Department Philosophy:

Our educational philosophy is based on arts-based education through performance. We are an award winning, nationally recognized music department and have been designated by the Grammy Foundation as a Grammy Gold Signature School. We are constantly working to improve and enrich every student's musical and educational experiences.

Because music is a performing art, classroom rehearsal and performance attendance is of the utmost importance. We expect every student to be in every class/rehearsal.

We expect every student to be prepared with music, equipment and instrument at every class/rehearsal. We expect every student to be focused and attentive at all times.

Participation at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Failure to do so will result in severe grade penalty. Music is a group endeavor. Missing a performance can be likened in severity to missing an exam. Unfortunately no truly equivalent make-up is possible in that the ensemble performance will not occur again. However students will be required to do a performance jury for the music faculty in case of excused absence from a performance. Students will not be allowed to makeup grade points in case of unexcused absence.

Every member of every ensemble is important! In the rare case where it is necessary to miss a dress rehearsal or performance, students must notify a faculty member in advance. According to MSHSAA rules students must attend classes all day in order to be eligible to participate in an afterschool or evening event.