Academic Requirements

The academic requirements for DSA Piano are diverse and instruction is almost completely differentiated.  This allows every student the opportunity to succeed.  While the focus of grading is to foster success, parents and students must understand that guidelines are strict.

Students earn grades for all aspects of their learning during the entire class period. These aspects include, but are not limited to, enthusiastic participation, positive energy, a diligent work ethic, superior academic work, and well-rehearsed performance offerings.  Students also earn grades for attendance at required DSA Piano events, which include, but are not limited to, recitals, in-school events, Master Classes, field trips, or other required events planned during the school year.

Students are expected to attend class every day.  While DSA excuses students for illness or emergency family issues, students may be denied credit and denied the opportunity to make up work for unexcused absences.  Please familiarize yourself with DSA’s school-wide attendance policy.

Denver School of the Arts Middle School

Jury

The jury is the most important requirement in DSA Piano. Students are required to perform in one jury each semester. Please consult Jury Requirements and Adjudication Sheet for rubrics.

The student may earn up to 75 points from each of two adjudicators per jury.  The student may earn up to 25 points from one adjudicator for scale requirements.

Recital

The student is required to perform in all recitals offered by the DSA piano department.  Up to 50 points can be earned for the recital performance.

Journal

The student is required to maintain a concise, neat, and complete journal of notes from classroom lectures.  The student will receive the journal grade at the end of each semester.  The student may earn up to 30 points per semester for his/her Journal.

Exams and Classroom Work 

Students may earn various amounts of credit for quizzes and other classroom work.  The amount of credit will be based on the scope and breadth of the classroom work. Generally, the student may earn 20-30 points per exam

Student Presentation

Each student will present a topic of his/her choice.  The presentation will include an written and oral report, a visual example, and a listening example.  The student may earn 50 points from this presentation.

Classroom Performances

Each student is required to perform twice for the class before each recital.    The second of these performances must be completely memorized. The student may earn up to 30 points per performance.

Accompanying and Ensembles

10% of the student’s final grade will be based on an accompanying/ensemble performance.   Middle School students should consult with Mr. Lassen for approval of options to meet this requirement.

Music Theory

All DSA music students participate in a Music Theory class.  The Music Theory Grade will represent approximately 10% of the student’s grade.

Utilization of Class Time

Students are required to be on task at all times in class and will receive credit for doing so.  Students are required to have headphones and a 1/8″ to 1/4″ adapter at every class.  Students are required to have a copy of their recital music or their accompaniment piece on their music rack at all times.  Students are required to focus and participate in lecture/discussion aspects of the class.

5-10 points per assessment

Concert Attendance

Students are required to attend class recitals and senior recitals.  Occasionally, there will be other required out-of-school activities.

10-40 points per activity

 

Denver School of the Arts High School

Jury

Students are required to perform in one jury each semester.   Please consult Jury Requirements and Adjudication Sheet for requirements and rubrics.  The jury will represent approximately 30% of the student’s final grade.  The student may earn up to 75 points from each of two adjudicators for performance of the recital piece, and up to 25 points from one adjudicator for the scale requirement.

Recital

The student is required to perform in all recitals offered by the DSA piano department.  Up to 50 points can be earned for the recital performance.

Exams and Classroom Work

Students will earn credit for quizzes, tests, and classroom work.  The amount of credit will be announced in advance and will vary according to the depth and breadth of the topic presented in class.  The student may usually earn up to 40 points per quiz

Directed Independent Study

Please consult the Directed Independent Study information for specific information about this requirement. The student may earn up to 100 points per DIS

Classroom Performances

Students are required to perform recital pieces twice each semester.  The second performance must be completely memorized.  Both performances must be approaching performance quality in order to earn classroom credit.  The student may earn up to 20 points per performance

Utilization of Class Time

Students are required to be on task at all times.  Students are required to have headphones and a 1/8″ to 1/4″ adapter at every class.  Students are required to have a copy of their recital music or their accompaniment piece on their music rack at all times.  Students are required to attend every class and to be punctual.  Students are required to participate positively and focus on classroom topics and discussion.

Pop Quizzes

Students may be given pop quizzes during the semester.  Because of their nature, pop quizzes cannot be made up.

Performance Tests

During the course of the school year, HS students will be assigned pieces to learn to support study in the piano classroom.  These pieces will serve as “tool pieces” so that students can better understand classroom lectures and presentations, and they are also meant to assist with sight reading skill acquisition.  Students can expect to learn two pieces each semester.  Please consult the Performance Test Rubric page for grading criteria. The student may earn approximately 30 points per piece

Scales and other Technique

Freshman and Sophomore students are required to learn and perform all major scales.  Juniors and Seniors are required to learn and perform all major and harmonic minor scales.  Periodic tests will be given throughout the year, and there will be a comprehensive test at the end of the year. The student may earn up to to 20 points per quiz during the year, or 50 points for the comprehensive at the end of the year.

Accompanying and Ensembles

10% of the student’s final grade will be based on an accompanying/ensemble performance.   High school students should consult with the teacher to determine options to meet this requirement.  Juniors and Seniors must accompany in at least one performance of a DSA band, orchestra, or choir concert to meet this requirement.

Community Service

All high school students are required to perform 2 hours of community service per semester.  This service may be completed after school during Mr. Lassen’s office hours or at other times agreed to by the student and Mr. Lassen.

Concert Attendance

Students are required to attend class recitals and senior recitals.  Occasionally, there will be other required out-of-school activities.

10-40 points per activity