Instrumental Music Handbook

Click INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC Handbook 2016 2017 to download the handbook. The parent signature form needs to be signed and returned by the date specified in the first lesson.


Instrumental Music Enrollment Form

Click here, or on the link above to find a form to be filled out with information on your Orchestra student.


Issue Notes

issue NOTES recallCHARTS display

These are paper forms sent home each time a student comes to the lesson unprepared: no instrument, supplies, and so on. The lost points (100) are restored when the student returns the parent-signed form on the next lesson day following the incident.

Grade Policy

The goal of grading and reporting is to provide the students with feedback that reflects their progress toward the mastery of the indicators and objectives found in the Instrumental Music Curriculum Framework Progress Guide. Students’ grades are comprised of the following percentages each quarter:

  1. 60% Class Work: Class participation, out of school performance participation.
  2. 10% Homework: Home practice, practice journal/records, written assignments.
  3. 30% Assessment: Performance tasks (playing tests/quizzes), written assessments, portfolios, rubrics.

Concert Dress Code


  • Bottoms: Full Length Black Pants or Trousers
  • Tops:
  • Footwear: Shoes must be black dress shoes with low heels, paired with any of the following:
    1. Black Socks
    2. Black Stockings
    3. Black Tights


  • Bottoms: Full Length Black Pants or Trousers
  • Tops: White
  • Footwear: Black dress shoes and black socks.


Students may not wear any of the following items: 

  • Shorts
  • Capris
  • Jeans, jeggins, leggings
  • Sweaters, jackets
  • Sweatpants, athletic shorts
  • Sleeveless Tops
  • Colored Footwear
  • Sandals
  • Boots
  • Sneakers, running shoes
  • Hats
  • Large Hair ornaments

Fingernail Policy

All instrumental students must keep their natural fingernails short: even with the tip of the fingers. Students must adhere to this rule to participate  in the lessons. Accordingly, wearing acrylic fingernails is not permitted, unless they meet this length regulation. Long fingernails, real or artificial,  alter the finger placement on the strings, affecting playing, intonation and hand position. This  negatively affects students’ daily grade for performance, thus, diminishing the report card grade.

The following is an example of acceptable nail lengths for instrumental students: