London-Hall, Sonja

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Sonja Marie London-Hall

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  • The concert calendar and performance dates are located above in the website.
  • Please note: beginning band class is full for the 2017 school year.

Classes on this page are not listed in schedule order.

All handbooks, paperwork, and forms are listed under period one.

New 6th grade students.    Final instrument selection and section balancing will take place the first week of school this fall.  Percussion will audition for 5 slots.  If you have any questions, please email me.

Office Hours

Contact me via the school email to set up (schedule) a visit.

Available time slots will be during lunch W – F.

The courtesy of an appointment is appreciated for school time visits.

Education

M.ED.           Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Ed. Leadership & Bilingual/Multicultural Education Emphasis, 2004

M.ED.         Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Elementary Education & Technology Emphasis, 1997

BM                 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Music Education/Performance/English, 1984

Certification

Principal Certification – Arizona; ESL & SEI K-12

Standard Secondary – Arizona; English, Music, ESL, SEI, Middle Grades

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Course List

moreBand Handbook, Forms, Grading and Calendar for 2017-2018 (updated May 30, 2017)

Description:

Please note the class “periods” on this website do not correspond to the period of day the class meets. Look for the specific title of your class.


FINE ARTS CORE PRINCIPLES


All students deserve quality arts learning in dance, music, theatre, or visual arts.


• A comprehensive arts education curriculum uses culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy that maximizes learning in and through the visual and performing arts, actively accesses and develops student voice, and provides opportunities for leadership for every group of students.


• A challenging and relevant curriculum engages every group of students in comprehensive, well-articulated and age appropriate visual and performing arts curriculum that also purposefully builds a full range of language, literacy, and other content area skills. The curriculum is cognitively complex, coherent, relevant, and challenging.


• High quality instructional resources provide and utilize high quality standards-aligned materials that provide each group of students with equitable access to core curriculum and academic language in the classroom, school and community.


• Valid and comprehensive assessment is designed to promote reflective practice and data-driven planning to enhance academic and real world outcomes for each specific student.


Arts Cyberconference, “Learning in the Arts” Core Principles, October 18, 2006


Visual and Performing Arts common strands Standards serve as curriculum guideposts for teachers and provide clear-cut curriculum goals for all learners. Curriculum based on the content standards requires active learning through the study, practice, creation, or performance of works of art. It also requires reading about the arts and artists; researching the arts from the past and present; writing about the arts and artists to reflect on one’s own observations, experiences, and ideas about the arts; and participating in arts criticism based on reliable information and clear criteria.


Each of the arts disciplines is studied from the vantage point of five dimensions: artistic perception; creative expression; historical and cultural context; aesthetic valuing; and connections, relationships, and applications. Although each of the arts is unique, these five dimensions or components are common to the instruction of each discipline.


Students in a comprehensive program are expected to master the standards of an arts discipline, which are grouped under the following strands:


Artistic Perception refers to processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through the use of the language and skills unique to dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.


Creative Expression involves creating a work, performing, and participating in the arts disciplines. Students apply processes and skills in composing, arranging, and performing a work and use a variety of means to communicate meaning and intent in their own original formal and informal works.


Historical and Cultural Context concerns the understanding of historical contributions and cultural dimensions of an arts discipline. Students analyze roles, functions, development in the discipline, and human diversity as it relates to that discipline. Students also examine musicians, composers, artists, writers, actors, dancers, and choreographers as well as cultures and historical periods.


Aesthetic Valuing includes analyzing and critiquing works of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. Students apply processes and skills to productions or performances. They critically assess and derive meaning from their own work, performances and original works based on the elements and principles of an arts discipline, aesthetic qualities, and human responses.


Connections, Relationships, and Applications involve utilizing concepts and skills from arts disciplines and connecting them to other subject areas. Students develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and time management that contribute to lifelong learning, including career skills.


Google Calendar:

Please look over the band handbook.     bandXhandbookX2017-2018    This has information regarding grading and concerts for band.  The performance opportunity calendar is posted now for the 2016 school year (date of upload May 30, 2017). Students/parents: be reminded the calendar represents all the items that are performance opportunities as well as the required concert dates. If you have any questions about the calendar, please email me.   AMEA/ABODA events are on the nested calendar by class and are in blue. Always cross reference calendars with discussions in class. The NPA school calendar is not always updated.  Other forms: NPAXBandsXandXDramaXContract BandXforms InstrumentXRentalXAgreement Band Playing test rubric Scale test rubric   12majorscalesandarpeggios band brochure  for beginning band  Regional Etudes will be handed out in class.  

moreChamber Ensemble - HS only

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Chamber Ensemble is reserved for students who have played their instrument for 3+ years or by director recommendation. It is considered the Honor Band for NPA. Advanced students in the Chamber Ensemble qualify for the senior capstone class AKA: Core Elective.


