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Class Info, Grades, Structure

Class Structure

The start of a student’s instrumental music journey is such a crucial time in a musicians life to learn the specifics of their particular instrument. At EGR we are very fortunate to offer like-­instrument classes throughout the 6th grade year. These classes meet every other day, either on a 1­day or 2­day schedule, so it is imperative that students and parents keep track of which day it is so the instrument is not forgotten. It is recommended that if you are unsure of the day, please consult the main EGRMS front page where the day is listed on the google calendar.


Due to its unique nature, enrollment in band at East Grand Rapids Middle School is a year­long commitment. Please understand the skills necessary to be successful in band are developmental and each student progresses at his or her own rate. Practice and study usually dictate that rate. It is not unusual for even the most talented student to become frustrated at times. We believe it is then that the student’s diligence will most often lead to the greatest understanding.


Please visit egrmsband.com, our official Band Website, where you can find important information, assignments, concert dates and much more! Feel free to bookmark egrmsband.com for easy recall.

We also use schoology.com for many great resources. If a parent wishes to activate a parent account on schoology, please contact Mr. Bier or Mr. Wells, and we will reply to the email with the parent code specific to your child. This will allow the parent/guardian to see what the child sees without access to other student info.

To keep up with all things EGR Band Related, including facebook pages and much more, visit this very helpful Symbaloo page: bit.do/egrweblinks

School­Owned Instruments

Many instruments can be difficult to transport, especially the large ones. Depending on availability, the school can often times help by assigning a school­owned instrument to use at home or at school. These instruments should be taken care of with the utmost respect, and any damages should be reported immediately.


  1. Class Responsibility 15% of your grade
    Students will earn FIVE participation points a day. Students who do not have their instrument will receive a zero and students who are missing music or their band book will get partial credit. Habitual missing items will result in phone calls home . Parents should send a note when the instrument is in the shop so that there are no misunderstandings. Students who display behavioral disruptions more than once in a class, will lose their participation points for that day.

  2. Practice Minutes 50% of your grade
    Practice is your homework in band. In order for you to improve, and for all students in the group to have a positive experience, it is necessary for you to practice. The ideal situation is that you practice at least 20 minutes every day during the week. The practice record will go online from Sunday to Wednesday morning
    every other week . Students should keep track of their daily minutes on the Full 
    Year Practice Record Sheet , and transfer the minutes to the online form. The online form will be sent out to all parent emails using skyward.

We offer a very helpful text blast option that will send out a reminder when the online practice record is available online for entry. To get this reminder on your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/egr6band. Follow the instructions to sign up and you will be prompted to download the mobile app.

*Practicing incentives: Students who take lessons on Piano may use their piano practicing twice a week on their practice record for band.

  1. Tests and Quizzes 25% of your grade
    Students have several assessment opportunities throughout the semester. We will have written assessments to make sure students understand how to read music and count rhythm and playing assessments so that I can hear each student’s playing ability. Some playing tests will be live but most will be recorded via smartphones using the schoology app.

  2. Performances (ours) 20% of your grade
    All required performances are mandatory for every band student. Excused absences from performances include:

    Illness with parent/guardian contact
    Family emergency with parent/guardian contact
    Notification of absence at least 2 weeks prior to the performance date by a parent/guardian (family vacation/activity)

    If you are excused from the performance, you will need to consult the “Missed Performance Make­Up” sheet found on the MS Band Website under the Downloads section

    Unexcused absences from performances include: Illness without parent/guardian contact

    Family Emergency without parent/guardian contact
    Notification of absence less than 2 weeks prior to the performance Sports obligations (we can usually work these conflicts out) Disinterest

    Any unexcused absence cannot be made up and will result in a zero for the performance grade.

  3. Live Performance Observation (Listening Requirement) 20% of your grade
    Once per marking period students should find time after school or on the weekend to attend a live music performance featuring or including their band instrument. All information regarding this portion of the grade can be found on the “MS Performance Attendance Rubric” found on the MS Band Website. 

Class Procedure and Rules

  1. Check the screen for daily announcements, class objectives, and assignments. Get out all necessary materials (instrument, accessories, music stand, music, PENCIL).

  2. When the teacher steps on the podium all warming­up and talking should stop. With many students in a band, it can get loud. Please pay attention for this signal to begin class.

  3. Remember to raise your hand if you wish to have the attention of the class. Please do not talk out or distract from others’ education.

  4. If you have a question or concern NOT RELATED TO THE REHEARSAL always ask the teacher who is NOT leading the rehearsal.

  5. The only things found on your music stand should be: your music, book and pencil. The stands were not designed to hold binders or text books. (Or instruments and people!)

  6. School instruments should always be stored in the designated cubbies (on the right side and back of the room as you enter). Personal instruments should always be stored on the left side of the room as you enter).

  7. Only the percussionists may touch the percussion equipment.

  8. You may play the piano after receiving permission from the teacher.

  9. Nobody is allowed to touch an instrument that does not belong to them in any way.

  10. Please write down your instrument serial number and keep it at home in a safe place.

  11. This class may not be recorded in any way without the prior permission of the instructor.

  12. Do not bring a device to class unless instructed by the teacher.

  13. Anything other than instruments is not allowed in the instrument cubbies (music should be stored in your hallway locker)

Mark Wells,
Oct 2, 2016, 7:01 AM