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Christopher Ferrell
Supervisor Band/Orchestra
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Dr. Joseph Woodruff
Supervisor Choral Music/Theatre/Dance
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Christopher Ferrell served as an instrumental music educator in the public schools of Texas and Georgia for 19 years prior to being appointed as Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Cobb County School District. He serves as an artist, clinician, evaluator, and conductor throughout the United States. Mr. Ferrell received his Bachelor of Music from Miami University, his Master of Education in Music Education from Auburn University, and is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy of Music Education at Auburn University. Mr. Ferrell holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.

Amy Morris
Professional Learning Specialist
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Stacy Levy
Secretary
P: 770.426.3404
F: 770.429.5839
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Middle School Band
High School Band

Middle School Orchestra
High School Orchestra

Music Theory
Music Appreciation
Music Technology
Guitar
Piano
The Cobb County School District Performing Arts Programs offer a balanced, comprehensive, standards-based arts curriculum as an important part of the education of the whole child. Courses are offered in dance, music, and theater.
We believe that study in the arts:
Provides students with opportunities to propose and solve problems
Provides a form of expression, skill development and overall enrichment to encourage lifelong learning
Celebrates the achievement of diverse cultures
Inspires creativity, helping students develop their own passions, strengths, and personal voices, while creating a sense of family and belonging
Fosters self-esteem, community pride and skills, giving students hope and goals to strive for in their career pathway and life
In Cobb, we value the arts for the distinct and significant effect they have on the lives of our students both in the present and in their futures.
The Cobb County School District has more than 40,000 students enrolled in the music elective programs additionally each elementary student receives music instruction. The elective programs include band, chorus, orchestra, general music, music appreciation, piano keyboarding, AP music theory, and guitar. Our instrumental and vocal ensembles are seen and heard throughout the United States and worldwide. Recent accomplishments have included BOA Grand National Marching Band Champions – Lassiter HS Band, 7th place at BOA Competition – Kennesaw Mt. HS Band, and multiples of tours to Japan, Italy, Bahamas, England, and Germany.
Performing groups have been selected to appear at the Mid-West Band Clinic, the American Choral Director’s Association Divisional Conference, the Music Educator’s National Conference, the Georgia Music Educator’s Conference, the National Concert Band Festival, and numerous other events.
The Cobb County School District has been named as one of the “Best 100 Communities for Music in America” in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
CCSD also provides the Pebblebrook HS Center for the Performing Arts. This magnet performing arts school offers specialized instruction in voice, drama, and dance. Students enrolled in the program receive a two-hour integrated performing arts block. Students are expected to present a recital in their primary emphasis area and will also participate in repertory production involving all aspects of the performing arts. For more information go to www.cccepa.com.
CCSD provides general music education for all students Kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as band, chorus, and orchestra instruction in the sixth grade. In grades six through twelve a wide variety of music course offerings is available to meet the interest of students and their abilities.
Decades of Excellence in Music
State – National – International Recognition
The Cobb County School District has been named to the “Best Communities for Music in America” in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Performances
Walton HS Orchestra – 2012
Lassiter HS Percussion Ensemble – 2011
Kell HS Band – 2010
Mabry Middle School Band – 2007
Kennesaw Mt. High School Wind Ensemble – 2007
Lassiter High School Band – 1989,1996
Pope High School Percussion Ensemble – 1996
Lassiter High School Percussion Ensemble – 2005
Harrison High School Wind Ensemble – 1999 & 2007
Hightower Trail Middle School Orchestra – 2004
Tapp Middle School Band – 2004
Dickerson Middle School Orchestra – 2005
Walton High School Orchestra – 2000, 2005, 2008
Lassiter High School Orchestra – 2001, 2008
