Junior High Band
Grading Tips


Playing Tests (26% of grade) - Once a week there was some kind of test. In a typical quarter we would have six playing tests, two tuning tests and one written test. (See Testing Tips/Performance Skills for more details)

Written Test (10% of grade) - Once each quarter, there was a written test that covered the district and state guidelines and national standards that were difficult to cover in a rehearsal setting. (See Written Tests for more details)

Video Disclaimer

The attached videos are not perfect examples of how each tune should be played. They are recordings of junior high students, some of whom have had their instruments for only a few months. Also, they are not professional recordings. They were taken by band parents using home equipment and naturally focusing on their own children.

I include them for two reasons: (1) To give you an idea of what the arrangements are like, and (2) To illustrate the kind of performance you can expect from your junior high students.