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Fine Arts Handbook

 

All students are expected to be familiar with the Fine Arts Handbook and agree to abide by all guidelines listed below.

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Lettering Guidelines
 

Students may letter in the following categories:

ART
BAND
CHOIR/ENSEMBLE
YEARBOOK/PHOTOGRAPHY
 
 
Criteria
 
Students in each category must be in good standing with attendance and conduct.
Students in each category must have a 90 or better average for the class.
Students in each category must participate in all activities scheduled for that class.
Students in each category must be enrolled in the class for three consecutive semesters.
 
 

Individual Class Criteria

Band:
  • Students must demonstrate constant progress on their instruments through practice.
  • Students must compete in the TAPPS solo and ensemble competition as soloists and receive an Excellent or Superior rating on a class I or II solo.
  • Students must play in all mandatory performances, including all TAPPS competitions in which the band participates.
Art/ Photography/Yearbook:
  • Students must compete in ACSI and TAPPS and receive an Excellent or Superior rating.
  • Students must place in the TCS sponsored art shows.
Choir/Ensemble:
  • Students must participate in ACSI and TAPPS as a solo, trio, or quartet and receive an Excellent or Superior rating.
  • Students must compete in ACSI and TAPPS with the choir as a group.

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Performance Attendance Policy
 

The Fine Arts Department classes are given credit based on performance participation. Therefore, participation in all performances will affect the student’s grade. The class syllabus for each class lists required appearances for the student. The exception to this policy is the TCS Ensemble schedule, which could be subject to change throughout the school year.

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Elementary Band Handbook
 
Band 1: These are beginning 4th graders who are first year players, new 5th graders, and returning 5th graders who have changed instruments. These first year players will have sectionals once a week and then rehearse together with Band 2 on Wednesday. Band 1 will learn music to play along with Band 2.
 
Band 2: These are returning 5th graders who are second year players. They will rehearse together with Band 1 one day a week and separately as Band 2 one day a week. Band 2 will learn music to play with Band 1 and also separately.
 
Tutorial (3:15-4:00 p.m.)
Tutorial is a time after school for additional help for specific instrument groups. It is not required but highly encouraged if the student’s schedule allows. This tutorial time counts toward their weekly practice requirement.
 
Music Selections (provided by TCS)
Essential Elements 2000 for Band – Beginning Band method book and performance curriculum.
Other developmentally-appropriate educational and seasonal music selections.
 
Instrument Procedures
Before school: Students may bring instruments and music to the Band Room and store them.
After school: Students may return to the Band Room to pick up instruments after school or take them home directly from Tutorial time. Practicing at least 5 days a week is extremely important!
 
Classroom Procedures
Enter through the STUDENT ENTRANCE door
Exit through the STUDENT EXIT door
 
Be Prepared
Bring instrument, music, and a pencil every day
Turn in practice sheet every week
Take instrument home every night to practice
 
Honor God
Respect the Lord – honor Him and those in authority
Respect others – love others and DO NOT take or touch other instruments or belongings
Respect yourself – do your best for the Lord and take care of your instrument

Grading Policy
Homework (20%) Practice sheet - 10%/Participation - 10%
Quizzes (30%) – Instrument quizzes, Playing quizzes
Tests (50%) – Playing Tests, Concerts

Practicing Your Instrument
Consistent practice is very important when learning how to play a musical instrument. Practicing at home will help to solidify what we learn in class. Each student will keep track of their practice time, and parents/guardians will sign off on each week of practice. Please be honest!

