LP Weighted Grading System can be found HERE:
Grades are NOT based on raw talent.
Grades will be based upon the contribution a student makes to the success of the group: attitude, behavior, class and concert attendance, vocal progress, and how hard one is willing to work for the excellence of our choir. Grade categories will be weighted as follows:
Daily rehearsal grades – Students can earn up to 30 points a week for proper participation in rehearsal. This includes being on time to class, having all materials, and, most of all, participating fully in rehearsals.
As a general policy, grades will not be discussed in front of peers in class. For discussions pertaining to grades, please see me privately (in a one-on-one setting, not as a group discussion, can be during class as per director’s discretion) to resolve any issues. Any gradebook issues brought to the director should be done so in a respectful, school-appropriate, professional manner. Any issue that has not been satisfactorily resolved in class may be done so through parent-teacher communication, either by email or phone.
The only homework that I give is practicing/reviewing music learned in class. Students occasionally receive written assignments to be completed during class. These reinforce the theories behind the music that we sing.
The voice, like any other instrument, must be perfected with practice. Students are expected to review daily the information presented in class. This includes practicing warm-ups and songs we may be singing in class outside of the classroom setting.
Attendance at ALL performances and performance-related rehearsals during school and outside of school is mandatory, and all performances and performance-related rehearsals are graded. Note: As per school policy, students must be present at school for two class periods during the day of the performance to be eligible to participate in an after-school performance or rehearsal, unless the after-school performance or rehearsal dates falls on the same day as a school-related absence.
All performance dates are provided early in the semester so that conflicts may be avoided.
Students will receive full credit for arriving on time, participating properly, having appropriate performance etiquette, and staying through the entire performance or rehearsal. Students will lose five points for each minute they are late and points will be deducted for improper participation or inappropriate audience behavior. Performances off-campus are considered an extension of the classroom and all school rules will still apply, including cell phone policies.
Performance Absences and Performance-Related Rehearsal Absences:
Students who miss a performance/performance-related rehearsal must bring a signed note from their doctor or parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence. NO alternate assignments will be given to allow students to earn the performance points for unexcused absences. Please see the description below for definitions of excused and unexcused absences.
Absences will be excused by the director on a case-by-case basis.
Excused absences include illness, death in the family, other emergency situations, and pre-arranged absences (for example, a conflict with another school activity or other activity approved by me) where a direct parent/guardian communication (email or phone call) is received at least two weeks PRIOR to the performance or rehearsal. Conflicts presented to me DURING the week of a performance WILL NOT BE EXCUSED unless it is an emergency situation as described above.
Student jobs, babysitting, going out of town, lack of ride, and being absent from school are problems that can be solved or worked around and therefore are not excused absences for a performance or performance-related rehearsal. You are given the choir calendar in advance so these things may be avoided ahead of time.Students who have an unexcused absence from a performance or performance-related rehearsal are not eligible for a make-up assignment and will receive zero points for the performance.
Make-Up for an Excused Performance/Performance-Related Rehearsal Absence:
Making up an EXCUSED absence from major performances and performance-related rehearsals, including the Fall Concert, Veteran’s Day Program, Christmas Concert, Pre-Festival Concert, Choir Festival (District or State), or Spring Concert/Gumbo Get-Down, will require the completion of the supplemental make-up assignment below. Students must fill out the MAKE-UP ASSIGMENT REQUEST FORM administered through Dr. Elsey the day after a missed performance.
GRADING PROCEDURES FOR SPRING EOY CONCERT DRESS REHEARSAL AND CONCERT
5-6-19 AND 5-7-19
3 BASIC RUBRIC ASPECTS FOR REHEARSAL AND CONCERT
-SINGING ON STAGE
-BEHAVIOR ON STAGE
-BEHAVIOR OFF STAGE
EACH ASPECT IS WORTH 100 POINTS AND IS ZERO-TOLERANCE. BEHAVIOR IS BASED ON SELF CONTROL AND PROFESSIONALISM. IF A STUDENT IS CALLED OUT OR SEEN MISBEHAVING DURING THE REHEARSAL OR CONCERT, THEN THEY WILL AUTOMATICALLY LOSE 100 POINTS IN THEIR SECTION OF MISBEHAVIOR.
THIS TWO PART FINAL IS WORTH A TOTAL OF 600 POINTS.