Weekly Practice Sheets consitute the majority of assigned homework. Practice sheets are due each week on Friday. They will also be accepted the following Monday and Tuesday. After Tuesday the grade will be lowered one letter grade for each week late. Practice sheets should be turned in to the Practice Sheet Box located in the band room.
In addition to daily practice on their chosen instrument, students may also count private lessons, marching practice, non-school rehearsals (honor bands, youth orchestra etc...) and RMS Band performances (students will be told in class how much practice time each performance will be worth). If illness prevents you from practicing, you must turn in a practice sheet and write "Sick" or "Illness."
Students may be given the homework assignment of recording their music. This is usually done in preparation for a specific performance such as a judged Ratings Festival or Parade Competition. This prevents the band from sitting around in class while students are tested individually. Another advantage of recording is that students may take as much time and do as many takes as necessary to get the best recording (and therefore the best grade).
Students may record on CD, tape or any type of media that can be handed in (in recent years, students have turned in mp3 files on flash drives or memory cards or have even recorded using a video or webcam). Students who have a PC can easily use the built in Windows Sound Recorder or download a free program called Audacity (a bit more complicated but allows for easy editing). MAC users can use GarageBand.
For students who do not have easy access to recording equipment, we have a tape recorder available in the band room that they may make arrangements to use.
Alternately, they make arrangements to perform their music live in a one-on-one test.
Redwood Middle School
233 Gainsborough Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (805) 497-7264
Fax: (805) 497-3734
Redwood Counseling Office:
Phone: (805) 446-1962
Fax: (805) 494-8930