Practice Requirements
4th and 5th grades – 10 minutes of playing time, 5 days/week
Extra credit is possible for extra practice!
“Playing time” is actual playing, not putting instruments together or putting away
 
Concert Uniform
All students will wear:
  • Gray TCS Polo (available in TCS Store) tucked in
  • K-12 Black pants (available in TCS Store) with black belt
  • Black close-toed shoes
  • Solid black socks for the boys
Performance Dates
Attendance is required in the following performances as explained in the Performance Attendance Policy. If you have an issue with a performance date/time, please communicate with band director as soon as possible.
  • Fall Carnival: (Gray polo with jeans)
  • Christmas Band Concert: (Concert uniform plus fun Christmas accessories)
  • Outdoor Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony: (Gray polo with jeans)
  • Select Elementary Chapels – The elementary band or members from the band will help lead worship several times this school year during elementary chapels
Instrument Rentals or Purchases

Rentals: It is recommended that beginning band students rent their instruments for at least one year before committing to purchasing an instrument.
  • Temple Christian School may have some rental instruments available. Contact the band director directly.
  • Music and Arts (1428 W Pipeline Rd, Hurst, TX 76053; 817-595-1511)
  • Rivard Brothers (2425 W Arkansas Ln, Pantego, TX 76013; 817-459-2263)
Purchases: Please talk with the band director about acceptable instrument brands to purchase.
  • Rivard Brothers
  • Music and Arts
  • Music Go Round (6006 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76109; 817-763-8188)

Instrument Care and Accessories
Your instrument is your personal responsibility! They cannot care for themselves, so you must take care of each instrument you own, rent or play! Each instrument needs the following cleaning and accessory items in the case at all times:
  • Flute – Polishing cloth and silk cleaning cloth
  • Clarinet – At least 2 working reeds at all times, silk cleaning cloth, cork grease
  • Saxophone (any kind) – At least 2 working reeds at all times, silk cleaning cloth, cork grease, neck strap
  • Trumpet – valve oil, tuning slide grease, mouthpiece brush, cleaning snake
  • Trombone – slide cream/oil, tuning slide grease, water spray bottle, mouthpiece brush, cleaning snake
  • Baritone – valve oil, tuning slide grease, mouthpiece brush, cleaning snake
  • Percussion – each percussionist must have at a practice pad and drumsticks; if the student has a drum or drum set at home, they do not need a practice pad
Reed Options (Clarinet and Sax) - Rico or Van Doren reeds are good quality and decent prices
  • Box of 5 or 10
  • 2 ½ level strength for beginners
  • The band director will have emergency reeds available for $2/reed
Woodwind and Brass Cleaning and Accessory Items: Cleaning kits are available at any local music store or online music/instrument website (WoodwindBrasswind; Musician’s Friend; Amazon; Music and Arts). These kits should have the above items.
  • Brands for brass cleaning items, not limited to: Holton, Giardinelli, Trombontine, Superslick, Yahama, Brasswind
  • Brands for woodwind cleaning items, not limited to: Giardinelli, Selmer, Rico, Leblanc, GEM
  • TCS and Music and Arts have an educational working relationship – you may go to Music and Arts (1428 W Pipeline Rd, Hurst, TX 76053) and purchase the cleaning and accessory kit for Temple Christian School for your specific instrument.
Percussion Items:
  • Beginners - Practice pad: 8 inch or larger in size – Remo, Vic Firth, Pearl
  • All - Drum stick suggestions: Vic Firth SD1 General, Vic Firth 5A, or the equivalent in a different brand

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Secondary Band Handbook
 
Middle School Band
The TCS Middle School Band program (also labeled Band 1) is for 6th – 8th graders, both returning to band and new. This ensemble will rehearse five days a week. The band members will continue to learn proper playing technique, correct fingerings, and music theory; these foundational concepts will allow the students to learn developmentally-appropriate music and continue to mature as young musicians.
 
High School Band
The TCS High School Band (also labeled Band 2) is for 9th – 12th graders, both returning to band and new. This ensemble will rehearse five days a week. The band members will continue to mature in proper playing technique and music theory; these foundational concepts will allow the students to learn developmentally-appropriate music and continue to mature as musicians.
 