Completion of the NPA Chamber Ensemble will prepare musically inclined students for intimate stage performances, basic theory, and college scholarship auditions.


Google Calendar:

Practice records will be required this year as well as regularly scheduled playing tests. Each test is graded using a rubric.  Scores for the playing test are recorded in the grade book and averaged into the total points possible in band (daily work/TOT, concerts, concert etiquette, playing tests, quizzes).  The item to be assessed is announced to students in class and written on the board as a reminder.   IT is the responsibility of the student to keep track of materials to be tested. A student has two days to make up a missed playing test.

moreSymphonic Band

Description:

Symphonic Band is reserved for students who have played a minimum of 1 year on their instrument. It is not designed for beginners or students who feel they have enough experience from another school. This performance group performs with very high playing standards and generally graded 2+ to 4 leveled music. Students who excel in symphonic band will qualify for participation in the Chamber Ensemble.


Google Calendar:

Practice records will be required this year as well as regularly scheduled playing tests. Each test is graded using a rubric.  Scores for the playing test are recorded in the grade book and averaged into the total points possible in band (daily work/TOT, concerts, concert etiquette, playing tests, quizzes).  The item to be assessed is announced to students in class and written on the board as a reminder.   IT is the responsibility of the student to keep track of materials to be tested. A student has two days to make up a missed playing test.

moreJazz Band

Description:

Jazz Band is a band reserved for students who have demonstrated advanced skills in the other bands. Students are selected for jazz band only after completing an audition which takes place prior to spring registration. A minimum of 1 year playing in another NPA band AND through performing a jazz band audition is required for participation. Jazz Band will survey different styles of jazz music.


Google Calendar:

Practice records will be required this year as well as regularly scheduled playing tests. Each test is graded using a rubric.  Scores for the playing test are recorded in the grade book and averaged into the total points possible in band (daily work/TOT, concerts, concert etiquette, playing tests, quizzes).  The item to be assessed is announced to students in class and written on the board as a reminder.   IT is the responsibility of the student to keep track of materials to be tested. A student has two days to make up a missed playing test.

moreILS

Description:

Students in Advisory/ILS will follow a standardized format for ILS/Advisory. Students are expected to have in hand all the work they will need for the class period and also a book for reading material if/when they complete assignments. Students who sit without work will be assigned a lunch detention and/or meeting with the Dean. Students will not be allowed to work together or share music. The instructor will have at hand access to current grades, missing assignments, materials due to help the student make the most out of this class time.


Google Calendar:

Students are expected to have in hand all the work they will need for the class period and also a book for reading material if/when they complete assignments. Students who sit without work will be assigned a lunch detention and/or meeting with the Dean. Students will not be allowed to leave the room and "help" other teachers unless the teacher has called for the student.

moreDrama

Description:

Drama is an advanced acting organization with many students involved in local community theater. On the slate for curriculum this year are the following concepts: general improvisation, pantomime, character development through research, and a spring production. Extra after-school rehearsals are a component of this class and are required as we near performance dates. These are non-negotiable. Students in drama are also in charge of the annual NPA Talent Show which serves as the drama final exam in the spring.


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NPA Drama Syllabus  

moreBeginning Band

Description:

Beginning band is designed for the student with zero to 1 year playing experience. Our class is fun but we learn at a rapid pace. It is recommended all band students commit to two full years of band; the second year being the year we are no longer struggling with learning the instrument and now taking off with cool music. Private instruction is recommended for all band students.


Google Calendar:

Students in all bands are given regularly scheduled playing tests.  Each test is graded using a rubric.  Scores for the playing test are recorded in the grade book and averaged into the total points possible in band (daily work/TOT, concerts, concert etiquette, playing tests, quizzes).  The item to be assessed is announced to students in class and written on the board as a reminder.   IT is the responsibility of the student to keep track of materials to be tested. A student has two days to make up a missed playing test. A note regarding beginning musicians:   students receive an average grade in class for the following:  1)  prepared for class with horn/music/pencil. 2) attendance at required performances.  Specific grades in the grade book are also labeled as 3) "progress".  These quarterly grades are specific benchmarks in playing abilities and are indicators of grade/age specific mastery.  If your student is receiving grades of C or lower on progress they are not demonstrating the skill set typical of same age band students (are behind).  A band student could typically receive an A or B in band for meeting criteria 1 & 2 above inclusive of the progress grades.  Please pay attention to the progress grades in terms of knowing "how is my student playing" in band.