• Coeur d’Alene High School 2023-2024
    Jazz Band
    Zero Period (6:40 – 7:30)

    Jim Phillips, Director


    1. Syllabus of the year – Performances (more may be added)
    See website calendar for most up to date performance schedule

    At CHS, we believe that class attendance is crucial for your ability to be engaged and participate in your learning.  Absences should be minimized as much as possible.  When you are unable to be in class, please email me/check Schoology to see what you have missed in class.  If absent, you are responsible for getting assignments, notes, and other information and making up any labs, quizzes, or tests you have missed.  Planned absences (3 or more days) must be approved through the front office and make-up work discussed before you leave.  
    A student who accrues ten or more days of absence during the semester (including both excused and unexcused absences) will lose credit for the semester.  Credit for the class will be reinstated when the student passes an end-of-course assessment and the student has a passing grade for the course.  School activities are exempted from the total count.  For additional information, please see the school handbook (https://tinyurl.com/chsvikings).

    2. Literature
    We will play a variety of jazz music throughout the course of the year, focusing on the goals and standards set by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Core Arts Standards.


    National Standards for Music Education

    The Core Music Standards are all about Music Literacy. The standards emphasize conceptual understanding in areas that reflect the actual processes in which musicians engage. The standards cultivate a student’s ability to carry out the three Artistic Processes of

    • Creating,
    • Performing, and
    • Responding.

    These are the processes that musicians have followed for generations, even as they connect through music to themselves and their societies. And isn’t competence in Creating, Performing, and Responding what we really want for our students?

    Students need to have experience in creating, to be successful musicians and to be successful 21st century citizens.

    Students need to perform – as singers, as instrumentalists, and in their lives and careers.

    Students need to respond to music, as well as to their culture, their community, and their colleagues.

    These standards provide teachers with frameworks that closely match the unique goals of their specialized classes. The standards are presented in a grade-by-grade sequence from pre-K through grade 8, and discrete strands address common high-school music classes, such as Ensembles and Music Composition/Theory. The standards are provided in “strands” that represent the principal ways music instruction is delivered in the United States.

    We will focus on the process and procedure of learning how to read jazz chord symbols, an elementary understanding of jazz harmony and an appreciation of a number of styles of jazz music.

    We will also be adhering to the Idaho and National Content Standards for Humanities: Music.  You can see those standards here:

    3. Additional materials
    Each student will be required to bring with them to class: an instrument, either their own or one the school is supplying for them; music which they have prepared for the rehearsal in a rehearsal folder; a #2 pencil for marking the music; instrument specific supplies i.e. mutes (straight, cup, harmon, bucket, plunger), reeds, valve oil, slide cream, etc.

    4. Listening Experience JAZZ BAND (Idaho Standard MU:Re7.1.E.Ia)

    Three jazz genres each semester (FAMOUS JAZZ MUSICIANS)
    20 points each (fifteen per semester total)


    There will be an assignment EACH WEEK accessible through SCHOOLOGY.  They will be assigned on Monday of each week and are all due at the end of the semester. If you do not receive a perfect score, you may re-take the assignment until you are happy with the score - up until the due date.

    I will provide the list of pieces. We will be studying specific recordings by specific performers, so be sure you are listening to the right person if you search youTube or iTunes. You will have to log in to SCHOOLOGY to access each weekly assignment. There will be ten questions each week. 

    5. Trips
    Each student in this ensemble will sign a form stating that they will adhere to the School District 271 Policies regarding their behavior while traveling anywhere off school grounds as a representative of Cd'A HS. These policies will enforced to their full extent. The Jazz Band will be traveling more than other performing groups, so the expectations of behavior and commitment are higher, as we will be representing our school and our community.  Each student in this ensemble is requested to pay the $25 transportation fee to the Activities Secretary. (Students may be required to register through Register My Athlete for tracking purposes)

    6. Dress Standards
    For Jazz Band performances, attire is All Black (Black Long sleeve shirts and Black Pants. Women may choose to wear a long sleeve black dress), BLACK SOCKS AND BLACK SHOES.

    7. Prerequisites
    Students must be enrolled and participating in at least one regularly scheduled CHS music class in order to participate in zero hour Jazz Band. Jazz Band students are also expected to play in the CHS Pep Band so we have good instrumentation.

    8. Grading
    Grades for this ensemble will be broken up into four categories;
    1. Performances (25% - Summative Assessment)
    2. Listening Experiences (25% - Formative Assessment)
    3. Daily Rehearsal (25% - Daily Work)
    4. Online Work/Scales (25% - Formative)