Music Selections (provided by TCS)
Essential Elements 2000 for Band – Band method book and performance curriculum (Middle School)
Foundations for Superior Performance – Warm-ups and musical technique for band (Both)
Other educational and seasonal music selections (Both)
 
Instrument Procedures
Before school - Students may bring instruments and music to the Band Room and store them.
After school - Students may return to the Band Room to pick up instruments after school or take them home directly from Tutorial time. Practicing at least 5 days a week is extremely important!
 
Classroom Procedures
Enter through the STUDENT ENTRANCE door
Exit through the STUDENT EXIT door
 
Be Prepared
Bring instrument, music, and a pencil every day
Turn in practice sheet every week
Take instrument home every night to practice
 
Honor God
Respect the Lord – honor Him and those in authority
Respect others – love others and DO NOT take or touch other instruments or belongings
Respect yourself – do your best for the Lord and take care of your instrument

Grading Policy
Homework (20%) - Practice chart -10%/Prepared for class and Participation -10%
Quizzes (30%) – Instrument quizzes, Playing quizzes
Tests (50%) – Playing Tests, Concerts

Practicing Your Instrument
Consistent practice is very important when learning how to play a musical instrument and maturing on that instrument. Practicing at home will help to solidify what we learn in class, and hopefully encourage a love for the instrument!

Middle and High School Bands
  • Each student will keep track of their practice time, and parents/guardians will initial on each week of practice (11th-12th graders do not need parent initials).
  • Practice sheets will be turned in on Friday and returned on Monday.
Practice requirements
  • Middle School - 20 minutes of playing time, 5 days/week
  • High School - 30 minutes of playing time, 5 days/week
  • Extra credit is possible for extra practice!
  • “Playing time” is actual playing, not putting instruments together or putting away
Concert Uniform
All students will wear:
  • Gray TCS Polo (available in TCS Store) tucked in
  • K-12 Black pants (available in TCS Store) with black belt
  • Black close-toed shoes
  • Solid black socks for the boys
Performance Dates
Attendance is required in the following performances as explained in the Performance Attendance Policy. If you have an issue with a performance date/time, please communicate with band director as soon as possible.
  • Fall Carnival: (Gray polo with jeans)
  • Christmas Band Concert: (Concert uniform plus fun Christmas accessories)
  • Outdoor Spring Concert and Awards’ Ceremony: (Gray polo with jeans)
  • Select Secondary Chapels – The middle school and high school bands or members from the bands will help lead worship several times this school year.
High School Only
  • Pep Rallies and Pep Band – This band serves TCS as the pep band for rallies and home football games.
  • TAPPS Band Music Competition –Regional and State competitions that include full band as well as solo and ensemble.
Instrument Rentals or Purchases
 
Rentals: It is recommended that band students rent their instruments for at least one year before committing to purchasing an instrument.
  • Temple Christian School may have instrument rentals available. Contact the band director directly.
  • Music and Arts (1428 W Pipeline Rd, Hurst, TX 76053; 817-595-1511)
  • Rivard Brothers (2425 W Arkansas Ln, Pantego, TX 76013; 817-459-2263)
Purchases: Please talk with the band director about acceptable instrument brands to purchase.
  • Rivard Brothers
  • Music and Arts
  • Music Go Round (6006 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76109; 817-763-8188)
Instrument Care and Accessories
Your instrument is your personal responsibility! They cannot care for themselves, so you must take care of each instrument you own, rent or play! Each instrument needs the following cleaning and accessory items in the case at all times:
  • Flute – Polishing cloth and silk cleaning cloth
  • Clarinet – At least 2 working reeds at all times, silk cleaning cloth, cork grease
  • Saxophone (any kind) – At least 2 working reeds at all times, silk cleaning cloth, cork grease, neck strap
  • Trumpet – valve oil, tuning slide grease, mouthpiece brush, cleaning snake
  • Trombone – slide cream/oil, tuning slide grease, water spray bottle, mouthpiece brush, cleaning snake
  • Baritone – valve oil, tuning slide grease, mouthpiece brush, cleaning snake
  • Percussion – each percussionist must have at a practice pad and drumsticks; if the student has a drum or drum set at home, they do not need a practice pad
Reed Options (Clarinet and Sax): Rico or Van Doren reeds are good quality and decent prices
  • Box of 5 or 10
  • 2 ½ level strength for beginners; 3 level strength and higher as progress
  • The band director will have emergency reeds available for $2/reed
Woodwind and Brass Cleaning and Accessory Items: Cleaning kits are available at any local music store or online music/instrument website (WoodwindBrasswind; Musician’s Friend; Amazon; Music and Arts). These kits should have the above items.
  • Brands for brass cleaning items, not limited to: Holton, Giardinelli, Trombontine, Superslick, Yahama, Brasswind
  • Brands for woodwind cleaning items, not limited to: Giardinelli, Selmer, Rico, Leblanc, GEM
  • TCS and Music and Arts have an educational working relationship – you may go to Music and Arts (1428 W Pipeline Rd, Hurst, TX 76053) and purchase the cleaning and accessory kit for Temple Christian School for your specific instrument.
Percussion Items:
Beginners - Practice pad: 8 inch or larger in size – Remo, Vic Firth, Pearl
All - Drum stick suggestions: Vic Firth SD1 General, Vic Firth 5A, or the equivalent in a different brand
 

