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Westlake High School
100 North Lakeview Canyon Road
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(805) 497-6711

 
 
“WELCOME” to the Westlake High School Instrumental Music Department
The music department is under the direction of:
 
Brian R. Peter
Band Director
Department Chair, Performing Arts
(805) 497-6711  x3114
 
Liz Blake
Orchestra Director
(805) 497-6711  x2110
 
Mike Gangemi
Associate Director
(805) 497-6711  x3116
 
 
The music department is supported by the:
Westlake High School Instrumental Music Boosters (WHSIMB)
President – Dan Kinney - president@whsband.org

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General Information
Website - www.whsband.org  
 
Please check the website on a regular basis, as this is the best way to obtain the most current information concerning activities and events for the various music groups.  Here are some of the sections you can find on this site.
Home – announcements, email blast, blogs, links, docs, sponsors, etc.
Charms - access our Charms Music Office Database and make sure your contact information is up to date so we can stay in communication with you
Calendar – up-to-date rehearsal, performance, and special event info.
Ensembles - listing of all ensembles, rosters, reference recordings, description, etc.
Forms, Docs, & Itineraries - medical forms, order docs, transportation docs, handbook.
Staff & Boosters – director, staff & booster bios and contact info
IMC & RSL – description and roster of student leadership
Festivals – all info for the WHS jazz and solo and ensemble festivals
Fundraising – list of various fundraisers and docs to help your family raise funds
General Info – director and WHS contact info / WHSIMD class schedule
Private teachers – WHS recommended private teachers in our area
Photos - pictures posted of the music program by the IMC Historian.
Our Sponsors – links to our most generous WHSIMD sponsors
Links – weblinks to our favorite music related websites

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Performances   
Performances are a major portion of a student’s grade. Several concerts are held during the year; the fall concert is held in October, Winter concerts are held in December, SCSBOA festivals are held in March, the Spring concert in late April, and All-District concerts are held in May. There may be additional performances at the discretion of the Directors. Any missed performance will negatively impact a student’s academic grade. Make-up assignments are available for excused absences ONLY; extra credit assignments are available for unexcused absences.

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IMC Instrumental Music Council (IMC)
The Instrumental Music Council (IMC) is a service-oriented group of enthusiastic students who have been selected to accept additional responsibilities in the department.
 
The IMC / RSL selection process includes submission of the following materials:
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • 20 short answer questions
  • Self evaluation
  • Interview in front of a panel of directors, students, boosters and community members
 
IMC positions include:
  • President
  • VP of Fundraising
  • VP of Production
  • VP of Recruiting
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Historian
  • Librarian
  • Public Relations
  • Uniform Manager
  • Brass Equipment Manager
  • Woodwind Equipment Manager
  • Percussion Equipment Manager

These student positions are designed to assist the directors, plan activities for the Westlake IMD, promote the WHSIMD, and organize the end of the year banquet and interface with the Boosters. All students in the WHSIMD are welcome to apply for any position. Interviews are held at the end of the school year. Meetings are held once a week and run by the IMC President.

 
Regiment Student Leadership (RSL)
The Regiment Student Leadership (RSL) is a service-oriented group of enthusiastic students who have been selected to accept leadership responsibilities in the Regiment Marching Band. RSL members assist the directors and staff with organization, logistics, communication, equipment loading and uniform care. In addition, they are responsible for the visual and music performance or their sections, provide peer mentorship and manage the needs of the section members. All students in the WHSIMD are welcome to apply for any position. Applications and interviews are held in April.
 
RSL positions include:
  • Drum Major
  • Assistant Drum Major
  • Horn Sergeant
  • Flute Section Leader
  • Clarinet Section Leader
  • Alto Sax Section Leader
  • Tenor Sax Section Leader
  • Bari Sax Section Leader
  • Trumpet Section Leader
  • Mellophone Section Leader
  • Low Brass Section Leader
  • Tuba Section Leader
  • Battery Section Leader
  • Pit Section Leader
  • Color Guard Captain
  • Assistant Color Guard Captain

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Concert Reports
Concert reports are required for all ensembles. Students may attend concerts that include ensemble performances similar to their own. Concerts must be of the advanced middle school level or higher. Attending performances other than WHS is preferred. The concert report must include a program or ticket stub. Additional guidelines are provided in class and are listed on the website under the “Forms, Documents, and Itineraries section.” Concerts reports are part of the student’s quarter and semester grade.

