Syllabus

 

Tappan Band Calendar of Events 2021-2022

Please check this calendar with your child’s other activities, such as sports.

Bolded events are mandatory for the listed grade level

**INFORMATION ABOUT CONCERTS WILL BE COMING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. IT IS POSSIBLE WE WILL HAVE LIVESTREAM/RECORDED CONCERTS. SOME CONCERTS MAY BE VIRTUAL DUE TO COVID**

September

24   MSBOA All State Applications and Payment Due (7th and 8th Grade)

October

23-24 All State Band and Orchestra Auditions (7th and 8th Grade Only)           Saline HS

December

7 7th Grade BOC Concert              6:30pm (6:00 Call) Tappan Auditorium**

8 8th Grade BOC Concert 6:30pm (6:00 Call) Tappan Auditorium**

14 6th Grade BOC Concert                               6:30pm (6:00 Call) Tappan Auditorium**

January

TBA Blue Lake Scholarship Auditions (6th-8th)                         Tappan, during school

February

12 MSBOA Middle School Solo & Ensemble (7th and 8th)               Livonia Franklin HS

March

1    Orchestra Night (8th) Hill Auditorium, TBA

5   MSBOA Band Festival (8th)                                                             Pioneer HS (time TBA)

16-18 Jazz Band Auditions (7th)         1st Hour, Tappan

19   Bands In Review (8th)                                           6:00pm Pioneer HS, call time TBA

April

TBA High School Band Auditions (8th)                       2nd Hour, Tappan

May

12 Spring Band Concert  (6th, 7th, Jazz Band)              6:30pm (6:00 Call) Tappan Auditorium**

22 Picnic Pops (8th)                                                             Pioneer HS, Time TBA

24 AAPS Jazz Summit (Jazz Band)                         Huron HS, Time TBA 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Tappan Bands

 

Grades: Grades will be updated on a weekly basis.

Playing Quizzes / Practice Logs

Band is an interactive experiential learning environment. Group success is dependent on the continuous musical improvement of every student. Be practiced & prepared for rehearsal every day – make it a part of your routine!

7th/8th ONLY – Playing Quizzes  may determine your concert parts. There will be at least one playing test before each concert.  Playing tests may be retaken in person for a better grade during Advisory, but a retake will not change your part placement.

6th/7th/8th-Practice Logs  are designed to help understand the technical aspects of our music, set goals, and develop independent practice habits.

Public Performances / Demonstration of Skills

All of our concerts play an important part in each individual student’s musical development. Additionally, every band member’s success is interdependent on one another. We work very hard to avoid school conflicts when planning the concert schedule. It would be appreciated if parents could help students resolve any outside conflicts that might occur by sharing the concert dates with non-school activities. Band concerts are graded as tests and are worth 100 points.

Excused Absence If a conflict absolutely cannot be resolved and you must miss a concert, notification must be received in writing at least three weeks before the concert.  If your director excuses the absence, you must schedule a time to perform the entire concert for the director, watch the concert, and write a review in order to make up the concert grade.  Students have two weeks from the date of the concert to schedule and make up the grade. 

Unexcused Absence If the absence is not excused, or the student does not come to the performance, the student may not make up the grade. Missing the concert without notification will result in a zero for the concert and cannot be made up.  

Emergency Absence It is understood that emergencies and illnesses will occur.  In these cases, a parent phone call or email will be necessary for consideration of an excused absence.  If the absence is excused, the student will have two weeks to complete a makeup assignment.

Rehearsal Skills / Participation:  

Materials Checks – Each student in all grades will have the opportunity to receive 5 points for being prepared for class. Materials checks are not always announced in advance. 5 points are for being in their seat on time at the bell prepared to learn, and having their instrument, music, pencil, and a planner out and ready. Note: Tappan will only be using school provided planners for hall passes and they must be brought daily to all classes, including electives.


Daily Participation – Every student will receive 20 points at the beginning of each week.  Points will be deducted as follows:

Forgotten Instrument: 5     Missing Music:  3    Missing Pencil:  1 

Talking, Inappropriate Behavior, Posture or Effort: Deductions will be determined by director based on persistence/severity.

Meeting Wynton Marsalis, Winter 2018

Hill Auditorium. Photo by UMS

Class Materials: We expect all students every rehearsal to be In Class, On Time, Every Day, with Materials, Engaged in Learning.

