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Why Band Exams????

 

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Why Have

Band Exams

Anyway?????

 

I have several reasons for wanting to have band exams.
My goals are:

noteTO HEAR EACH STUDENT INDIVIDUALLY

  • I want to listen to one person rather than 70-some.
  • I like to hear the student showoff for me.
  • It is important to periodically give personal, immediate feedback on student's strengths and weaknesses.
  • It gives me a chance to coach each student on how to handle being nervous, which is something that happens to all of us in MANY different situations (not just music).

noteTO PUT ON SOME "PRACTICE PRESSURE"

  • Students often think, "It's graded and alone; I've got to practice!"
  • Often exams get kids going who otherwise don't practice much. They then sometimes decide the music is more fun when they can play it well -- practicing pays off!
  • This process can create new practice habits.
  • Or, at least it creates two times per year that everyone practices!

noteTO COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS ABOUT A SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE

  • I want parents to see an assessment for a specific performance with all its strengths and weaknesses. The parents will be able to compare my assessment of the student's performance with the student's assessment of the performance.
  • I ask for feedback from parents as well as giving feedback to parents
  • I want the parents to have a sense of where his / her child stands on the overall continuum of musical progress
  • I want to remind parents of grading criteria in band so that they can better understand the program and better help their child succeed.

noteTO MAKE THE KIDS NERVOUS! (yes, this really is one of my goals for exams!!)

  • Everyone's body reacts differently to nerves. I want each student to specifically focus on, "How does my body react?"
  • Then, we can talk about what techniques can the student can use to overcome the nerves.
  • And of course, every time you do something like this, it is practice in overcoming the effects of nerves!

Parents!! Contact me if your young musician is panicked or having trouble with the exam material.

This exam is not intended to see who is good enough and who isn't; its purpose is to assess the musician's current progress and determine what is going well and what he/she should be focusing on next.

If the material is too difficult, an alternative assignment
can be supplied at no loss of points
.
I want to hear the child's BEST! :-)

 

Band Exam Intro
For more info about exams and to find the exact requirements, some hints and the assessment sheets

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