• Tamaqua Middle School 

    Instrumental Music Program

    Course Syllabus


    Marsha L. Rodgers

    Room 133 Tamaqua Middle School



    Instrumental lessons are open to any student who wishes to take lessons on an instrument of his/her choice. Lessons will be limited to band instruments only. Lessons will be given from method books and music designed to foster better musicianship. All lessons will be given weekly. Students must provide their own instrument. 


     Students must attend lessons on a weekly basis. All students begin the marking period with a 100%. There is a 4 point deduction from your overall grade for each missed lesson. If you have a test or quiz in your regular class, you MUST take that test or quiz. If there is extra time in the period, you should come to your lesson. Please communicate with me if that is the case.

    Because band is a class, students must attend all band rehearsals Tuesday and Thursday. All students begin the marking period with a 100%. There is a 4 point deduction for forgetting your instrument or missing a rehearsal unless there are extenuating circumstances, which you will need to discuss with me. There is a 3 point deduction for forgetting your music and a 1 point deduction for forgetting a pencil.

     Students must remain in Middle School Band/lessons for the whole year. 

    There are no exceptions!

     In the event of a two-hour delay, students will follow the normal lesson schedule.  If your lesson was during the delay (7:30-9:30), you will not have lessons that day.


    Middle School Band Rehearsal Rules

    1. No hats will be worn during rehearsal.

    2. No gum, candy, drinks, food etc. during rehearsal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    3. You will be in your seat with your instrument out and ready to tune no later than three minutes after the second bell.

    4. When I step on the podium, the talking ends. There will be no talking or playing when we stop playing.

    5. The music that we will rehearse for the day will be announced at the beginning of the rehearsal. Please get your music out in that order and make sure that you have all of the pages. Please write your name on your music.

    6. If you have a question, please raise your hand.

    7. Rehearsal will end with enough time for you to pack up and get to your bus. There will be no early packing up, moving of cases, etc.

    8.  Students are not permitted to go to another class to make up work 9th period on band days.  Band is a class, and attendance is mandatory.


    General Info

    Concert Information

    The Holiday Concert will be held

    Wednesday, December 13, 2023

    At the TASD Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.


    (This concert will be shared with the MS chorus.)


    Snow date: Thursday, December 14, 2023 in the TASD Auditorium


    The Spring Concert will be held

    Thursday, May 2, 2024

    At the TASD Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.


Last Modified on August 25, 2023