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Service Hours
Service hours are our way of giving back to our school and community. Service hours can be earned by numerous ways, we only ask they are somehow related to music. Several ideas can be found on our website. Additional ideas can be submitted to the directors for final approval. Orchestra and band have different criteria for service hours. Additional guidelines will be provided in class.

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Chair Auditions
Chair auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. Music selections and requirements will be posted on the website in the fall. Orchestra and Band have different policies. Specifics will be given during class.

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Travel
All students must have a permission slip/medical release form signed at the beginning of the year for all trips. No form = no travel. Students are responsible for making up all class work missed during the school day and notifying their teachers ahead of time that they will be absent. This document can be found online and in the “Forms, Documents and Itineraries” section.
 
 
Music Department SWAG
All students may purchase a department “Dickies” jacket embroidered with their name, instrument, and department logo on the back. Parents can also order these jackets. Additional dept. swag includes, blue polo shirt, Regiment tour shirts, baseball cap, hooded sweatshirt, blanket, and dept decals.

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Instrument Lockers
Each band and orchestra student is provided an instrument locker in the band and orchestra room: some lockers are shared. Students are given a lock and combination at the beginning of the school year. If the locks are not returned at year’s end, a $5 replacement fee will be charged. Music and instruments are the only things stored in the lockers. Textbooks, food and drink are NEVER to be stored in the instrument lockers.

 

The WHSIMD Philosophy
Music Education is the education of human feeling through the development of responsiveness to the aesthetic qualities of sound. Performance classes provide intimate contact with these expressive qualities. 

In this context, performance is not an end in itself, but a means to and end, which includes:

- the augmentation of knowledge and understanding of the structural elements of music, and of music as a creative art form

- the cultivation of habits, attitudes, and appreciations

- the development of each student’s aesthetic potential, sensitivity and responsiveness to that which is beautiful in music.

Students who have participated in the music program should demonstrate knowledge of music as a creative art form in a historical and cultural context; an understanding of the structural elements of music, and relevant eye, ear and hand-oriented musical skills.

It is the intent of the Instrumental Music Department to help students develop their aesthetic potential, to give them an understanding of their own culture and the cultures of others, and to provide a unique vehicle for achieving excellence either alone or in cooperation with others. While some students will discover talents leading to careers in music, many will find that music has the potential to enrich their lives either through performance, study or appreciation.

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Behavioral Expectations
“The best discipline is Self-discipline.” ALL time spent on discipline matters is a waste of time and effort, and is completely away from why we are ALL here, namely the study and enjoyment of music. Therefore, a grading policy that takes into account the attitude of a performer is vital to the development of a performance group that maintains a positive, professional atmosphere in rehearsal and performances. It is important that the students understand exactly what is expected of them if grading of attitude is to be effective. Attitudes almost always translate into actions. The following can/will be used as a checklist when grading the attitude of individual members.

An individual with a positive attitude and self-discipline:

  • Is considerate of the needs and feelings of others
  • Leaves his/her “ego” at the door and becomes a team player
  • Helps others to learn their parts
  • Is helpful and attentive in situations when the director is not present (e.g. sectionals, substitute or student teachers
  • Refrains from making jokes at the expense of others
  • Is courteous to the non-teaching school employees as well as members of the faculty
  • Turns in all music when requested, so as not to become a burden to others who must re-file parts returned late
  • Refrains from using profanity in and around the Music Department, or anywhere they can be identified as an ensemble member
  • Tries to support other members of the department by attending concerts presented by peers
  • Treats all performers with respect, understands what it means to be a “good audience member,” and appreciates all performance with appropriate, supportive behavior
  • Is present at ALL concerts and dress rehearsals, or produces an acceptable excuse well in advance
  • Acts in a mature manner when in public places while with the ensemble
  • Always employs the best techniques and sensitivity in warm-up, rehearsal, and concert;
  • Is on time to rehearsals and concerts
  • ALWAYS brings necessary materials to class
  • Approaches ALL new music with an open mind, seeing each piece as an opportunity to learn
  • Recognizes warm-up time as an important part of class
  • Uses a pencil to mark parts
  • Is quiet at the proper times during rehearsals
  • Acts professional when rehearsing and PERFORMING
  • Practices music regularly
  • Attends concerts away from school of groups performing music similar to that of their ensemble
  • Maintains in proper condition, and wears the appropriate uniform for concerts;
  • Participates in extra-curricular music activities
  • Assists in keeping the rehearsal and performance areas neat, clear, and orderly
  • Does not participate in or encourage vandalism of school property, or the belongings of others
  • Assists after performances or rehearsals with equipment that needs to be moved or attended to
  • Abides by school rules and regulations
  • Does not deface signs posted in the building
  • Does not mistreat school instruments, pianos, etc.
  • Turns in all required documents completed and on time
  • Does NOT thrive on complaining or finding fault with the direction or leadership of the ensemble, or the efforts of its members
  • Employs creative thinking skills to solve problems and voice concerns