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Secondary Choir Handbook

Middle School Choir
The TCS Middle School Choir program is for 6th-8th graders, both returning to the choir and new. This choir will meet five days a week. This class is an elective class for students desiring to benefit from a group choral experience. The curriculum focuses on teaching students correct vocal techniques and an elementary understanding of the body and voice as used to produce healthy sounds. Emphasis is given to choral blend as well as to the development of the individual voice. Students examine and sing a wide variety of styles of choral music. All music taught also contains opportunities for instruction in basic music theory. With much weight given to sacred music, students learn that music is a gift from God, to be developed and offered back to Him in worship. Styles of worship are discussed, with an emphasis on order, beauty, and adherence to Scripture. Junior high choir participates in the ASCI Choral Festival.
 
High School Choir
The TCS High School Choir is for 9th-12th graders, both returning to choir and new. This choir will meet five days a week. This is an elective class for students desiring to benefit from group choral experience. A full year of high school choir meets fulfillment for fine arts credit toward high school curriculum requirements. The curriculum focuses on teaching students correct vocal techniques and a solid understanding of the body and voice as used to produce healthy sounds. Emphasis is given to choral blend as well as to the development of the individual voice. Students examine and sing a wide variety of styles of choral music. All music taught also contains opportunities for instruction in basic music theory. Students learn that music is a gift from God, to be developed and offered back to Him in worship. Styles of worship are discussed, with an emphasis on order, beauty, and adherence to Scripture. High school choir participates in festivals and competitions through TAPPS, ACSI and TPSMEA.
 
Ensemble (7:10-7:55 AM)
Ensemble is an auditioned vocal group open to all high school students, grades 9th-12th. The purpose of the ensemble is to take vocal talent that God has given to the next level of service. This ensemble will meets before school five days a week. Participating students receive one fine arts credit for the entire year. The group leads musical worship in various chapel services throughout the year. They also serve as called upon at such events as parent/teacher meetings, teacher conferences, chapel services for other schools, civic group meetings, etc. TCS Ensembles participate in several categories of competition through TAPPS, ACSI and TPSMEA. The demands on these groups require the ability to sing harmony, to learn music quickly and, most importantly, to represent the school with a Christ- like testimony and attitude.
 
