We pride ourselves on focusing on the fundamentals of music instruction.
With these vital building blocks, our students flourish in and out of the classroom. Student assessment is an important part of your child’s musical journey and assessment is both formal and informal.
Student Assessment Evaluation Protocol for our Children’s Music Programs
Assessment through Progress Reports
Please feel free to check with your teacher regarding progress. You should hear small improvements steadily and your child’s teacher will be happy to discuss expectations with you. Remember, our philosophy is based on musicality. From the start, songs should have a pleasing “conversational” tone with a sense of timing. In addition, Teachers use a rubric based progress report for student assessment and will send these to you several times per year.
Development Analysis – assessment through growth
Musical Development is a cumulative process and some skills take longer than others to improve. With dedicated practice and study, these important skills will benefit not only the student’s academic growth, but their personal growth as well. For this reason, assessment is seen through steady growth in musicianship.
Assessment through communication
Communication with your teacher is helpful in assessing the progress of your child. Above all, you should feel free to ask questions and seek feedback regarding your student’s progress. Please call or email for an appointment with your teacher. They are more than willing to help you and your child. Please take a moment to view this fascinating presentation on the effects of practice on the human brain “How to Practice Effectively”
Practice Incentive Program – Assessment through feedback.
Each year we sponsor a practice program. To participate, students will record a piece or technique they are working on and receive a raffle ticket toward some very exciting prizes. We have awarded iPads, Switch consoles and various Gift Cards. In addition, each recording receives feedback from the teacher with suggestions for improvement and for future pieces and techniques to work on. There is no limit to the amount of tickets a students can receive.
Each year, band students will present at least two evening music programs. Additionally, in-school assembly programs will be presented, whenever possible. Intermediate and advanced students may be selected for our Award winning Honor Band. This band plays in special venues like Washington DC, NYC, Hershey Park, Dorney Park and Disney World.
We are more than just concerts….
Honor Band Concert at Disney