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Curriculum goals

What follows is a list of thirty goals (objectives) for the students in the music program. This is followed by specific activities that are designed to help reach the stated objectives - and the procedures used to evaluate the degree of success in reaching those goals. The degree to which some goals are reached will be more objectively observed than others, such as in the case of written quizzes, papers, and additional assignments. Many goals could be considered attitudinal in nature and very subtle to evaluate over just one year. However, when students graduate from the Westlake HS Instrumental Music Program after spending four years in the various ensembles, it is desirable that all of the following goals will have been met to some acceptable degree.

OBJECTIVES

  • Any student at Westlake HS may participate in the Instrumental Music Program, regardless of experience.
  • Every student will be placed in an ensemble of musical peers with equal ability.
  • A student will exhibit professional attitude and behavior during rehearsal and performances.
  • A student will become an independent thinker and self-motivated worker while becoming a team player through directing and/or taking part in productive sectional rehearsal, and performing, whenever possible, without a conductor.
  • A student will become aware of his or her skill level on their instrument in relation to their potential.
  • A student will appreciate the efforts of their peers and/or have an opportunity to be appreciated by their peers.
  • A student will become aware of the “pros” and “cons” of competitive and noncompetitive performances events.
  • A student will understand, appreciate and perform a wide variety of literature.
  • A student will become aware of past and present performers, ensembles, composers, and compositions.
  • A student will be instructed in basic music history.
  • A student will learn how to become a proficient sight-reader of music.
  • A student will learn to take care of the printed musical parts issued to them.
  • A student will learn an amount of music theory related to the ensemble in which they perform.
  • A student will perform all twelve major scales on their instrument.
  • A student will be encouraged to purchase CD’s of their instrument in solo and ensemble performance.
  • A student will identify by ear the difference between major & minor chords and all intervals below a P8.
  • A student will become aware of career or employment opportunities or college-major options available to them in the field of music.
  • A student will engage in performance tours or off-campus concert whenever possible.
  • A student will perform with different conductors and professional musicians.
  • A student will be given the opportunity to perform in a small ensemble setting.
  • A student will have the opportunity to become aware of the skill-level of other musicians their age and of high school ensembles outside of Thousand Oaks, and to interact with students from other high schools.
  • A student will be informed of the opportunities for summer music camp experiences.
  • A student will have the opportunity to be exposed to the teaching styles of other music educators.
  • A student will be encouraged to arrange or compose music and will be exposed to new music by guest composers.
  • A student will become aware of the various music web-sites that exist on the internet.
  • A student will have their talents posted on the internet.
  • A student will have his or her talents recorded on CD.
  • A student will be exposed to the procedures of organizing events such as the annual WHS jazz festival.
  • Interested students will have opportunities to plan aspects of concerts such as stage and lighting design.
  • A student will be responsible for helping to promote audience attendance at all concerts.

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Why is our WHS program unique? Tier 3 Tier 2 Tier 1
       
Tier 3 - "Basic" HS Program (even this is more than most...)      
*Wind Ensemble (H)
*Wind Symphony
*Symphonic Band
*Studio Jazz Ensemble I
*Marching Band - Basic
**Chamber Orchestra
**String Orchestra
Winter Concert - Band / Jazz / Orchestra
Spring Concert - Band / Jazz / Orchestra
5 Home Football Games (in stands pep band only)
       
