DearSpringHarborMusic Students and Parents,
Welcome to an exciting new year of music! This letter will give you information about grading, concert dates, and materials for music class. I look forward to working with you.
Music Director, SpringHarborMiddle School
General Music at SpringHarbor concentrates on developing young voices. We do exploratory guitar and piano throughout the year and some composition and multi-track recording, but we compete and perform as vocal ensembles.
Grading:an academicrating systemof 0-4, is used for each of the power standards based on the following criteria:
Skills and Techniques: individual singing assignments,practice time, skills assignments
Knowledge: practicing and passing piano and guitar songs, music reading assignments, solo vocal project
Application: Daily participation and concert assignments
Study Skills: a rating of most of the time, some of the time, or rarely is given for study skills based on the following:
Uses time productively – Is the student singing/playing when asked, not talking or playing out of turn?
Prepared for class - Does the student bring a pencil and sheet music/book to class daily?
Cooperates with others – Is the student able to sing and play in a group, work as a team, and get along with the other students?
Everyone MUST practice outside of class to make sure all students can enjoy an excellent sounding group. This is typically the only work given to be completed outside of class. If it is not possible to practice at home, please make arrangements for before-school, lunchtime, or after-school practice at SpringHarbor. 10-20 minutes a day with one day off per week is the expectation for everyone. Like any physical or mental training, a shorter daily routine is more beneficial than one or two long sessions per week.
Extra Opportunities:Madison Youth Choirs, participating in solo and ensemble contest in the spring, taking private lessons (see the SpringHarbor music website, or ask or email me, I have a list of teachers), or attending concerts (put the program on my desk with your name on it.)
A pencil. Every day.
6th grade: Guitar Method 1 by Aaron Stang, Warner Bros Publications (blue book)
7th grade: Guitar Method Book 1 second edition by Will Schmid and Greg Koch (black book)
See me for loaners if you need financial assistance.
Piano music and vocal music will be loaned out to students like a library book free of charge. Fines may be assessed for lost music.
Please notify me in writing signed by a parent as soon as possible (preferably at least two weeks ahead) if you know you cannot attend one of these events so I can reassign parts and arrange for make-up work. Please aim for black and white dress clothes for concert attire if possible.
Here are this season's show dates:
Wednesday, November 10th 7PM 6th, 7th, and 8th graders sing inSpringHarbor M.S. gym
Wednesday, February9th6PM 6th, 7th, and 8th graders sing in SpringHarbor M.S. gym for the Heritage dinner
Wednesday, May 25th 6PM 6th, 7th, and 8th graders sing on the SpringHarbor M.S. lawn
I have read this letter and understand the grading policy. I intend to obtain the required materials and practice my concert music and I have marked on my calendar the concerts, all of which I can attend.
Student's Name: (please print) ______
Please return this portion of the letter to Mr. Jaeger by Friday, September 10th. Consider this your first assignment. :)
Jane Ferris 257.1428, 256-1516
Carol Dewyer 233.8541
Shad Wenzlaff 695.4005
Rachel Edie Warrick238-9511
Joel Spiess 232-1510
Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld 215.6795 x2818
Shad Wenzlaff 695.4005
Alena Harrison 236.0739
Larry Elliot 233.0546
Steve Radtke 715.304.8622
Lessons for all instruments:
MemorialHigh School 663.6145
UW School of Music student teaching division 263.1900
Drums N Moore 661.4442
Music Tree 833.4488
EastwoodSchool of Music 245.0200
Ward Brodt 661.8600
Good 'n Loud 231.5990
Drums N' Moore 222.3786
Join Madison Youth Choirs: 238.7464