Grading Scale and Criteria

Students will be awarded grades based upon the following:

50% Written Work, Daily Rehearsal, and Preparation

Written Work. Written work will focus on musical growth, creativity, insight, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and articulation. If students are absent they are responsible for asking their director about the work that was missed and for completing it by an agreed upon due date.

All written work will be evaluated as though it were assigned in an English class. Proper spelling, grammar, and formatting are important to clearly communicating a student’s understanding of musical concepts.

Daily Rehearsal and Preparation. Participation in daily rehearsal is not measured by how ‘well’ a student sings. Instead, students will be measured on the following:

 Courtesy and Respect
  • demonstrating compassion for ensemble members
  • showing consideration for the property of others and that of Champlin Park
  • being present for and arriving on time to class
  • being seated with music ready in a timely manner
  • preparing for rehearsal by practicing outside of class
  • listening to directors and ensemble members
  • being ready to sing and following direction
  • actively listening to section and ensemble
  • singing
  • answering questions
  • contributing to class discussions
  • willing to try new musical concepts
  • practicing good vocal health
30% Written Tests and Singing Assessments

There will be written exams to test students understanding of music history and theory as covered during class. As with daily written work, writing skills should be demonstrated along with musical understanding. Students will also be required to take singing tests. Singing tests will measure understanding and preparation of upcoming concert repertoire and sight-singing exercises and may be done individually or in an ensemble. Sight-singing will be practiced as a class on a regular basis.

20% Concert Performance

Readiness. Students are expected to arrive on-time, usually 30 minutes prior to concert time, wearing appropriate performance attire and prepared to sing. Rest, nutrition, hydration, and vocal relaxation are all important elements of preparing for a performance.

Etiquette. Respectful and mature behavior is expected of all ensemble members, especially during concerts. Grading for concert attendance will reflect how each student represents themselves, their ensemble, and their school as both performer and audience member.

Listening. Listening is as much a part of musical learning as performing. Students are required to remain in attendance at required concerts for the entire performance. Students will not receive full credit for concert attendance if they leave prior to the end of the last ensemble’s performance.

Evaluation. Concert evaluations will be completed by students following each performance. Evaluations will be turned in and evaluated for evidence of careful listening, critical-thinking, and musical understanding. As always, good writing is important and will be evaluated along with music-related content.

Attendance. Concerts are an extension and culmination of the learning we do in class. Students are required to attend all concerts that are listed for their choir in this handbook.

Absence from a concert will only be excused by a director if a parent or guardian contacts the director by email or phone no less than two days in advance. Paper notes will not be accepted. Dialogue between directors and parents or guardians is important in determining the reason for the absence and opportunities for students to make up that portion of their grade.

Absences will be excused only for extreme illness or funerals. Transportation issues and job conflicts are not excuses for missing concerts. If transportation issues arise, students are encouraged to work with their peers to find a ride. If a ride cannot be arranged, a parent or guardian must contact a director by email or phone.

Directors are not allowed to facilitate non-school-bus transportation for students. This includes car-pooling or any other ride-sharing, whether driven by parents or students. If parents or students are willing to provide rides to concerts, students are encouraged to offer this to other students using the classroom dry-erase board.

Unexcused absences cannot be made up.


Grading criteria is as follows:

A -

B +
B -

C +
C -

D +
D -


93 - 100%
90 - 92.9%

87 - 89.9%
83 - 86.9%
80 - 82.9%

77 - 79.9%
73 - 76.9%
70 - 72.9%

67 - 69.9%
63 - 66.9%
60 - 62.9%

0 - 59.9%