Tier 2 - "Enhanced" HS Program (Above average programs)      
Part-time Assistant Director - Mr. "G" (2 hrs/wk)  
1 SCSBOA Ratings Festival  
*Concert Band  
**Concert Orchestra  
Symphony Orchestra I (maybe...)  
Lab Jazz Ensemble II  
1 Local Jazz Festival  
All District Band Festival  
Color Guard Class  
2 Local Field Competitions (full marching band)  
1 Drumline Coach  
1 Color Guard Coach  
       
Tier 1 - "Current" WHS Instrumental Music Program      
Assistant Band Director (full time) - Mr. "G"    
Office Manager (part-time)    
Full Percussion staff for Regiment & WDL (4)    
Full Color Guard staff for Regiment & WG (3)    
Full Visual staff Regiment (5)    
Regional Marching Band Competitions (5)    
Regiment State Championships (1)    
Away Football Games (3) - including transportation    
Cllinicians - Concert / Orchestra / Jazz    
Coaches - Concert / Orchestra / Jazz    
Guest Conductors - Concert / Orchestra / Jazz    
Commissions - Concert / Orchestra / Jazz    
Orchestra Chamber Music Program    
Orchestra Retreat    
Out of State / International Travel and Performances (dept trips)    
Local & Regional Jazz Festival (3) - So Cal    
National Jazz Festivals (Reno)    
Symphony Orchestra II    
Concert Jazz Ensemble III    
Jazz Ensemble IV (not every year)    
Jazz Combo Coach    
Jazz Combo I / II / III / IV / V    
1 Local Winter Guard Performances    
6 Regional Winter Guard Competitions    
1 Local Winter Drumline Competitions    
5 Regional Winter Drumline Competitions    

 

 

 

Bell Schedule 2016-2017 School Year

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Per

Class

 

Time

1

Symphonic Band (III)

 

7:00 am–7:54 am

2

Concert Band (IV)

String Orchestra (III)

 

8:00 am–8:55 am

3

Wind Symphony H (II)

 

9:02 am–9:56 am

Concert Orchestra (II)

 

Symphony Orchestra II

 
 

Nutrition Break

 

9:56 am–10:11 am

4

Wind Ensemble H (I)

 

10:11 am–11:05 am

Chamber Orchestra (I)

 

Symphony Orchestra I

 

5

Studio Jazz Ensemble I

 

11:12 am–12:08 pm

 

Lunch

 

12:08 pm–12:48 pm

6

Prep

 

12:54 pm–1:48 pm

7

Color Guard

 

1:54 pm–2:48 pm

8

Regiment (Fall)

Lab Jazz Ensemble II (Fall)

 

See web calendar for rehearsals

Jazz Ensemble II/III (Spring)

Winter Drumline

Winter Guard

 

Jazz II/III TBA
WDL & WG TBA

 

Wednesday (Common Planning Time Schedule)

Per

Class

 

Time

1

Symphonic Band (III)

 

7:05 am–7:53 am

 

Staff Development

 

7:59 am–8:39 am

2

Concert Band (IV)

 

8:45 am–9:34 am

String Orchestra (III)

 

3

Wind Symphony H (II)

 

9:41 am–10:29 am

Concert Orchestra (II)

 

Symphony Orchestra II

 

4

Wind Ensemble H (I)

 

10:42 am–11:30 am

Chamber Orchestra (I)

 

Symphony Orchestra I

 

5

Studio Jazz Ensemble I

 

11:37 am–12:25 pm

 

Lunch

 

12:25 pm–1:00 pm

6

Prep

 

1:06 pm–1:54 pm

7

Color Guard

 

2:00 pm–2:48 pm

8

Regiment (Fall)

Lab Jazz Ensemble II (Fall)

 

See web calendar for rehearsals

Jazz Ensemble II/III (Spring)

Winter Drumline

Winter Guard

 

Jazz II/III TBA
WDL & WG TBA

 

 

Band & Regiment Grading Policy 2016 / 2017

 

* Performance Attendance …………………………………………….                          250 pts each

Any home football game, field show, concert, or festival performances!!         

* Class / Rehearsal Attendance and Tardiness………………………               200 pts / qtr

            Attending classes daily and arriving on time

* Positive & Active Participation …………………………………………                     200 pts / qtr

Rehearsing positively, participating actively,

bringing music & a working instrument to class daily

* Concert Reports………………………………………………...……                                100 pts / qtr

* Assignments…………………………………………………….……                                   varies

recordings, class work, music theory, performance assesment etc.                               

