Band Karate Black Belt Degrees (for 8th grade band only)

Rules

♫ You may only attempt a pass off once per day. Further listenings are at the discretion of the director!

♫You must earn at least one belt during each nine weeks to get full credit on the Band Karate portion of your grade.

♫You may take one belt test in class when the director provides time, arrange another time outside class, or email or upload to google drive a video or audio recording. 

♫You may take a portion of the belt test when you are ready if there is more than one requirement.

♫You must have all needed band supplies to take the test. (Reeds, valve/slide oil, flute swab, binder, pencil)

♫You must have your own binder and EE book.

♫All portions of the test must be played with correct notes, rhythms, articulations & dynamics.

♫You must test for belts in order.

♫You must use the solo for the current school year.

♫Scales must be memorized!

♫Practice Reports are requireded each week, 20 minutes per unachieved belt.

Students who participate in Football Nights and/or Solo and Ensemble may pick a portion

 of one belt requirement to be exempt from. 

♫Students are only required to achieve the required belt for each grading period. (if they have worked ahead they do not have to earn belts above what is required for the nine weeks. 

 All Students are encouraged to submit their pass offs by video to their teachers:  Woodwinds & Percussion Mr. Dodson cw.dodson@bcsemail.org and Brass students to Mr. Graeber: bryon.graeber@bcsemail.org

 

 

1st Degree

  • Perform line 19 harmonic minor from memory with few if any mistakes(percussionist perform this on mallets).
  • Perform line 17 in your Essential Technique book in time with few if any mistakes. Percussionists perform this on snare.
  • Perform Line 149 with few if any mistakes (percussionist perform this on mallets).

 

2nd Degree

  • Perform any 2 blues scales from memory with few if any mistakes. See https://www.basicmusictheory.com/ on your laptop or device!
  • Perform line 34 in your Essential Technique book in time with few if any mistakes. Percussionists perform this on mallets.
  • Perform Line 151 with few if any mistakes (percussionist perform this on snare).

 

3rd Degree

·        Perform line 60 natural minor from memory with few if any mistakes (percussionist perform this on mallets).

·        Perform line 56 in your Essential Technique book in time with few if any mistakes

·        Perform a solo of your choice and reasonable difficulty  (not an all state solo!) in time with few if any mistakes (Mr. Dodson must approve) or write a composition that is at least 24 measures in common time and at least 2 part harmony. The composition must sound decent. Write your score on http://www.noteflight.com/login and email it or show it on your laptop or device to Mr. Dodson.

 

4th Degree

  • Perform 2 Dorian modes from memory  See https://www.basicmusictheory.com/ on your laptop or device!
  • Perform line 64 in your Essential Technique book in time with few if any mistakes
  • Perform the current school year’s All State solo with few if any mistakes.

5th Degree

·        Perform line 193 G minor from memory. with few if any mistakes.

·        Perform line 125 and 141 in your Essential Technique book in time with few if any mistakes.

·        Conduct a portion of the honors symphonic band rehearsal.  Ask the director what you should do. Prepare and Study the score in advance. Diagnose and fix problems. 

 

 

6th Degree

  • Perform 2 individual studies selected by your directors from your essential technique book (Not 149 or 151)
  • Improvise on your instrument for your directors or perform line 181 with accompaniment (smartmusic or EE interactive)
  • Visit and tour a college campus school of music / or  interview a professional musician (someone who makes ½ or more of their living in the music profession/ industry) (No teachers)

 

7th Degree

  • Pretend you are a recording artist. Make a digital recording of yourself playing four or more songs. Design a CD or a website that features your music. If you submit a CD to the director will not be returned. Websites will be constructed on Mr. Dodson's web page. Consider choosing songs that have piano or cd accompaniment. Songs  such as the ones on smartmusic or perhaps a book that you have bought that has a CD accompaniment, or even have a live pianist record with you. 1 of the songs can be a duet with a friend or yourself (Some students have done duets and trios but used a multi track recording program like apple's garage band to record each part themselves.) You may also search you tube for accompaniments. 

 

  • PASS IT ON! Teach 5 private lessons to a younger student on your instrument for 30 minutes or more each. Bring a note from that child’s parent or teacher confirming you have done this. Or  spend eight or more hours learning a new instrument (must have director approval on this activity and bring note from a parent or teacher confirming time spent on this activity.