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Welcome to Mr. Caspar's page for the Seneca and WAMS Bands.  Here you will find class information, important dates and helpful links.
Seneca Concert Band Syllabus

Class Syllabi

1. Course Description

This course provides opportunities for students in grades 9 through 12 to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through performance of a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Students will rehearse and perform pieces at the Grade 3 and 4 levels. Study includes the care and cultivation of a beautiful tone, the ability to read music fluently, the building of technical skills, and responsible rehearsal habits. Attention will also be given to relating their musical experiences to the time and culture of the pieces they study. Students will participate in two concerts throughout the year, usually held in December and May. Students are also committed to playing for the Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies in June. Additional opportunities are available in the form of PMEA Festivals, as well as performances in the community.


 
2. Grading

Daily Participation

Daily participation in band rehearsal will be worth 2 points each day. If the student attends rehearsal and is prepared (has music, instrument, pencil, and other materials) they will receive full credit.

2. Performances

Attendance at all scheduled performances (concerts) is mandatory for students participating in the Seneca Concert Band. Participation in band class is unique in that after school performances are considered co-curricular and not extra-curricular activities. As such, the
performances are included as part of the student’s grade despite the fact that they occur during
the evening. Each concert is worth 50 points.  The performance dates are as follows:

 

Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 14 , 2017 7:00PM

Spring Concert - Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:00PM
 
Sax Quartet @ Decide On Seneca Wednesday, November 8, 6:00-8:00PM
 
 
Guitar Syllabus
 

Instructor: Mr. Caspar jim.caspar@wattsburg.org

Period 1-B DAY: 8:04 -9:30          

 

Welcome to Guitar Class with Mr. Caspar! During this course you will learn the basics of how to play the guitar alone, basic music theory, and other skills that will help you in your learning.

Course Requirements:

·         Bring a guitar

·         Take Notes

·         Keep an organized notebook

·         Practice at home

Methods of Instruction:

This class will consist of small group instruction, lectures, video instruction, and individual practice time.

Attendance and Make-up Work:

Daily class attendance will be taken. If a student is late to class, he/she will be marked tardy. If a student has 3 lates to class, they will be referred to the office for a detention. For every third tardy, another detention will be given.

If a student misses class for any reason it is their responsibility to make-up any of the work they may have missed during classroom breaks or at a time scheduled with

 

 

Course Materials:

Printouts taken from A Modern Method for Guitar vol. 1 by William Leavitt

 

 

 

Grading:

Your grade will be based on the school scale:                

A = 100-93%                                                                                      

B = 92-85%                                                                                        

C = 84- 77%                                                                                     

D = 76- 70%                                                                                       

F = 69-0%     

 

Level I = 75%

Assessments require that the student do all the work in class without working with other students, notes, books or any other aides.

Examples: Tests, Quizzes, Mid-term Project, Final Project

Level II = 20%

Student doing work inside or outside of the classroom with an assessment occurring in the classroom.    

Examples: Participation in all required activities (concerts, field trips, etc)

Level III = 5%

Assessments involve student work that will help the student practice and understand the concepts that are being taught. Examples would include

Examples: Group work, Homework, Activities

 

Final Project:

A level appropriate piece, approved by Mr. Caspar, prepared by the student.

 

 

 

 

 

General Class Period Breakdown:

8:00-8:10 Introduction to Lesson

8:10-8:45 Instruction with teacher

8:45-8:50 BREAK

8:50-9:20 Individual Practice/Tutoring

9:20-9:30 Wrap – up Assign Homework

 

 

Welcome to Jazz Class with Mr. Caspar! During this course you will learn the basics playing jazz, jazz history, improvisation and jazz theory.

Course Requirements:

  • Bring Your Instrument
  • Keep A Notebook
  • Participate in class discussions in class and on Yammer
  • Complete Assignments 

 

Methods of Instruction:

This class will consist of small group instruction, lectures, video instruction, and individual practice time.

Attendance and Make-up Work:

Daily class attendance will be taken. If a student is late to class, he/she will be marked tardy. If a student has 3 lates to class, they will be referred to the office for a detention. For every third tardy, another detention will be given.

If a student misses class for any reason it is their responsibility to make-up any of the work they may have missed during classroom breaks or at a time scheduled with

 

 

Course Materials: Printed Music, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Improv Books, Online resources

 

 

 

Grading:

Your grade will be based on the school scale:                

A = 100-93%                                                                                      

B = 92-85%                                                                                        

C = 84- 77%                                                                                     

D = 76- 70%                                                                                       

F = 69-0%     

 

Level I = 75%

Assessments require that the student do all the work in class without working with other students, notes, books or any other aides.

Examples: Tests, Quizzes, Mid-term Project, Final Project

Level II = 20%

Student doing work inside or outside of the classroom with an assessment occurring in the classroom.    

Examples: Participation in all required activities (concerts, field trips, etc)

Level III = 5%

Assessments involve student work that will help the student practice and understand the concepts that are being taught. Examples would include

Examples: Group work, Homework, Activities

 

Final Project:

A level appropriate piece, approved by Mr. Caspar, prepared by the student.

 

 

 

 

 

General Class Period Breakdown:

8:00-8:10 Introduction to Lesson

8:10-8:45 Instruction with teacher

8:45-8:50 BREAK

8:50-9:20 Individual Practice/Tutoring

9:20-9:30 Wrap – up Assign Homework

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Schedule

Mr. Caspar's Schedule

7:40 - 8:00 Homeroom
8:00 - 9:33 Seneca Concert Band/Guitar
9:35-10:20 Plan
10:25-10:55 Lunch
10:55-11:30 6th Grade Lessons
11:30-11:58 5th Grade Lessons
12:00-12:39 7th and 8th Grade Band
12:58-1:44 5th Grade Band/Music
1:46-2:27 6th Grade Band/Music 
About Me
Jim Caspar graduated from Penn State University in 1991 with a degree in Music Education. While at Penn State, Jim performed with the Penn State Marching Blue Band, the Penn State Wind Ensemble, and Centre Dimensions, the university’s top jazz ensemble. Additionally, Jim was Principle Trumpet with the Penn State Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Music Educators’ National Conference and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the country’s premier professional music fraternity. While at Penn State, Jim also performed with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the State College Opera Society’s Orchestra.Jim has played trumpet professionally with a number of bands and ensembles, from studio recordings with the Fred Waring Orchestra to a European tour with a performance and live CD recording at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1996 with the Buzz Jones Big Band.Jim has been a music educator for 19 years and has served as the Director of Instrumental Music for Wattsburg Area School District since 2001. In this capacity, Jim directs, all concert bands, small ensembles and teaches lessons for grades 5 through 12. From 2005-2010, Jim has also conducted various groups with the Greater Erie Youth Symphony Organization (GEYSO), and held the position of GEYSO Music Director from 2008-2010. Jim has served as the Jazz Ensemble Director for the Gem City Band organization for the past 3 years.
Contact Me
Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. You can reach me before school until 7:20am or during my plan period each day from 9:30 - 10;15.
Phone: 814-824-3400 x 3351
email: Jim.Caspar@Wattsburg.org
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