Elementary Instrumental Music Report Card Rubric
There are 4 grading criteria that we use on the instrumental music report card. The first is Preparation-Participation. While it is not a musical component, it is, however, the singular most important behavior in determining success for a band student. The goal here is that your child practices the recommended amount (15-20 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week for a minimum of 75 minutes per cycle), completes the practice record chart with a signature, brings the instrument and music to class, and follows rules and procedures for class.
The second area of evaluation is called Melodic Performance. In this category we are measuring the students ability to perform notes with an acceptable grade level tone quality. Key components of achieving a good tone quality are proper posture, delivering air correctly to the instrument, and tonguing notes. Also, technique (the ability to progress accurately from note to note) is measured here.
The third area of evaluation is called Rhythmic Performance. Similar to the previous category, we evaluate students ability to maintain a steady beat in music. In addition to this, we are also evaluating the student's ability to interpret multiple rhythms while maintain the steady beat. Finally, a student's ability to correctly play rhythms while other students perform different rhythms is also evaluated.
The final grading criteria on the instrumental music report card is Music Literacy. Music Literacy refers to the students ability to interpret the symbolic notation, and transform it to pitch or rhythm on an instrument. This is different than Melodic Performance and Rhythmic Performance, but the three criteria definitely have influence on one another. In addition to notation, we also examine how students interpret music terminology, theory and dynamic/articulation symbols. Finally in this category, we examine how students are understanding music's relationship to history/culture and how students respond critically and aesthetically to music performances.