Test Rubric & Course Standards
C. A. Jacobs Band Test Rubric

Beginning Musician


Developing Musician


Approaching Proficiency


Proficient Musician


Advanced Musician

Tone Quality
Poor tone quality most / all of the time
Poor tone quality
Many inconsistency in registers
Few inconsistency in registers
Good sound in all registers
Note Accuracy
Not recognizable, shows lack of preparation
Recognizable but many flaws
Generally accurtate
Strong performance with few flaws
Virtually note perfect
Rhythm Accuracy
Not recognizable, shows lack of preparation
To many rhythm errors or tempo
Many rhythm errors or tempo
Few rhythm errors or tempo
Correct rhythm and steady tempo
Performance flaws overshadow articulations
Inaccurate articulations
Articulations causes other problems
Some difficulties due to articulations
No difficulties due to articulations
MUSIC MARKINGS: Dynamics, Style
Performance flaws overshadow dynamics / style
Incorrect dynamics / style
Technically accurate without dynamics / style
Fairly consistent performance of all markings
Consistent performance of all markings

Course Standards Document

C. A. Jacobs 7th and 8th Band

Common Standard

All students will learn to read music and perform on a musical instrument.

Essential Standards

All students will learn artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context.

Benchmarks / Skills

All students will learn Aesthetic Valuing Component. Students will evaluate the quality of their own performances by applying specific criteria, appropriate for the style of the music, and offering constructive suggestions for improvement.


A grading rubric with standardized-based assessment in class (rehearsals), tests, and performances.

November - Fall Concert

December - Auditions for Honor Band, Winter Concert

January - Honor Band Concert

March - Pre - Festival Concert

CMEA Solo & Ensemble

April - CMEA Band Festival

May - CMEA Band Festival #2

June - Spring Awards Concert

Instructional Strategies

Fingering charts, rhythm charts, and scales to every student.

Start by: Sight read music

Next: teach notes and rhythms

Then: Listen to professional recordings of the music. Teach historical and/or cultural concepts. Teach musical terminology (Dynamics, articulations, tempo). Teach phrasing, balance, add finishing touches.

Finally: Performance

Evaluation of performance

Benchmark Activities

Rehearse parts of compositions to learn notes, rhythms, and all other musical components of the piece everyday.

Performance based tests on the music.

Performances / Concerts.

Textbooks, Supplemental Resources & Technology

Concert band arrangements, handouts, play CD’s, record rehearsals and listen back, band web site