Membership in any musical group at PMS, you are making a
commitment. This commitment is to yourself and your classmates, as well
as your director. The most important aspect of this commitment concerns
your daily participation; effort and attitude.
Many of the things
that we learn in choir class must take place first on an individual
level but requires a group setting to make happen as a TEAM. It is important that you are present, involved, helpful and cooperative to allow the group to be the very best it can be.
The best way for you to reflect that you understand this commitment is to show it by your ACTIONS
during each and every music event/rehearsal. Supportive of others,
being punctual, showing self-motivation, being prepared for class with
appropriate materials and by making choices that do not interfere with
the learning, safety and well-being of others are examples of acting out
GRADING & ASSESSMENT
Absent from rehearsal?
may earn their missed daily points by practicing 15 minutes outside of
class time for each rehearsal missed. Clearly written or typed
description of what was practiced and self-evaluation of how it worked
(or didn't) is due by the end of the grading period. Your director will
not ask for these make-up assignments. It is the student's
responsibility to turn them in.
Attendance and Participation
Choir classes are performance-based.
We go to great lengths to inform you of upcoming performances.
Participation in these events is comparable to major tests, term papers,
or presentations in other classes. Dates are scheduled in advance and a
calendar of events is issued to each student at the beginning of each
semester in duplicate. It is updated frequently and a calendar is posted
in the classroom. It is the responsibility of each student to check the
calendar on a regular basis.
In order for a student to receive
the maximum points for a performance, he/she must remain until the event
is entirely over. Often there is only one major concert per grading
period. The only excuses for a missed performance are illness, family
emergency, a pre-excused absence through the school office, or another
school related activity. The director must be notified in advance for
the absence to be excused, except in an emergency situation, Mrs.
Since performances comprise forty percent
of a student's grade, it is essential that a student with an excused
absence earn concert points through another means in order to receive a
passing grade. In this case, the student should confer with the director
to determine a suitable project and timeline for completion. It is the
student's responsibility to make this happen.
If transportation is an issue, start setting up carpools NOW for the confirmed dates. If you need assistance we will help, call or email your director.