One of our most important roles is that of an advocate for Arts Education. In school music programs it is critical that we develop a culture which supports performances as part of the curriculum. This support translates into an understanding that performances are a required part of program participation and may be assessed and assigned a grade.
This is the description we use for performances. This is sent out with every communication about performances,
Concerts and performances are public presentations of extended units of study and are an authentic artistic experience.
Performances are assigned 600 points each and are assessment opportunities for students to demonstrate combined mastery of all concepts studied throughout the year.
Any conflicts with performance dates must be communicated 10 business days in advance for student to receive an alternate performance based assignment.
Excused Absences and Alternate Assessments
Students who experience a serious emergency, illness or have made advance arrangements (minimum of 10 business days) for a planned absence will be given the opportunity to complete a performance based alternate assignment. The average of the points received on the assignment will be used for the performance grade.
Students who have not made advance arrangements for a planned absence and miss a performance will not be given the opportunity to complete a performance based alternate assignment.
This information and policy is not 100% airtight and we have had situations where we have used our (or our administration's) discretion to adjust the make-up opportunities. However, this policy has given us a strong foundation for establishing a healthy culture for successful performances.
Student Performance Rubric