Hello! I'm Mr. Landi and I would like to welcome you to the music room!
This room is a very unique room where we have the very special opportunity of making music EVERY DAY! 
In order for us to be able to do this, we need to be able follow rules and directions as well as understand what I expect from each and every one of you.  I look forward to making music with you!

Music Room Expectations - "If better is possible, then good is not enough!"
1. Always give 110% of your best effort.  This is your commitment to everyone else in the ensemble, to the music, and to YOURSELF.
2. Respect YOURSELF, your PEERS, your DIRECTOR, the MUSIC ROOM, and THE MUSIC.
3. Be ready to START class or rehearsal ON TIME -- with all necessary materials, especially a SHARPENED PENCIL.
4. Being prepared with your individual parts when you come to rehearsal is crucial to making music.  Practice your parts outside of rehearsal!
5. Come to class or rehearsal with the mindset of wanting to learn as much as possible, contribute as much as possible to the music making, and striving to BE BETTER THAN "LAST TIME".

Music Room Procedures - "Basically it was a structure that we had to have in order to accommodate all we were trying to accomplish with this deal." ~Rod Graves
1. Once you enter the music room, you are beginning the music making process.  You are also opening up your mind to learning.
          a. Put away your materials from other classes.
          b. Get out your sharpened pencil, and/or class materials, and/or music, instrument, etc.
          c. Put your music in rehearsal order, as indicated on the whiteboard.
          d. Play your instrument on your own for a few minutes to "wake up" your embouchure, hands, fingers, and
                      i. Technique (lip slurs, rudiments, fingerings, long tones, scales, etc.)
                     ii. Review any "practice" spots in the repertoire until rehearsal begins.  This can be done individually 
                         or with sections.

Music Room Rules and Consequences - "Some of us fuss so much over making the 'right' choice, but in life, all that's really needed is to make any 'good' choice, believe in it, go through with it, and accept the consequences."
1. No gum, food, or drink in the music room without permission from the director.
CONSEQUENCE: You will be asked to dispense of your garbage and points will be deducted from your participation grade.

2. There are times to be focused and times to be relaxed.  It is only part of human nature to want to have fun.  That being said, a primary goal of going to school is to get an education.  The key to success=BALANCE!  Avoid unnecessary talking. If you have a question about the music, raise your hand and ask the director.
CONSEQUENCE: Depending on how frequent this occurs.  Includes points being deducted from participation grade, contact with parents, and/or removal from rehearsal.

3. As part of the commitment of being a member of this ensemble, you need to be in your seat ready to play (with reeds/mutes/sticks/PENCILS,etc.) when the clock strikes x o'clock.  Failing to do this will result in being marked late.
CONSEQUENCE: If deemed by the director as unexcused (no permissible pass/signature presented), 2 points will be deducted from participation grade.  In addition, students will need to make up time missed from rehearsal at a later point in time.

4. Display a positive and respectful attitude for the group; work for the betterment of the group.  WE is more important than ME!
CONSEQUENCE: Students showing tendencies of disrespect toward their peers and/or the director will be dismissed from the ensemble.

5. ALL instruments must be returned to their proper places following rehearsal.  No instruments/handouts/other class materials should be left on the floor or in the music room.  Clean up after yourself.  The music room needs to be kept clean.  Also, if it isn't yours, DON'T TOUCH IT.
CONSEQUENCE: Repeated infractions will result in loss of privileges (possible exlusion from social activities, added responsibility of cleaning up the band room, etc.)

6. All school rules apply in the music room.
CONSEQUENCE: See Student Handbook/Agenda for school policies and consequences.

I will keep a daily records of:
- attendance
- the level of focus/attention of the ensemble
- the level of progress made from rehearsal to rehearsal
- the level of music making

Based on these records, rewards will be given to you (established by the director). THINK POSITIVE :)

These expectations, procedures, and rules can be found on posters hung up on the walls of the music room.  They can also be found in the Student Handbook which all students and parents must sign.  I go over these in the beginning of the year at the "New School Year Band Meeting".

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments!
Music Room Office: (xxx-xxx-xxxx)
Cell Phone: (610-996-8677)

When considering what my personal philosophy is regarding classroom management, I have three main statements that are held up by three pillars.

STATEMENT #1: Effective classroom management involves planning so as to prevent problems before they happen as well as deal with issues that come up in a fair and appropriate manner. "Being proactive and appropriately reactive."

STATEMENT #2: It is our responsibility as educators to instill in students at any age level to take ownership of their behaviors.  "For every action, there is a reaction."

STATEMENT #3: In conjunction with statement #2, we as educators are called upon to help guide our students in making and choosing responsible and appropriate decisions and behaviors.

-Knowing your lesson plan inside and out will help with making adjustments to the unexpected phone call, fire drill, or similar interruption of class.
-Planning for transitions so as to avoid downtime, aka "time to be off-task, etc."

-Consistently stating and reviewing expectations, procedures, consequences, etc.
-Communicating the POSITIVE!!! :)
-Being proactive in communicating with the student, the parent, other staff members, etc.
-The 3R's: REINFORCE positive behavior. REMIND what the student(s) should be doing. REDIRECT negative behavior to desirable behavior.