Music

WELCOME TO THE WALKERSVILLE ELEMENTARY MUSIC DEPARTMENT!

Holly Fleger
holly.fleger@fcps.org
(240) 236-1053

Sarah Knox
sarah.knox@fcps.org
(240) 236-1020


Recorders:

Picture of RecorderRecorders are required for all students in third, fourth, and fifth grade and are available for purchase from the school.  The recorders are $4.00 and are higher quality instruments which will facilitate proper breath and technique in our young players. 

The recorders were ordered at the beginning of August and have not yet arrived.  However, you can reserve a recorder for your student by sending $4.00 (cash preferred) to school in an envelope with your child's name and homeroom teacher.  Your child will be marked paid and recieve his or her recorder as soon as they arrive.


Chorus:

It's time to sign up for the Chorus!  All fourth and fifth grade students will receive permission slips the week of September 4th.  
If you wish to join the choir, simply return your permission slip.  No audition is necessary and all are encouraged to join.  Each year we present a Winter and Spring program.  A change for this year is chorus rehearsals will be before school on Mondays from 8:00-8:40.  If transportation is difficult, please consider carpooling with a friend. 

This year's winter program will be presented at Walkersville Elementary School on Thursday, December 6th.  Please mark your calendars. 



Grading Guidelines for Elementary Music:

Report card grades in music are based on multiple evidences.   Grades communicate a student’s: (1) mastery of curriculum standards and indicators, (2) progress toward meeting standards and indicators, and (3) are an indication of participation and effort.  Music is an active, performing art.  Participation is expected. 

Parents can find the standards and indicators for Elementary music here.


GRADING POLICY

  
Kindergarten will receive one of the following grades in music this year:
I     Independently applying music skills/concepts
X    Consistently demonstrating music skills/concepts
/     Intermittently demonstrating music skills/concepts
--   Not demonstrating music skills/concepts
 
Students in grades 1 and 2 will receive O, S, or N:
O  Student consistently demonstrates participation and effort in class.  Student demonstrates through performance and written assessments an exemplary understanding of skills and objectives in the FCPS essential music curriculum.
S  Student demonstrates participation and effort during the majority of class.  Student demonstrates through performance and written assessments a proficient understanding of skills and objectives.
N  Student demonstrates very little participation and effort during each class.  Student demonstrates through performance and written assessments a less than proficient understanding of skills and objectives.
 
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will receive A, B, C, D, or F:
A (90%-100% or 5 points)
B (80%-89% or 4 points)
C (70%-79% or 3 points)
D (60%-69% or 2 points)
F (less than 60% or 1 point)
Students in grades 3-5 will be given Music Common Assessments during each grading period.  Students in grades 1 and 2 will be given Music Common Assessments once each semester.  These assessments are given in all Frederick County Public Schools and are part of the students' report card grades.
 
ALL STUDENTS:
When points are given for performance skills, we will use the following scale:
Student demonstrates skill with no mistakes.
Student demonstrates skill with few mistakes.
Student demonstrates skill with some mistakes.
Student demonstrates skill with frequent mistakes.
Student is unable to demonstrate the skill.
 
 
When points are given for participation/effort, we will use the following scale:
Student consistently demonstrates excellent participation and effort
Student consistently demonstrates satisfactory participation and effort
Student demonstrates inconsistent participation and effort, but student     
performance is generally satisfactory.
Student demonstrates inconsistent participation and effort, and student
            Performance is generally unsatisfactory.
Student consistently demonstrates poor participation and effort. 
 
ALL Music Grades are composed of the following:
50% Lesson Activities, Formative Assessments, Summative Assessments, Product and Performance
40% Process Activities
10% Effort and Participation