All Choir/Ensemble Members be prepared to:
  • Stay hydrated at all times
  • Take care of seasonal allergies
  • Bring pencil every day
  • If individual copy(-ies) of music assigned to the student is lost or damaged, it is student’s responsibility to buy the replacement or issue a check to the Fine Arts Department at TCS for replacing the damaged/lost copy(-ies)
  • High School Choir and Ensemble must have all TCS choral uniforms dry cleaned and returned to TCS on or before the last day of the school year. Uniforms must be in the protective sleeve from the dry cleaners with a copy of the receipt attached. We recommend Bond Cleaners, 1644 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012, (817) 277-1049.
Performance Dates
Attendance is required in the following performances as explained in the Performance Attendance Policy. If you have an issue with a performance date/time, please communicate with band director as soon as possible.
  • Fall Carnival
  • Christmas Choir Concert
  • Spring Choir Concert and Awards Ceremony
  • Select Secondary Chapels – The middle school choir, high school choir and/or ensemble members will help lead worship several times in the school year.
  • ACSI Choral Festival- The middle school choir, high school choir and ensemble will participate in the annual music festival.
High School Only
  • TAPPS Choral Music Competition –Regional and State competitions that include full choir as well as solo and ensemble.
The absences that may be considered as EXCUSED are clarified as following: Written petition for an excused absence must be submitted to the director within one week of the parent receiving the choir calendar. The only exception to this policy would be in the case of sudden and/or severe illness or family emergency. In that case, written notification will be accepted within 24 hours of the concert and a makeup assignment will be arranged.
 
Absences will only be considered as EXCUSED if the conflict involves an event on the student's calendar prior to the student receiving the calendar information (E.g., the summer scheduling of a family wedding.) A TCS activity will not be considered excused unless it is excused per the Co-Curricular Policy below. In the case of an excused absence, the student will be required to complete a makeup assignment that is similar in duration to the concert missed to earn their performance grade.
 

Secondary Choir and Ensemble Dress Code

Middle School Choir
Women - solid black dress, or skirt and blouse/sweater, black hose, black shoes. Dresses and skirts must meet TCS dress code standards – skirt length at least reaching the top of the knee, no sleeveless. Lower heels are recommended for comfort. No tennis shoes or boots.
 
Men - solid black dress pants, solid long-sleeved, white button-down dress shirt, black belt, black socks and shoes. Black tie provided by the school, to be returned at end of year. No jeans, no tennis shoes.
 
High School Choir
Women - TCS provides a concert dress for all female singers. Singers will be fitted for dresses in early November. Black dress shoes and black hose must be worn. Dress to be returned at end of year.
 
Men - solid black dress pants, solid long-sleeved, white button-down dress shirt, black belt, black socks and shoes. Black tie provided by the school, to be returned at end of year. No jeans, no tennis shoes.
 
Ensembles
Women - TCS provides a concert/show choir dress for all female singers, along with character shoes. Singers will be fitted for dresses in the fall. Dress and shoes to be returned at end of year.
 
Men - solid black dress pants, solid long-sleeved, white button-down dress shirt, black belt, black socks. TCS provides a vest, tie, and shoes, to be returned at end of year.
 
Dress guidelines for Extra-Curricular, Field Trips, Class Trips, Athletic Events, Etc.
Women & Men - may either wear nice jeans, casual slacks or Lone Star Team Gear uniform shorts. Pants must not have holes, stains, or frayed edges. No baggy pants or shorts.
 
Men - may wear button-up shirts, collared pullovers, or sweaters. Hats may be worn when outside, but not in buildings. Nice tee shirts or sweat shirts are appropriate.
 
Women - may wear casual skirts or dresses that come to the top of the knee, nice jeans, or casual slacks. Girls’ tops may be button-up, pullovers, or sweaters. Nice tee shirts or sweat shirts are appropriate. Tops must cover midriff at all times. No low cut tops. Leggings may only be worn under knee length skirts or dresses. Leggings may not be worn as pants.
 
Free Time in the Hotel
Women and Men: may wear jeans, jogging pants, sweat pants, tee shirts, sweat shirts and knee length shorts. Leggings may not be worn as pants. Hats are permitted.
 
Musical/Production Guidelines and Policies
 

The cast and crew are not required to sell a minimum number of tickets. However, you are encouraged to invite all of your friends and family to buy tickets to the performances.