American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference
Lassiter High School Mixed Choir -2008
North Cobb High School Women’s Choir – 2008
Pebblebrook High School Choir – 2006
Sudler John Philip Sousa Awards
Harrison High School Band – Sudler Flag
Lassiter High School Band – Sudler Flag
Pope High School Marching Band – Sudler Shield
Kennesaw Mountain Marching Band – Sudler Shield
Lassiter High School Marching Band – Sudler Shield
Alfred Watkins – Legion of Honor
Bob Cowles – Legion of Honor
Gary Gribble Legion of Honor
American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference
Murdock Elementary School Choir
American Orff Schulwerk Association Divisional Conference
Murdock Elementary School Choir
Georgia Music Educators Conference
Lovinggood MS Orchestra – 2013
McEachern HS Wind Ensemble – 2013
Hillgrove HS Women’s Choir – 2013
Walton HS Acapella – 2013
North Cobb HS Choir – 2013
Allatoona HS Orchestra – 2012
North Cobb HS Symphonic Band – 2012
Hightower Trail Band – 2012
Walton HS Symphonic Band – 2011
Dodgen MS Orchestra – 2011
LostMountain MS Orchestra – 2011
Hillgrove HS Symphonic Band – 2011
King Springs ES Chorus – 2011
Ford ES Chorus – 2011
Mabry MS Band – 2011
Lost Mountain MS Band – 2010 Exemplary Performance Award
Walton HS Acapella Choir – 2010
Lost Mountain MS Choir – 2010
Hillgrove HS Orchestra – 2010
Pope HS Orchestra – 2010
Hillgrove Band – 2009
Kennesaw Mt. High School Mixed Choir – 2008
North Cobb High School Women’s Choir – 2008
Campbell HS Orchestra – 2008
Walton High School Men’s Choir – 2008
Durham Middle School Choir – 2008
Ford Elementary School Choir – 2008
King Springs Elementary School Choir – 2008
Lassiter High School Percussion – 2008
Hightower Trail Middle School Band – 2008
Kell High School Wind Ensemble – 2008
McEachern High school Wind Ensemble – 2008
Bullard Elementary School Choir – 2007
Dodgen Middle School Orchestra – 2007
Mabry Middle School Band – 2007
Pope High School Band – 1990,1994,1996,2007
Ford Elementary School Choir
King Springs Elementary Choir
Mableton Elementary Choir
Murdock Elementary School Choir – Twice
Teasley Elementary School Choir
Dickerson Middle School Percussion Ensemble
Dickerson Middle School Orchestra – 2004
Dickerson Middle School Band
Dickerson Middle School Choir
Dodgen Middle School Band
Durham Middle School Band – 2005
Hightower Trail Middle School Brass Ensemble
Hightower Trail Middle School Orchestra – 2003
Hightower Trail Middle School Choir– Twice
Mabry Middle School Orchestra – 2007
Tapp Middle School Band
Tapp Middle School Percussion Ensemble
Harrison High School Band – 2005,2009
Harrison High School Choir
Harrison High School Orchestra – 1998,2006
Kennesaw Mountain Jazz Band
Lassiter High School Choir
Lassiter High School Band – 1986,2000,2010
Lassiter High School Orchestra – 2003,2006
Lassiter High School Percussion Ensemble
North Cobb High School Band – 2006
North Cobb High School Choir
North Cobb High School Orchestra – 2001
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Four times
Pope High School Choir
Pope High School Symphonic Band
Pope High School Brass Band
Pope High School Percussion Ensemble
South Cobb High School
Walton High School Choir– Four times
Walton High School Orchestra – 1983,1989,1995,1999,2003,2006,2009
Wheeler High School Band
Bands of America National Concert Band/Orchestra Festival
Harrison HS Wind Ensemble – 2013
Durham MS Band – 2010
Dickerson MS Band – 2010
Hightower Trail MS Band – 2010
Simpson Percussion Ensemble – 2010
Dickerson Percussion Ensemble – 2010
Kell High School Band – 2007
McEachern High School Band – 2007
Harrison High School Orchestra – 1998,2003,2006
Pope High School Percussion – 1996,2009
Sprayberry High School Symphonic Band I
Sprayberry High School Symphonic Band II
Lassiter High School Symphonic Band I – 1993,1995,2002
Lassiter High School Symphonic Band II – 1993,1995,2002
Harrison High School Wind Ensemble – three times
Harrison High School Symphonic Band
Pope High School Symphonic Band – 1993,1996,1998,2009
Lassiter High School Percussion Ensemble – twice
Kell High School Percussion Ensemble – 2005
Pope High School Percussion Ensemble
Pope High School Orchestra – 2006
Bands of America Grand Nationals
Lassiter High School Band – 4 time National Finalist, 2 National Championships
Kennesaw Mt. High School Band – 3 time National Finalist, National AAA Class Champions-2004
Bands of America Regional Championships
Lassiter High School Band – 9 time Regional Finalist, 6 Regional Championships
Pope High School Band – 19 time Regional Finalist, 1 Regional Championship
Kennesaw Mt. High School Band – 9 time Regional Finalist, 3 Regional Championships
Harrison High School Band – 7 time Regional Finalist, 2 Regional Championship, National Finalist
