Moultrie Observer

Education

March 14, 2012

C.A. Gray Band gives 'Superior' performance

MOULTRIE — The C.A. Gray Junior High School Band recently scored multiple “Superior” ratings in the Large Group Performance Evaluation at Cairo High School.

All four adjudicators at the event rated the band “Superior,” the highest of five possible rankings, in both their stage performance and in sight reading, according to a press release from the school.

The band, under the direction of Ted Phillips, entered the festival playing Level III musical selections: “March Zuma” by O’Reilly, “Whispers” by Feldstein & Clark, and “Flight of the Thunderbird” by Saucedo.

The festival program sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association is an evaluation procedure of musical performance and sight-reading abilities for performance groups and teachers.

Festival participation affords valuable opportunity and motivation for learning during an extended period of time prior to the event as part of regularly scheduled school work in courses taught by accredited teachers, according to a press release from the school.

Recognized authorities in the field of music education critique the participation of each school music group and render their written opinions in terms of:

• A standard rating of excellence in performance and sight-reading.

• Comments and suggestions for improvement.

• Suggestions to the individual teacher to aid in personal teaching and/or conducting techniques in the belief that musical performance is the most crucial of learning situations in the subject area, that the proper evaluation of these situations is of inestimable value to the individual school and its music education program, and that the preparation for LGPE performance provides added incentives and stimuli to the teaching and learning of music in our schools.

The goals of performance evaluation participation are to promote the development of musical knowledge as expressed in performance through evaluation, advice, and suggestions, to raise the standards of musicianship, instrumentation, technical knowledge, and literature selection of performers; and to offer students and teachers the opportunity of extended listening to the best work of peer groups from other schools, the press release said.

The following ratings are awarded by each of three adjudicators in GMEA performance evaluations:

• Superior (1): Outstanding performance worthy of distinction of being recognized as among the very best.

• Excellent (2): Unusually good performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects, a performance of distinctive quality.

• Good (3): A good performance, but not one that is outstanding. Shows accomplishment and marked promise, but lacks one or more essential qualities.

• Fair (4): A performance that shows some obvious weaknesses, generally weak and uncertain.

• Poor (5): A performance which reveals much room for improvement. The students reveal almost a complete lack of preparedness and understanding.

For the stage performance, each band plays three musical selections, two of which must be chosen from a required list that is divided into levels I through VI based on difficulty with Level VI being the most advanced. Following the stage performance, the group then moves on to the sight-reading room to study and perform a piece of music which the group has never played before.

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