  • Pencil
  • School-issued planner
  • Instrument 
  • Music / Method Book / Folder
      • Each student will be given their part for each piece at the beginning of the concert cycle. It is your responsibility to keep track of all the music and have it at each rehearsal. You will also receive a band method book that you must return at the end of the year in good condition.  If you lose this book or do not return it at the end of the year, you will be charged the replacement cost. Students will also be given a folder in which to store their materials.
  • Tuner & Metronome
    • Every student should have a tuner and metronome at home for use during practice. If you do not wish to purchase a physical tuner/metronome, we suggest downloading the following apps: Instune, TonalEnergy Tuner, Tempo by Frozen Ape. Google also has a free metronome available for no download.

Concert Uniforms*

Top:  Plain white dress shirt (must have sleeves, no tank tops).

Bottom: Solid black dress slacks/skirt (no jeans/leggings. Skirts must comfortably cover knees when seated), black socks/nylons/tights (legs must be covered), black dress shoes (no tennis shoes or boots)

*The school does not provide band uniforms. Let us know if you need financial assistance obtaining uniform items or t-shirts. The first time you will need the uniform is for the December concert. 

 In School Events, Spring Concert, and Picnic Pops: Tappan Band T-Shirt! 

Tappan Band T-Shirt orders will be coming SOON

Instrument Rental

Tappan Rental Instruments Tappan does own a collection of instruments that we are able to give out based on availability and instrument type. Families with a financial need or students receiving free or reduced lunch will be given an instrument to rent through Tappan at no cost.

Specialty instruments We are able to provide tubas, euphoniums, french horns, oboes, bassoons, bass clarinets, bari/tenor sax for students. However, if you are able to rent an instrument, we encourage you to do so.

 Instrument Guarantee If you are renting through Tappan, you are responsible for all materials loaned to you and covering the cost of any damages that may occur. You will be asked to sign a Guarantee Form which will be used to assess damage at the end of the year. 

Renting through an outside store: We have information in the Tappan Band room regarding stores through which you can rent an instrument. Please contact Ms. Stout or Mr. Beery for further information.

Buying an Instrument: Purchasing an instrument is a big investment. Please ask a director for advice and assistance if you wish to purchase an instrument.

Private Lessons 

Private lessons are very worthwhile for any student at any level of progress or ability.  They serve to supplement and enhance the learning your student is already engaged in.  One-on-one attention is an ideal form of instruction that can increase your child’s confidence on their instrument and make it more fun. We highly encourage all students take private lessons. Small group lesson options are available in addition to traditional private lessons.  We can provide you with some names of teachers in the area.

MSBOA All State and Solo & Ensemble (7th & 8th Grade Only)

Through the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA), 7th & 8th grade students can choose to participate in two events throughout the year.

All State audition excerpts and forms will be distributed the first week of school. Registration is due by October 1st. Auditions will be held at Saline High School on October 23-24th. All State performances are at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids January 27-29th, 2022.

Solo & Ensemble. You may sign up in October to perform a solo work and/or to perform with others in a small ensemble (i.e. a duet, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, or septet.) to receive a rating and feedback. There is a fee for participation in this event. The exact amount will be known in October.  S&E will be held at Livonia Franklin High School on February 12th.

Band Extras
Summer Music https://www.a2schools.org/domain/2218 AAPS offers a summer music curriculum that meets M-Th for about an hour for the month of July. This is a great way to meet other band students around the district and keep up your playing skills over the summer. Jazz Band opportunities are available for bass players and Intermediate & Advanced Bands are available for all instruments. Fee for class ~$205 / instrument rental $50
AAPS Music Scholarship https://www.a2schools.org/Page/9703 Each year AAPS offers scholarships for students wanting to attend summer music programs. Scholarships are audition based and held in February.

8th Grade Advisory Jazz Band 7th Grade students who play a band instrument, bass, drums, or piano may audition for jazz band in the spring of their 7th grade year. 

High School Auditions High School Band is a rich and supportive musical experience. Students interested in auditioning should prepare for auditions in April. More information coming soon.

Classroom Rules & Expectations

Be on Time

Prepared

With Materials

Engaged In Learning

Be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe

Parent Communication

Parent communication will most often be via email. Please make sure your email is correctly listed in PowerSchool. Important documents, assignments, and updates will also be available on the band website (www.tappanbands.org)

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Ms. Lauren Stout: stoutl@aaps.k12.mi.us

Mr. Craig Beery: beeryc@aaps.k12.mi.us 

(734) 994-2011 ext. 35419 

This and other information is available on the band website: 

www.tappanbands.org