Below is the "Reader's Digest" version important Guitar information I provided on the first day of school. Scroll down to read the classroom disclosures. Remember to click the button at the bottom of the page to access the Disclosure Document Signature Page.
Rehearsal Skills & Formative Assessment 40%
Concert Report 15%
Be aware: one Concert Report is due each term
CMMS Grading Scale:
A = 100 - 87.5
B+ = 87.4 - 81.3
B = 81.2 - 75
C+ = 74.9 - 62.5
C = 62.4 - 50
D+ = 49.9- 37.5
D = 37.4 - 25
F = 24.9 - 0
All students start each term with an "S" in citizenship.
No one's citizenship is final until the end of the term.
Honors = 0 - 1 demerit
Satisfactory = 2 demerits & disruptive behavior
Needs Improvement = 3 demerits & disruptive behavior
Unsatisfactory = 4+ demerits & disruptive behavior
Students earning a "U" for Citizenship may be asked to find another class
Ms. Swallow prefers to have rehearsals that are both rigorous AND fun. However, if she had to make a choice, she would rather her rehearsals be rigorous & effective. Students whose behavior compromise the effectiveness & efficiency of our rehearsals will receive Citizenship Demerits. These behaviors include (but are certainly not limited to):
~ being Tardy to class
~ disruptive or disrespectful behavior
~ chewing gum
~ any use of "sentence enhancers" during rehearsal
Guidelines & Rehearsal Procedures:
Please be aware that it will take around a week for us to make sure everyone has an appropriate instrument and the method book. Please make arrangements as quickly as possible so that we are able to start working immediately. Also, it will take us a couple of weeks to be able to play for the entire class period (especially on block days). Guitar is a skills-based class and finger strength, dexterity, and callous build-up is better developed a little at a time. It may seem as though we do not play much in the first month. Bleeding and cracked fingertips and "tired" hands and arms do not make for a successful guitar experience.