Tickets will be available for purchase one month before opening night.

All cast will be required to sell two business or personal advertisements for the production program.

All practices are mandatory. Students are required to stay through the entire rehearsal and may not leave early. The following is a set of guidelines for musical rehearsal:
  • Students are allowed 3 unexcused tardies.
  • Students are allowed 2 unexcused absences.
  • Students are allowed 3 excused absences.

If a student should fail to comply with the above stated attendance guidelines, it may result in dismissal from the show.

Tardies and absences must be approved though the Production Director or Producer in order to be excused. Tardies and absences need to have a 24 hour notice, unless due to illness.

If a student arrives to school later than 9:00 a.m., he/she will not be allowed to rehearse that day.

Fees will be applied as follows:
  • $1.00 for lost or abandoned scripts and/or music
  • $10.00 for replacement script
  • Lost or damaged rental material will be the replacement cost
  • $1.00 per missed entrance on stage
  • $1.00 per disturbance for disrupting rehearsal
  • $5.00 for unauthorized cell phone/computer usage

Students will have 5 days to pay fines. Students with unpaid fines will not be allowed to rehearse, and this will be an unexcused absence.

Only school uniforms or athletic/PE attire may be worn during rehearsals.

Cell phones are to be turned off or silenced and placed in the basket provided or kept in your backpack during rehearsal. Unauthorized use of electronic devices will result in a $5.00 fine.

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TCS Co-Curricular (6th-12th Grade) Policy
  1. Every activity has a grace period before deciding to drop that activity. If a student drops an activity after the grace period, the following actions will be enforced:

  2. The student may not participate in the next activity until the dropped activity has finished.

  3. Students must show proper respect for the authority set over them (officials, coaches, directors, etc.). If a student’s attitude becomes unacceptable, his/her participation may be reviewed by committee.

  4. All students must obey parking/driving rules at home or away. Students are never allowed to drive their vehicles down to the playing fields. They must park in the student parking lot.

  5. Any student that is dismissed from or quits an activity forfeits their eligibility to receive an award. All fees for that activity are non-refundable. A student that has been academically ineligible must be approved by the eligibility committee before they can receive an award.

  6. All students must maintain a good academic standing in order to participate in an activity. A student with a failing grade for any 9-week period will be restricted from any activity that occurs after the school day. The exception will be graded activities that have prior approval from the eligibility committee.

  7. A student is considered to be ineligible on the day his/her nine week report or report card is issued with a failing grade on it. A student with failing grades may not participate until three calendar weeks have passed and the grade has been brought up to passing.

  8. If a high school student is participating in the TCS sports program they must participate in an SST class.

  9. Choir and band rehearsals for the TCS Christmas and Spring Concerts and spring musical dress rehearsal will be on the school calendar. All other concerts and competitions will need to rehearse during scheduled class time or after school, coordinated through the administration.

  10. All practices for sports and activities must be limited to scheduled rehearsal/practice time. Any variation from this schedule must be pre-approved by the administration.

  11. The following is a priority ladder in case of conflicts within the school calendar:
  • Priority #1 TAPPS
  • Priority #2 ACSI
  • Priority #3 TPSMEA
  • Priority #4 Youth & Government
  • Priority #5 All other activity or organizations outside of TCS

Any state level activity takes priority over non-state events.

It is the responsibility of TCS to avoid conflicts with sports and other TCS hosted events.

Any conflicts within the TAPPS scheduled events that compete with another TAPPS event must be reviewed by the eligibility committee.
  • Students that receive more than three hours of detention in a 9-week period will be suspended from all activities that occur during the next three calendar weeks.

  • Students must be present by 9:00 am on the day of a co-curricular activity in order to qualify to participate in the activity. Any exception to this policy must be approved by a principal.

  • All students must read the TCS Athletic Handbook and/or TCS Fine Arts Handbook

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