Sprayberry High School Band – 4 time Regional Finalist
Walton High School Band – 11 time Regional Finalist
McEachern High School Band – 6 time Regional Finalist
Kell High School Band – 8 time Regional Finalist
South Cobb High School Band – Regional Finalist, 1 Regional Championship
Featured Choir Performances
Pope High School Choir – Georgia State University Honor Choir Festival
Walton High School Choir – (Twice) North Georgia Choral Festival – Shorter College
McEachern High School Chorale – Performance at the Georgia General Assembly – Jan. 2006
Pope High School Choir – Belmont University Fall Choral Institute
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Shorter College Feaste of Caroles
Walton High School Choir – Shorter College Feaste of Caroles
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (Robert Shaw conducting)
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Clay Aiken Concert – Atlanta Symphony 2005
King Springs Elementary School – Clay Aiken Concert – Atlanta Symphony 2005
Bryant ES Singing Ambassadors – Rockettes at the Fox 2001
Dickerson Middle School Choir – Champs Sports Bowl game in Orlando Florida, National Anthem
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Guest performances of “Suite Criolla” (in memory of Princess Grace of Monaco) in Switzerland and Monaco at the invitation of and for Prince Albert
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Shows with Ben Vereen, Usher, Winona Judd, Donny and Marie Osmond, Aaron Neville, Charlie Daniels
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Televised Lighting of the Great Tree
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Televised Lighting of World of Coke Tree
Pebblebrook High School Men’s Chorus – Peach State Public Radio
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Featured performances at industrial conferences: AFLAC; Simone Corporation; BellSouth; Entertainment Design Group
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Performances in the Cobb Civic Center Encore Seasons (2001 – 2006):Vegas City Limits, Crazy For You, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, Copacabana, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast
Pebblebrook High School Choir – Carmina Burana with Cobb Symphony
University of Georgia JanFest and MidFest Featured Performance
Kell HS Wind Ensemble – 2013 Jan-fest
Mabry MS Band – 2012 Mid-fest
Allatoona HS Band – 2012 Jan-fest
McEachern HS Wind Ensemble – 2012 Jan-fest
Griffin MS Band – 2011 Mid-fest
Lovinggood MS Band – 2010 Mid-fest
Hightower Trail Middle School Band – 2010 Mid-fest
Mabry MS Band – 2009 Mid-fest
Kell High School Wind Ensemble – 2008 Jan-fest
North Cobb High School Band 2008 Jan-fest
Hightower Trail Middle School Band – 2006 Mid-fest
Lassiter High School Band – 2007 Jan-fest
Wheeler High School Symphonic Band
Harrison High School Wind Ensemble – twice
Lassiter High School Symphonic Band – twice
McEachern High School Symphonic Band
Tapp Middle School Symphonic Band – 1999,2003,2008
Durham Middle School Symphonic Band – 2003
Dickerson Middle School Symphonic Band
Mabry Middle School Symphonic Band
Daniell Middle School Symphonic Band
Other Convention/University Performance Invitations
Harrison High School Wind Ensemble – CBDNA 2011
Mabry Middle School – CBDNA & SEUS Conference 2011
Harrison High School Orchestra – ASTA Conference 2008
Lassiter HS Band National Band Association Biennial Convention – 1988
FSU Tri-State Convention – 1987
University of Southern Mississippi – 1985
University of South Carolina – 1982
Troy State – 1990
Atlanta International Band & Orchestra Clinic – twice
Walton HS Orchestra National School Board’s Convention
Dickerson MS Percussion NBA/CBDNA Convention
Daniell MS Band Conductor’s Conference University of So. Mississippi
McEachern HS Band Southeastern US Band Director Clinic
Major Nationally Televised Parades
Lassiter HS Band Tournament of Roses Parade 2013
Lassiter HS Band Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 2010
Harrison HS Band Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 2009
Lassiter HS Band Orange Bowl Parade – 1986,1996
Lassiter HS Band Blockbuster Bowl Parade – 1991
Walton HS Band Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1998
Lassiter HS Band Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1999,2004,2011
Kennesaw Mt. HS Band Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Walton HS Band Tournament of Roses Parade – 2003,2010
Lassiter HS Band Tournament of Roses Parade – 1988,2001,2005, 2013
Sprayberry HS Band Tournament of Roses Parade
Wheeler HS Band New York St. Patrick’s Day
Harrison HS Band New York St. Patrick’s Day
International Parades and Invited Performances
Sprayberry HS Ronald Macdonald Thanksgiving Day Parade – 2007
Pope HS Band Citrus Bowl Parade & Cotton Bowl Parade,
