• Coeur d’Alene High School 2023-2024
    Wind Ensemble, 7th Period
    MONDAY 1:40-2:30
    TUESDAY through FRIDAY 1:30-2:30

    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 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 their selves 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 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, reeds, valve oil, slide cream, etc.

    4. Listening Experience 2023-2024 (Idaho Standard MU:Re7.1.E.Ia)

    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. Scales

    We will be testing scales on a regular schedule - four scales each month.

    • Semester One is Major Scales/Arpeggios and Chromatic Scale
      Semester Two is Minor Scales/Arpeggios

    You will need to submit these assignments electronically by video submission, using your school chromebook.
    These are worth 20 points each and if you are not happy with your score, you may re-submit for full credit until the due date.

    We will be using SCHOOLOGY  for this assignment. There are directions on how to upload a video posted there.

    Each scale + arpeggio will be a separate single video. (one video including the scale and arpeggio)

    Please meet deadlines!

    • Semester One - Chromatic, Four Major Scales due Sep, Oct, Nov (I will assign which scales)
    • Semester Two - Four Minor Scales due Feb, Mar, Apr (I will assign which scales)

    Let me know if you have questions or problems - I’m always happy to help!

    6. Traveling

    Each student in this ensemble will sign a form stating that they will adhere to the School District Policies regarding their behavior while traveling anywhere off school grounds as a representative of Cd'A HS. These policies will be enforced to their full extent. 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.

    7. Dress Standards
    For this ensemble, All Black (Black Long sleeve shirts and Black Pants. Women may choose to wear a long sleeve black dress), BLACK SOCKS AND BLACK SHOES.

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

    9. Marching/Pep Band
    All students of this ensemble are given the option to participate as part of the MARCHING/PEP BAND. Rehearsals will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 2:40 to 4:00 during football season and in the spring semester until the end of basketball season.