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THS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EXPECTATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES When you participate in instrumental music here at THS, I certainly want you to have a good time. However, we are also here to learn, and there are things that students sometimes do that can interfere with that, especially if they persist over time. These include: -interrupting the teacher when he is talking -doodling on your instrument while the teacher is talking -coming to class without your music and other materials, or leaving them lying around the band room at times when you should be using them to practice at home -treating the musical equipment carelessly; for example, leaving amplifiers on, not putting accessories away (capos, tuners, &c.), leaving fragile instruments outside their cases, leaving music and handouts loose on a stand (or, worse, on the floor) Infractions such as these, or others that may arise, will result in the loss of points from your quarterly participation grade. I will keep track of this on a sheet where I will note the date and the type of infraction. In the case of behavior infractions (excessive talking and the like), the points will be based on the number of incidents: for example, the first incident is one point, the second two pojnts, the third three, and so on. Equipment issues will remain at one point for each incident. If you argue with me pointlessly about an infraction at the time of its occurrence, I will double the points. That does not mean you cannot contest a citation, but it must be done after class, and you must give me a compelling argument for rescinding the citation. Some of you like to come to the band room at times before I come in, to practice or jam. I am very glad you want to do that- but the expectations concerning treatment of the equipment are still in force then, and no students who are not in a music class should be brought to the band room. If I come in and find the amplifiers left on, or equipment not put away properly, or if I find out that you have brought non-music students down here, the band room will be closed for the day on the next school day after the infraction. If a problem persists, I reserve the right to close the room for longer, or even for the year. Having said all that, I see no reason why we cannot have a happy and enjoyable year for all concerned, if everyone tries to be careful and responsible.