Hawaii Thanksgiving Parade, London Millennium Parade,
Lord Mayor’s London New Year’s Parade
McEachern HS Band Lord Mayor’s London New Year’s Parade
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade
North Cobb HS Band Orange Bowl Parade
Osborne HS Band Japan Cultural Ministry
Walton High School Choir Prague International Choral Festival – 2nd place
Percussive Arts Society Performances
Lassiter High School Percussion Ensemble -2008
Dickerson Middle School – 2007
Pope HS Percussion Ensemble
Wheeler HS Indoor Percussion National Finalist and 2nd Place
Winter Guard International
Lassiter HS Open Class Finalist – twice
Scholastic A World Champion
Kennesaw Mt. HS 3 Circuit Championships, 6 times Regional Finalist, 4 time Regional Champion, 3 time World Championship Finalist, and 2 time World Champions
Walton HS Winter Guard – World Champions – Scholastic A Class – 2001
Other
Lovinggood MS Band – GMEA Exemplary Performance Award 2013
Lovinggood MS Band – Auburn University Honor Band Clinic Guest Band 2012
Harrison High School  Band – Mark of Excellence Winner (Foundation for Music Education) 2011
Dickerson MS Band – GMEA Exemplary Performance Award – 2009
Harrison HS Band – National Wind Band Honors – 2006,2009
Simpson Middle School Band – Troy State Festival – 2008
King Springs ES – National Anthem Project “All Star” School
South Cobb HS Jazz Band Atlanta Jazz Festival Champion
Pope HS Band 1996 Paralympics Games Opening Ceremonies
Fox Theater 75th Anniversary
Performance for President George W. Bush
Brass Band at GSU BrassFest
Lassiter HS Grammy Signature School
Walton HS Grammy Signature School
Dowell Elementary School Atlanta Braves Game – National Anthem
Cooper Middle School Atlanta Braves Game – National Anthem
Walton High School Atlanta Braves Game – National Anthem
Cheatham Hill Elementary School Atlanta Braves Game – National Anthem (5 times) 2007
Sope Creek Elementary School Choir Atlanta Braves Game – National Anthem
Teasley Elementary School Choir Atlanta Braves Game – National Anthem
Murdock Elementary School Choir Georgia PTA Convention
Sope Creek Elementary School Choir Georgia PTA Convention
Bryant ES Singing Ambassadors Winners of the Oscar Meyer Jingle contest for Georgia
Nicholson ES ($10,000 prize to each school)
CCSD provides the Pebblebrook High School Center for the Performing Arts. This magnet performing arts school offers specialized instruction in voice, theatre, and dance. Students enrolled in the program receive a two-hour integrated performing arts block. Students are expected to present a recital in their primary emphasis area and will also participate in repertory production involving all aspects of the performing arts. For more information go to www.cccepa.com.
Teachers are highly encouraged to become members and participate actively in professional organizations. These organizations not only provide teacher support and education through workshops, conventions, journals, and newsletters, but also provide national, regional, and statewide events for students. Some of these organizations are listed below:
ACDA – American Choral Directors Association:
www.acda.org
AOSA – American Orff-Schulwerk Association:
www.aosa.org
ASTA – American String Teachers Association:
www.astaweb.com
ECMMA – Early Childhood Music & Movement Association:
www.ecmma.org
GIML – The Gordon Institute for Music Learning:
www.giml.org
GMEA – Georgia Music Educators Association:
www.gmea.org
NAfME – National Association for Music Educators:
www.nafme.org
NBA – National Band Association: www.nationalbandassociation.org
OAKE – Organization of American Kodaly Educators:
www.oake.org
TI-ME – Technology Institute for Music Educators:
www.ti-me.org
Booster organizations are an important part of the athletic, music, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs in the Cobb County School District.  Booster organizations play an important role in supporting, encouraging, and in advancing these programs.  All booster organizations must be approved by the principal of each individual school and questions about individual booster organizations may be addressed to the principal of each school.  All booster clubs must adhere to the Cobb County School District’s administrative rules and guidelines. Please refer to Board Policy: http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/adminrules/L/LEC-R.pdf
CCSD also provides Guidelines for Booster Organizations.
Booster Organization Funds:  Booster club funds and equipment are property of the school district should the club be dissolved. Procedures for all financial matters should be clearly stated in the Booster Organization By-Laws.   For further information, please discuss procedures for budget development with the music supervisors.

