You might be surprised (or amazed) to know how many students simply did not prepare the assignment. They played incorrect material, a regular scale instead of chromatic, or started on notes that were terrible for them. The instructions for the assignment were covered several times in class. They were:
1) enter the practice room
2) sit down
3) state your name
4) play your one octave chromatic scale, which will be 23 notes
5) exit the room
We had numerous students skip steps 2 & 3. (!) About 25% of the studentsmodified the assignment.
When you look at the grades for this project, they included such criteria as playing with a clear sound, playing correct notes, playing at a moderate to fast tempo, A couple of students fumbled around for a few seconds, then said "Just give me a failing grade" and walked out. SIGH. A project of this nature should have seen every student with a high "A" grade. It's stuff they learned as beginners in middle school.
Please check with your student regarding upcoming project assignments. We have them scheduled throughout the semester and they get progressively more difficult. All projects were assigned on day one and also appear on the website. Students received a handout in class with dates/materials. One low project grade is not a disaster, but 2-3 low grades can have an effect on the semester grade. PLease help your student maintain their grade by encouraging home practice, enrolling in lessons, or simply checking to see that they are aware that a deadline is approaching. Thanks!!!!!