Handouts

This page contains important documents for both students and parents.

Fingering Charts – these online documents are for students to look up and memorize the fingering for all notes on their instrument.  Students should always have a copy readily available to them.

How to Practice – this document highlights the best practices students & parents should know and use in order to become high quality musicians.

Rehearsal Expectations – this document outlines the rehearsal etiquette guidelines students should strive for and how they should focus their creative energy

Rehearsal Etiquette & Musical Standards Rubric – this rubric evaluates the above rehearsal expectations as well as the musical objectives we strive to master every day.

Musical Expectations & Sound Concepts – in addition to rehearsal expectations, students should strive to master these musical expectations on their instrument every day.

Percussion Expectations – this document details additional specific responsibilities for our percussion students.

Benefits of Private Lessons – this page lists the many benefits a student enjoys when taking lessons on their instrument.

All-Region Band Instrumentation (South Zone) – this lists the number of instrument spots for each ensemble in our All-Region Band auditions.

Playing Rubric – this rubric outlines how our students are graded and evaluated on their in-class playing.

Rhythm Syllables Combinations (Traditional) – this lists some of the most common rhythms and how to count them along with fun food & drink words that are the same syllables.

STARS Sightreading Information Sheet – this outlines the procedure for reading a piece of music for the very first time.

Jazz Band FAQs – this answers a few frequently asked questions about our Jazz Band.

Step-Up Instrument Parent Notice – this letter to parents explains the reasons why students should upgrade their instrument after their beginner year.  Note: While this information is aimed toward parents of trumpet & trombone players, parents of flute, clarinet, and saxophone students should consider this information as well.

UIL-Style Grading Rubric – this rubric is for students to use as they prepare for contest performances, such as UIL Concert & Sightreading.

End-of-Year Audition Score Sheet – this judging sheet is used to evaluate and grade individual students for next year’s ensemble placement.  The EOY Audition is required all of 6th & 7th grade band students.

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