Conduct and Attendance

Orchestra students have certain responsibilities.These responsibilities are prerequisites for effective learning and help establish an atmosphere that is conducive to the attainment of a crucial goal: rehearsing like a great orchestra. Achieving this goal is the key to accomplishing great musical goals. There simply is no other way.


  • Call/email if you are going to be absent for a long period of time
  • Let us know well in advance about any schedule conflicts.
  • If you would like extra help, just ask. If we can’t help you, we’ll find someone who can.
  • If you are ever troubled or unsure about something that has to do with this program, please come talk to one of us. The door is always open.

Attend All Rehearsals and Performances

  • Be at all rehearsals and performances on time – which means early!
  • There’s a difference between being present and being ready.
  • Being absent from a performance is not like missing a class such as English or History. When even one member of a performing ensemble is gone, the total musical experience is diminished for all.

Respect Property and Each Other

  • Do not touch what is not yours
  • Respect the right of others to learn, and the teacher to teach by not causing an interruption during rehearsal. Use your good judgment to always know what time it is. Is it time to visit or time to work?
  • Look at the person speaking to you.
  • If you cannot say something positive, do not say anything at all.

Execute Rehearsal Procedures

  • Be in your seat, ready to make music, by two minutes after the tardy bell.
  • Stop immediately when the conductor stops
  • Raise your hand if you have a comment/question/answer.
  • Stay in your seat unless you have permission to do otherwise.
  • If you are not able to participate in the rehearsal (e.g. forgot instrument, injured), please see the director immediately when you enter the room.
  • Please do not ask to leave class for any reason unless you are ill and need to go home.
  • If your instrument is not working properly, please bring it to our attention after rehearsal and we will gladly help.
  • The bell does not dismiss the class, the director dismisses the class. We will do so when the room is in order.


  1. No Food, Gum or Drink in the Performing Arts Suite (PAS), orchestra suite, or auditorium.
  2. No students are to be in the PAS, orchestra suite, or auditorium without teacher supervision.
  3. If “IT” is not yours, don’t touch “IT”!
  4. The PAS will be kept clean. This includes hallways, restrooms, classrooms, dressing rooms and lockers.
  5. All students will enter and exit the PAS through the courtyard entrance door.
  6. The PAS and Auditorium building are closed during lunch.
  7. Hallways are for active transportation.
  8. As Performing Artists, always respect yourself and others.


In a performance class, attendance is crucial. Missing even one day is almost impossible to make up. It is imperative to attend every class.

After school rehearsals
After school rehearsals are mandatory.  Notice will be given two weeks in advance. This allows student’s work schedules to be changed and transportation arranged. In the event of a student conflict with another school function, it is the student’s responsibility to talk to both faculty members in order to work out a compromise. This must be done at the earliest possible time. Another school event does not excuse the orchestra member from rehearsal. According to OCPS rules on music performance classes, after school rehearsals are considered to be an extension of the class, therefore grades can be lowered if rehearsals are missed.

Concerts are mandatory. Because music is a performing art, failure to perform on a concert will result in a severely lowered grade. In the event of a student conflict with another school function, it is the student’s responsibility to talk to both faculty members in order to work out a compromise. This must be done at the earliest possible time.  Another school event does not excuse the orchestra member from the concert.