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Grading Policy

Grading Scale
100-92 A
91-83 B
82-74 C
73-65 D
65-below F

Grading in Horizon Orchestra classes will be done on the ‘total points' basis and a letter grade will be assigned from the grading scale above.

Daily Participation:
Students will earn 27 points per week for their attentive participation in orchestra class. There will be 9 categories worth 3 points each and 9 weeks per quarter for a total of 243 points per quarter. Attached to this policy, you can find the rubric for Participation Points.

Concert Participation
Students will earn 100 points for each scheduled orchestra performance. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate themselves along with the teacher evaluation. Attached to this policy, you can find the evaluation to be used by both student and teacher.

Concert Reports
Each student is expected to attend once concert per semester that is college level or above and critique their performance. Each Concert Report will be worth a total of 20 points. Attached to this policy, you can find the critique form that will be used.

Tune Tests
Students will be given a tune test 1-2 times per month. This will consist of checking the students' ability to tune their open strings. Students will be given 2 points per string for a total of 8 points per test.

Each student is recommended to practice 90 minutes a week during the school year.

Playing Tests
Each student will record one scale per quarter on Smart Music. In addition, each student will record an excerpt from their concert music two weeks prior to the concert date. They will need to score a 90% or better to receive credit for their recording. Each playing test will be worth 25 points for a total of 50 points per quarter.

Each student will audition for seating placement in the orchestra. The auditions will be held at the beginning of the year and at the beginning of the second semester. Attached to this policy, you can find the rubric that will be used for grading the audition.

Tests and Daily Assignments
Students will be given periodic written assignments and tests during the course of the year. Points will be earned as assigned by the teacher

Printable Grading Policy (pdf document)
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Performance Rubric (pdf document)
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Audition Scoresheet (pdf document)
File Size: 90.1 kb

Concert Critique Form (pdf document)
File Size: 211.31 kb

Instrument Rental Contract (pdf document)
File Size: 289.56 kb

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