“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ― Bono
Welcome to the Shoesmith music program! My name is Mrs. Valentin ("Val-en-teen") and I look forward to getting to know each of you and sharing in your musical adventures. I am a percussionist, with extensive playing and marching experience, as well as a music educator and ensemble conductor. I have bachelor and master of music degrees from The University of Michigan and Northern Illinois University. Teaching in the public and private school settings since 1994, I have come to realize that my true joy is not just in listening or even playing music but in sharing it and teaching it to others. To help children come to love and understand the magic of music and its connections to everything human, is a great job perk.
Every good fine arts program needs continual support. So I will be asking for and counting on your participation to help maintain and grow our music program to its full potential. Please understand it will go through transitions as together we shape it to our growing and changing community. Please get involved in our music boosters organization and / or our community band (stay tuned for more upcoming information on both). Please don’t ever hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling school and leaving me your call back number and availability. I will respond as soon as I possibly can.
Music Program Components:
-Curriculum Themes: True Listening, Noise vs. Music, Musical Elements & Their Vocabulary,Music of our Hispanic Neighbors, Peace Through Music, Native American Music, Hip Hop Music and Cultural Movement, Peace Through Music, Music & Community, Music Peformance, The Music Industry, African American Music, Music Theory, Music History, Instrument
-General Music (All Grades)
-Instrument Lessons (Grades 4,5,6)
-Performance Ensembles (Grades 4,5,6)
SUPPLIES: 4th-6th grade students should have the following for music class, marked with student's name.
spiral notebook, pocket folder, pencil.
EXPECTATIONS & GRADING:
Participation & Effort: 60% of the music grade. This grade is based on student on-task time. On-task refers to full listening and engaging in the class activity according to class CHAMP expectations posted in the room. Students begin each class with 100 points. They may lose 1 point each time they lose full participation and are reminded to self-correct and re-engage themselves. They may lose 5 points if their lack of appropriate participation effort distracts or disturbs another student. They may gain points for demonstrating effort above and beyond becoming positive role models.
ASSIGNMENTS: 25%. Periodically we will have written assignments of one type or another during class. Homework will be rare and minimal usually only if classwork is not completed. "Valentin" Rubric applies unless another is given. Late assignments will be accepted but marked down depending on lateness unless student had an excused absence from school. Excused absences that require make up work should be inquired about a.s.a.p. when student returns to school. Re-doing assignments is always allowed as long as the original assignment was turned in on time.
TESTS / QUIZES / PROJECTS: 15%. End of unit assessments will be corrected and graded on a class curve.
VALENTIN RUBRIC: Remember the sentence, Valentin Never Overplays A Cool Drum, and you have the first letter of each category important for success in most music assignments. V=Vocabulary, N=Neatness, O=Organization, A=Accuracy, C=Completion, D=Directions. This rubric is posted in the music room and copies are available for students to take.
BAND: Band students do not receive grades for playing an instrument but they have the opportunity to attend both a small group lesson, with others on the same instrument, as well as full band rehearsal twice a week. Attendance, effort and at home practice are required to remain prepared for rehearsals and performances. Performance privilege may be limited if students are not competent on their individual parts. Group lessons take place for all instruments except percussion, during recess, once weekly. Percussion students meet Mondays and Wednesdays after school 4-5 p.m. Percussion students will learn a variety of styles including orchestral, marching, drumset and folk playing. They will receive instruction on all the percussion equipment and make up the school drum line as well as fill out the percussion sections for concert playing. Full group wind instrument rehearsals take place Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, 4-5 p.m. Instrument loaner fee is $25, for the entire year. Students who have their own instruments have a $10 fee, for use of the band book and maintenance supplies. All students wishing to participate need to pay band fees in the main office to fully register. School materials, collected at the end of the year, in good condition will be used again. Materials returned unusable will be assessed and additional fees may charged to the responsible party as deemed necessary.
**Please remind band students about the importance of practice and remembering to attend lessons and rehearsals!
Lesson and Rehearsal Schedule: Upcoming Performances:
12:35 12:55 4-5 Choir: Spring Talent Show
Mondays Percussion Band: Spring Talent Show
Tuesdays Flutes Clarinets All Winds
Wednesdays Saxes Trumpets Percussion
Thursdays Trombones Violins All Winds
Community Music Events: