Students in band are graded in four categories:
Each student earns 2 points a day toward their daily participation. The small number of points makes each day a low impact so students can quickly recover from losing points. We created this grade to help parents get a picture of what class time looks like for their child. Are they behaving, bringing their instrument, participating in their learning, etc.
Practice Lines (Homework)
Instead of logging practice minutes, I prefer to hear students practice. This lets me check in how they are progressing learning new skills. Students are typically assigned 1 or 2 practice lines per week (each worth 5 points). The lines involve newer skills that need developed. While students are practicing the lines, they will record themselves in EEi and submit.
I am not grading how well they perform, however, if minimal effort is shown, I can have the student submit again.
This category is the most important of all. Students are assigned music to record and submit. The music involves skills that the student should be familiar with. Each playing test is worth 10 points, however this category is 50% of the student's overall grade.
Performances are an important part of being in band. There are several aspects of performing, including the rehearsals leading up to a performance, that count toward a student's grade in this category.
You can see the band grading rubric by clicking on "Grading" at rpbands.com/south. This is the location of the most current, up-to-date rubric.