Mr. Poirier
     Mr. Poirier
 General and Instrumental Music

 860-927-3537  ext 170 (voicemail only)  or  Email
  • Students should attend all lessons with their instrument(s), music book/folder/sheet music, and a pencil.  7th+8th graders are expected to bring their laptops to all lessons.

    Students are expected to practice 20 minutes per night or 100 minutes per week.  This amount of practice should guarantee their success on their music which should make their rehearsals much more enjoyable.  7th+8th graders are strongly encouraged to use their SmartMusic software on their netbooks when they practice.


SPRING CONCERT (grades 3-8): Thursday, May 2, 2019
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE (band 4-8): Monday, May, 27, 2019

  • Some words about grading in instrumental music:
    There will be very few summative assessments (achievement grades).
    Learning practices are very important and will be scored frequently.
    Preparedness will be scored at every lesson and rehearsal.
    Formative practice will be scored only at lessons.  The teacher will judge how much you practiced by your improvement from the last lesson.
    Meets due dates won't usually be applicable in instrumental music.
    Engagement will be scored in both lessons and rehearsals based on effort and behavior in class.
    Perseverance will be scored in most classes based on how each student deals with the challenges they encounter in the music.

    Some words about grading in 3rd and 4th grade general music classes:
    The grade for 3rd and 4th grade music classes will be based on student ENGAGEMENT.  This will include the student's overall effort, participation and behavior.  The grade will be on a 4 point scale:
    4- Consistently engaged
    3-Frequently engaged
    2-Occasionally engaged
    1-Seldom/Never engaged

    8th Grade General Music grading:  

    LEARNING PRACTICES:  Each class, students will receive five scores for their learning practices.  These include "preparedness" (brought netbook and pencil to class), "engagement" (focused their efforts on classwork), "formative practice" (completed practice assignments), "meets due dates" (turned their work in on time) and "perseverance" (put in good effort amidst challenges).  Not every learning practice will be scored for every class.  They will only be scored when they are relevant.  

    Music theory worksheets (mostly in term 1) will be considered "Formative Practice"

    Music compositions (terms 2 and 3) will be summative assessments and count toward the regular achievement grade.

    Senior Band assignments:
    In the Hall of the Mountain King, Marching Marines, A Cowboy Life, La Volta
    Senior Strings:
    Where You Lead, The Spirit of America, The Dashing White Sergeant
    Intermediate Band assignments:
    Marchine Marines, Sax-o-matic, Wigan Warriors
    Intermediate Strings assignments:
    Mozart Sonata Theme, Burleske, The Dashing White Sergeant
    Advanced Strings assignments:
    Self-composition, Sweet Child 'O Mine, and The Dashing White Sergeant 
    Beginner Band and Strings:
    Dragonfire (Band), Essential Elements lesson books
    Jazz Band:
    Gonna Fly Now, Two for Oliver, and Georgia On My Mind


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