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FAQ of 6th Grade Beginning Band in the Shiloh Cluster of Gwinnett County Public Schools



DO ALL STUDENTS BEGIN AT THE SAME LEVEL?

        Band begins the 2nd Week of school in the sixth grade. The majority of students have never played a band instrument before. However, some students (very few) have already begun private study on an instrument. Regardless, our curriculum begins from the VERY beginning - "This is how you hold your instrument."



WHAT CORE CLASS DOES MY CHILD MISS?

        Absolutely none! Band is scheduled during the Connection period. All students in band receive 90 minutes of of Band instruction every other day. Music classes at Shiloh MS are the only Connections classes that you are able to choose. All other Connections classes are chosen for the students.



DO BAND STUDENTS RECEIVE A GRADE IN THEIR INSTRUMENTAL CLASSES?

       Yes, they do receive letter grades. Grades in band are not based solely on ability, but rather responsibility. There are 10 points possible each week: Students will receive up to 10 points for simply turning in their Weekly report with the amount of time a student chooses to practice on the weekend. A student may choose to lose a point each day for not having their book, their instrument, or a pencil. Students will also be given random tests or passoff evaluations to evaluate their musicianship and their ability on their instrument.



HOW MUCH TIME OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL IS REQUIRED?

       Since classes are held every other day, students are expected to take their instrument home every night.
       The only opportunity students have to experience a full band rehearsal setting is during an after-school band rehearsal. During these rehearsals, students will rehearse with the entire band for two concerts to be performed during the year.
       Other than individual practice on weekends, the extra full band rehearsals each week, and two evening concerts, there is no other required time commitment expected.



WHAT IF MY CHILD DECIDES HE/SHE DOESN'T WANT TO BE IN BAND ANYMORE?

       As we tried to impress on each student during his or her 5th and 6th grade year of recruitment,the greatest amount of basic learning is done during the first year. The beginning year of playing an instrument is a one-year commitment. Special considerations have been made for each of these students. Counselors work very hard to make certain the Connection classes are balanced. The Connection schedule is based upon many factors, and moving a student out of that schedule creates many problems. Except for special circumstances, placement in 6th grade band is for the entire year.



MY CHILD IS HAVING SOME PROBLEMS; WHAT SHOULD I DO?

       Call us! We try to stress to each of our students and classes that we expect them to come to us for extra help. We are each at school every morning by 8:15. The band room is usually buzzing with activity. We want to give extra help! We are also available to stay after school. Please give us a day's notice, in case we have meetings or required functions.
       Some parents choose to have their child take private instruction on their instrument. This certainly will help. If you have questions about how to go about attaining lessons for your child, please ask us for a list of teachers in the area.



I NEVER HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN BAND. HOW COME?

       The ONLY reason would be that the information never made it home! The first week of school we sent home an activity list involving every band student at Shiloh for the entire school year. We will always keep parents conversant of upcoming activities with reminders two weeks before the event and the week of the event. EVERY beginning band student receives a weekly "Friday Report." Each weekend you should see a report with information regarding what your child learned in band that week, what grade they received on the passoff evaluation (if they had one), what they will be working on the following week, and what the next passoff evaluation will be. Students are to perform for someone in their family each weekend, record their amount of practice, and have parents sign the form every week. This is to keep you informed of their weekly progress to avoid any surprises.




Do you have a question of your own? PLEASE let us know.
Communication is of utmost importance in the success of your child.
We want to make this experience the absolute best experience
your son or daughter has had. Shiloh Middle's band room phone # is 770-736-4585.

We are committed to providing your child
the best instrumental music education they can receive
ANYWHERE.






Jacob Sevier|James Hemphill