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Strings Progress Report Information
Pictures and information
Below are links to individual pages with pictures and information to help you understand the postures, positions and concepts we are teaching in strings class.  The categories correspond to the components of the Strings Progress Report (third grade students receive a simplified report for the first term). We designed this site with the parents in mind - so that together we can help your child succeed in strings!




4 = Exceeds the standard
3 = Meets the standard
2 = Approaching the standard
1 = Needs improvement
Homework
Meets or exceeds the practicing goal every week and masters  weekly assignments.
Meets the practicing goal every week or in an average week and usually masters weekly assignments.
Averages 50-90% of weekly practicing goal.
Averages less than 50% of weekly practicing goal.
Remembering Equipment
N/A
Student remembers instrument and all music for every lesson
Student forgets materials for one or two classes
Student forgets materials for three or more classes
Conduct, Attitude & Effort
Student always makes a positive contribution to class and is a role model to other students
Student often makes positive contributions to class.
Student is sometimes disruptive or distracted.
Student is often distracting to him/herself or other people.
Posture & instrument position
Student always sits up when playing and holds instrument in the correct position.
Student usually sits up when playing and holds instrument in the correct position.
Student sometimes slouches when playing and needs reminders to hold instrument in the correct position.
Student usually slouches when playing or holds instrument in an incorrect position.
Left hand position
Student always positions left hand with a straight wrist, correct finger and thumb placement, and keeps left hand relaxed.
Student always positions left hand with a straight wrist, and correct finger and thumb placement.
Student positions left hand with a collapsed wrist OR flat fingers OR incorrect thumb placement.
Student positions left hand with a collapsed wrist, flat fingers, and incorrect thumb placement.
Intonation
Student plays all notes in tune
Student plays most notes in tune
Student plays some notes in tune, and others close to the right pitch
Student rarely plays in tune
Bow hold
Bow hold has a curved pinky, bent thumb, and all fingers are correctly placed, angled and flexible.
Bow hold has a curved pinky, bent thumb, and all fingers are in the correctly placed and angled.
The pinky is straight or collapsed, the thumb is straight or collapsed, and/or the fingers are incorrectly placed or angled.
The bow is touching the palm of the hand.
Bow use
Student always uses the appropriate amount of bow and keeps the bow straight.
Student usually uses the appropriate amount of bow and keeps the bow straight.
Student sometimes uses the correct length and sometimes keeps the bow straight
Student rarely uses the appropriate length of bow or keeps the bow straight.
Tone (Sound quality)
Student always produces a strong and clear tone, as well as a variety of tone colors.
Student usually produces a strong and clear tone
Student sometimes produces a strong and clear tone.
Student rarely plays with a strong, clear tone.
Note reading
Student plays all notes correctly within the key signature
Student plays most notes correctly within the key signature
Student plays some notes correctly within the key signature
Student plays few notes correctly within the key signature
Rhythm and steady beat
Student independently plays all rhythms correctly with a steady beat.
Student plays most rhythms correctly, and with a steady beat when accompanied by teacher.
Student plays some rhythms correctly and sometimes performs with steady beat when accompanied by teacher.
Student rarely plays with accurate rhythms or steady beat.