
4 = Advanced: which is 0 mistakes to 2.5 mistakes on a playing evaluation
3 = Proficient: which is 2.75 mistakes to 5 mistakes on a playing evaluation
2 = Basic: which is 5.25 mistakes to 7.5 mistakes on a playing evaluation
1 = Below Basic: which is 7.75 mistakes to 10 (or more) mistakes on a playing evaluation
If a student puts forth effort and takes the chance to at least try to play they will be given an 1.


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LONE STAR MIDDLE SCHOOL
BAND and ORCHESTRA EVENTS CALENDAR will be posted on a separate page on this web site.

Band page {please see the main concert schedule page of this web site}.

Orchestra page {please see the  concert schedule page of this web site}.

CONCERT DRESS: Middle School Band and Orchestra students will wear black shoes, socks, pants and a black long sleeve shirt that is tucked in with a collar; you may also wear a black tie. Girls may wear a long black skirt (to your knees) with a black long sleeve blouse or a dress that falls in the same guidelines as above, and please make sure it is school appropriate.

(*) = Jazz Band only, are required to attend, other people encouraged to come listen and Watch.
Other events you will want to go to will be arranged later…stay tuned; TBA means To Be Arranged at a later date. MOST OF THE CONCERTS WILL BE IN THE Lone Star GYM.

CONCERT GRADING
--Each student is required to be at all scheduled performances listed above, notice the Jazz performances will be marked with an asterisk (*). # not required but encouraged.
A. If you are present, you will receive an A averaged into your overall grade.
B. If you have an unexcused absence, your overall grade will be lowered, (one to two levels).
C. Excused absence: a phone call or note from your parents before the required performance, telling the teacher you are very sick or there had been an emergency in your family. Please call the school and leave a message (468-4745 ext. 4857 Mr. Carrico’s office). Prearranged absence may be a part of this if director is contacted at least two weeks prior to the performance.
D. Unexcused absence: not coming to a concert and/or no call to the director before the required performance telling of your absence: or a reason other than what was mentioned above.

Set Up for Concerts: we will need a set up crew of twenty people to meet early; the time will usually be an hour and forty five minutes before the concert. Usually it will be 8th graders unless Mr. Carrico needs more help. Everyone that does not help set-up, will need to put equipment away. Parents, please plan on waiting after the concert until all things are put away. We will also need parents to help in several ways; please call the school if you are interested in helping.

PLEASE GO TO MR. CARRICO'S MAIN PAGE AND DOWN LOAD THE INFOMRATION SHEET AND SEND IT IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL.