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TIM MARTIN

Band and Orchestra Director, Washburn High School

612-668-9376 vm | 612-668-3431 office
tim.martin@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

MISSION

To build a climate through the  ART of music that will foster individual talents, develop self esteem, motivate through daily challenges, and inspire students to become responsible and mature young adults and contributing citizens, with Miller P-R-I-D-E. (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Determination,Excellence)

 

INSTRUMENTAL OFFERINGS

 

Concert Band -- Students with at least one year of middle school playing experience, a positive attitude, and the self

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motivation to improve their skills, are eligible for this course. Various styles of band literature and difficulty of music are used to develop individual and group performance skills. Emphasis is placed on proper breathing, tone quality, intonation, articulation, development of range, and music and reading skills.

 

Wind Ensemble - 10th grade – 12th grade Students with Concert Band playing experience are eligible to audition for this course. A wide variety of styles of band literature and a high level of difficulty of music are used to develop individual and group performance skills. 

 

Chamber Orchestra - Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned string ensemble of student musicians, grades 9-12 who play violin, viola, cello,and  and the double bass, and demonstrate a high level of performance practices.  Advanced techniques, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group.  Students participating must be available for public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and occasional after school rehearsals. 

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Concert Orchestra -- open to all students in grades 9 – 12 who play violin, viola, cello, and the double bass. Proper technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group.  Students participating must be available for public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and occasional after school rehearsals.

 

Jazz Ensembles -- This group studies and performs a variety of literature, including swing, jazz, and rock. Each year, the group performs at concerts, adjudicated festivals, and various civic occasions. Special emphasis is placed on developing improvisation skills and ensemble playing. Membership requires a high degree of musical skill and personal discipline. Auditions will be held the week of September 5th-8th. Click here for detail and materials.

 

 

 

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Questions? Contact tim.martin@mpls.k12.mn.us | 612-668-3431.

 

Chamber Orchestra Syllabus

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Course:    Chamber Orchestra     Semester: All Year     Year: 2016-2017

Teacher: Tim Martin

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Course Description/Overview: The WHS Orchestra Program is open to all students in grades 9 – 12 who play violin, viola, cello or the double bass. Proper technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group.  Students participating must be available for public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and occasional after school rehearsals.

Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble, with auditions in the spring of the previous school year. Emphasis is placed on a high level of techniques and musicianship. Preparation for the State Spring Solo and Small Ensemble Contest will be an integral part to the whole student musician within the ensemble.

Required Materials: Musical instrument either rented from school or student owned, notebook and pencils. Sheet music and folders will be provided by the school. Students will be responsible for those materials.

Course Standards:

National and Minneapolis Music Standards

3.1 Sing, (in Orchestra?) you bet!

3.2 Perform on instruments, alone and with others, through a varied repertoire of music.

3.3 Improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments.

3.4 Compose and Arrange music, demonstrating creativity in using the elements of music for expressive effect.

3.5 Read and Notate music, specifically, whole, half, quarter,  eighth, sixteenth and dotted notes, and rests in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4,  6/8,  3/8 and 2/2 meters.

3.6 Listen and Analyze music by demonstrating a growing knowledge of the technical and theoretical vocabularies of music, and analyze examples of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres, time periods and culture.

3.7 Evaluate music, by developing specific criteria for making informed evaluations of performances and compositions.

3.8 Relationships between music and the other Arts, and other content areas, by explaining how characteristic elements, artistic processes and principles are used in similar and distinct ways.

3.9 Through History and Culture, explain the uses of music.

Course Units and Summative Assessments: 

Unit 1- September –October – Foundations of Performance Practices- Fall Concert  Performances

Students will review the foundations of performance practices. 

Proper Posture

Proper instrument and bow techniques

Instrument Maintenance

Note and Rhythm reading

Playing “In tune means In Tone.”

Students will practice and prepare Fall Concert music.

Ways to practice efficiently

Listening to different styles of music for interpretation

Student Assessments

Formative- Daily and when needed.

Summative- Pitch and Rhythm Reading

Unit 2 – October- Fall Concert Preparation

Students will maintain the foundations and performance practices of their instrument, and playing in an ensemble.

Students will practice and prepare music for Fall Concert Performance.

Student Assessments

Formative- Daily and when needed.

Summative- Fall Concert performance.

Unit 3- November/December- Holiday Concert Preparation

Continued review of the foundations of performance practices

Students will practice and prepare music for Concert Performance.

Student Assessments

Formative- Daily and when needed.

Summative- Concert performance.

Unit 4- January- End of Semester.

 Continued review of the foundations of performance practices

Students will practice and prepare their District Wide major/ Minor Scale Assessment. 9th grade will prepare 12 major scales, 10-11th grade will prepare 12 minor scales , based on District wide performance standards

Formative – Daily and when needed.

Summative – District Wide Major/ Minor Scale Assessment.

Unit 5- February- Jury- Solo and/or Small Ensemble music.

Continued review of the foundations of performance practices

Students will practice and prepare music for solo or small ensemble in class performances.      

Winter Concert music preparation      

Formative – Daily and when needed.

Summative – Solo/ Small Ensemble Performance   

Unit 6- March – Winter Concert            

Continued review of the foundations of performance practices

Students will practice and prepare music for Concert Performance.

Student Assessments

Formative- Daily and when needed.

Summative- Concert performance.

Unit 7 April – May - Spring Concert Music and Ensemble Contest

Continued review of the foundations of performance practices

Students will practice and prepare music for Concert and Contest Performances.

Student Assessments

Formative- Daily and when needed.

Summative- Concert and Contest performances.

Unit 8- May- June  - End of Year Review and Graduation Music

Continued review of the foundations of performance practices

Students will practice and prepare music for Concert and Graduation Performance.

Student Assessments Formative- Daily and when needed.

Summative- Concert and Graduation performance.

Grading:    60% Assessments, Concerts and Performances. Students are required to perform at all performances

40% Daily Participation- has instrument, music, and positive performance practices.

Grading scale 

WHS GRADING SCALE

Grade Definitions

A A-

93.00 - 100%

90.00 – 92.99%

Exemplary work

 

B+ 

87.00 – 89.99%

Proficient/Thorough work

83.00 - 86.99%

 

B- 

80.00 – 82.99%

 

C+ 

77.00 – 79.99%

Acceptable work

73.00 – 76.99%

 

C- 

70.00 – 72.99%

 

D+ 

67.00 – 69.99%

Mediocre work

63.00 - 66.99%

 

D- 

60.00 – 62.99%

 

0 – 59.99%

Unacceptable work

 

Grade Make-Up:  Students who miss a performance for any reason must see the director and will be given an alternative assignment based on the music performed for the concert.

Performance tests can be made up before school, lunchtime, or after school.

NO MORE THAN 30% OF THE QUARTER GRADE WILL BE BASED ON FORMATIVE ASSESSEMNTS

NO LESS THAN 70% OF THE QUARTER GRADE WILL BE BASED ON SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

Re-Learning and Retakes:  There are no retakes for performances. Retakes for in class performance assessments are available up to 2 times within 2 weeks of the due date.

Grading modifications may be made for students with IEP or 504 plans.

 

 

 

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