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Dear Band/Orchestra members,



On Tuesday December 11th 2018 at 7:00 pm we will be performing the Instrumental Music Winter Concert at CTMS.   Strings players should arrive at the school at 6:00 for tune-up.  All other instrumental students should be at the school no later than 6:15.  There will be a sign in sheet in the band room and remember that attendance is mandatory.   If a student is sick the day of the concert, I ask that a parent/guardian please contact me as soon as possible to let me know.   Dress is as follows:    



Black skirt or pants

White shirt

Black shoes



Black dress pants

White button down shirt with a tie

Black shoes and black socks (no sneakers, please)


Students in Jazz Band and Rock Band will wear all black.


The groups performing in the concert are as follows in order of appearance: 

6th Grade Concert Band

String Orchestra 

Jazz Band

Rock Band

7/8 Concert Band


Students in Jazz Band and Rock Band will wear all black.  


While waiting for your turn to perform, you will be waiting as audience members.  Thank you all in advance for being an extremely polite, appropriate, and respectful audience.   


Feel free to email me if you have any questions and I hope you enjoy the show!


Mr. Schaefer




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What is expected of each student in Instrumental Music?


Each student is expected to:



  • Bring their instrument, folder with music, a pencil and any other essential materials (reeds, strings) to each class and rehearsal
  • Practice their instrument for at least 20 minutes per day, 4 days per week (1hr 20 minutes per week total)


  • Miss no more than 1 rehearsal per marking period unless absent from school
  • Be responsible for keeping their instrument in good working condition and notifying their parents and teacher immediately if there is a problem that needs to be fixed
  • Be an active participant in class and rehearsals and put forth a strong effort 
  • Keep a good attitude and be respectful of yourself and others
  • Attend and perform in each instrumental music concert (1 in the winter and 1 in the spring).  Attendance is mandatory.  




How am I graded in instrumental music? 


While there will be an occasional formal assessment in class, most of your grade is determined by meeting the expectations above.  EACH STUDENT CAN EARN AN “A” IN MUSIC CLASS IF THEY CHOOSE TO MEET THE EXPECTATIONS.  Students will receive a grade each week based on class and rehearsals (a grade will be put into Power School each class but can be adjusted by the end of the week based on rehearsals).