* Chair Testing / Ensemble Placement (graded on a curve)… ………          100 pts each

* Service Hours…………………………………………………………                                   100 pts / qtr

* Make-up assignments…………………………………………...……                            TBD

* Extra credit – 10 page essay…………………………………….……                        TBD

 
 
PERFORMANCES:
Students are required to attend all scheduled performances, as these performances are equivalent to mid-term or final exams in other classes. Please check www.whsband.org for an up-to-date calendar. If a performance is missed for an excused or unexcused reason the student will not receive the 250 points. However, a make-up assignment to make-up the lost points, will be accepted for excused absences only.
 
An “Excused Absence” is:
* An illness documented by a doctor’s note.
* Bereavement for a death in the immediate family.
* Religious holiday.
 
An “UNEXCUSED” absence is:
* Any other reason.
* Only the extra credit assignment can regain these points
 
The MAKE-UP process for an “EXCUSED” absence is:
  1. The student will meet with Mr. Peter, within one week of their return to school.
  2. Assignment details, including length and topic of the assignment, will be determined during the meeting by Mr. Peter.
  3. Once an approved topic has been selected the student will compose a short make-up assignment. * The assignment will NOT be “Explain why I missed the performance.”
  4. The make-up assignment is not a punishment, merely a way for the student to make-up points lost from a missed performance.  
  5. It is the student’s responsibility to follow through on the above guidelines.

 

CLASS / REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS:
Attending every rehearsal is essential to a successful musical experience for every ensemble. Please, schedule personal business around the rehearsal schedule posted at www.whsband.org. In addition, being early is “on time,” and being late is detrimental to having a successful ensemble. Thus, tardiness will lower the attendance and tardiness marks on the quarter and semester grade.

 

POSITIVE & ACTIVE PARTICIPATION:
While participating at rehearsal a positive individual attitude is the key to the success of the group. Students must be respectful of the class-learning environment and be prepared and do their best at all times. Students must always have their music, a working instrument, and all needed resources to fully participate in class rehearsals. Students who come to class unprepared will have a lowered participation grade. Students will be asked to play alone and with others so Mr. Peter can hear individual development and give instruction for further improvement.
 
 
CONCERT REPORTS:
Students are required to attend four (4) live performances for the year, one per quarter. To earn full credit, students must turn in a concert program and write a concert report for each performance. Concert reports will be submitted to www.turnitin.com to deter academic dishonesty.

 

AUDITIONS AND CHAIR PLACEMENTS
Students will participate in ensemble auditions and chair placement auditions. They will be asked to play major, minor, and chromatic scale, perform a prepared piece, and sight-read. Students will be evaluated for note accuracy, pitch, sound quality, control, rhythm, tempo, musicianship, articulation and sight-reading abilities.    

 

SERVICE HOURS
Students must complete 10 (ten) hours of service per semester. Service hours can be fulfilled by: working the WHS Jazz Festival, the solo ensemble festival, playing with the pep band at home and away games, tutoring younger music students, helping with band room projects, assisting with VCHB, assisting with stage seating at concerts, concert usher, selling baked goods at concerts, various fundraisers or anything else music related. Please, ask Mr. Peter or Mr. G ahead of time for service approval if in question. Service hour logs will be turned in by the end of each semester.  

 

EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENTS:
Students are allowed to do extra credit assignments to regain points toward their final grade. Students can write a report on a musical topic of their choice. Students will speak with Mr. Peter, prior to initial composition to obtain approval of the chosen topic. The paper can be up to 10 pages in length and must use MLA format. Depending on the length, quality, grammar and thoroughness of the paper, students can earn back up to 250 points for a missed performance.  

 

Student Name: (print) ______________________________________        Date: ______________

Student Signature: ________________________________________          Date: ______________

Parent Name: (print) ______________________________________           Date: ______________

Parent Signature: _________________________________________          Date: ______________

 

 

Westlake High School Performing Arts Department Staff 2017-2018

Elizabeth Blake - Orchestra
Dede Burke - Drama
Brian R. Peter - Band, Department Chair
Amy Rolniak - Choral Music
Mike Gangemi - Instrumental Music Associate

Tommy Ballas - Westlake HS Carpenter Family Theatre Manager