Dr. Joseph Woodruff is a Georgia native and is entering his 22nd  year working in education.  Dr. Woodruff earned his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama in Education Administration; his bachelors and masters degrees in vocal performance come from KSU and the University of Montevallo, respectively, as well as add-on degrees in music education, gifted, and leadership. His certifications include Leadership (P-12), Music (P-12), Elementary Education, Middle Level for several subjects (Math, Science, Social Studies, and ELA), English (9-12), ESOL, Gifted, and Special Education.

 

He began his career in education in Cobb County Schools as an elementary music teacher. He has since worked in other systems as an SST/RTI specialist, 3rd and 5th grades regular education teacher, 4th and 5th grade EIP teacher for Math and Reading, as well as serving as an assistant principal for 7 years at the elementary and middle school levels and two years as an instructional facilitator in an alternative school setting. He is extremely happy to be returning home to Cobb County Schools after most recently serving as Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts for Atlanta Public Schools.

Amy Morris
Professional Learning Specialist
P: 770.426.3404
Email

Stacy Levy
Secretary
P: 770.426.3404
F: 770.429.5839
Email

Elementary Chorus
Middle School Chorus
High School Chorus
Middle School Theatre
High School Theatre
Middle School Dance
High School Dance
Music Theory
Music Appreciation
Music Technology
Elementary Music Classroom
Elementary students in the Cobb County School District receive varying amounts of music instruction depending on the size of the school.  Each elementary school typically has one music specialist.  It is recommended that each elementary student receive music for approximately 45 minutes, at least once per week.  An elementary music lesson includes many of the following activities: singing, listening, moving, playing instruments, arranging, improvising, composing, analyzing, describing, reading and writing.  Performances provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate what has been achieved as a result of classroom lessons, focusing on actual performance rather than entertainment, and to learn the skills necessary for performance in a public setting. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate formal performance behaviors, such as following the cues of a conductor, while actively engaging in music making in a public concert setting.  The goals of music instruction in grades K – 5 are as follows:
  • Through sequential learning, to explore and develop musical skills and knowledge through singing, playing, creating, listening, analyzing, and evaluating
  • To increase student achievement in music through high quality teaching and performing experiences
  • To provide to students an opportunity to experience music of diverse cultures and time periods and make connections with other arts and disciplines
  • To efficiently utilize community and school resources to allow students optimal opportunities to develop musical aptitude, creativity, and knowledge
  • To develop interest and an understanding of the value of the music program to increase support and enjoyment of the arts in the Cobb County School District
Public performance is an important aspect of band, chorus and orchestra programs. While the learning process is crucial, the concert provides an opportunity to showcase student learning and provide the unique experience of performing for an audience, which is also a content standard.  Additionally, concert performances should be a result of instruction in performance classes; therefore, the frequency of performances will vary according to the ability of the performing ensemble. Too many performances will deprive the students of basic instruction; too few will deprive them of the opportunity to put that knowledge to use.
Along with performance, the ability to sight-read music is also an important aspect of the curriculum. Sight-reading ability is a skill that continually results in greater musicianship and level of performance. Each music program is required through standards to emphasize music reading to improve sight-reading and music reading skills.
Ultimately, these sight-reading skills and experience with performance provides the necessary tools needed to become an independent musician that values and engages in music for a lifetime.
Sacred Music in Schools
The Cobb County School District does not have a written policy regarding the use of sacred music in the music curriculum. It is important that the music curriculum include the study of music of all styles, forms, periods, and cultures. However, it is necessary that the teacher exercise good judgment and sensitivity in selecting non-secular music for study and programming for public performances.
It is the position of the National Association for Music Education that the study and performance of religious music within an educational context is a vital and appropriate part of a comprehensive music education. The omission of sacred music from the school curriculum would result in an incomplete educational experience.
The National Association for Music Education suggests the following questions be considered:
  1. What is the purpose of the activity? Is the purpose secular in nature, that is, studying music of a particular composer’s style or historical period?
  2. What is the primary effect of the activity? Is it the celebration of religion? Does the activity either enhance or inhibit religion? Does it invite confusion of thought or family objections?
  1. Does the activity involve excessive entanglement with a religion or religious group, or between the schools and religious organizations? Financial support can, in certain cases, be considered an entanglement.

    National Association for Music Education

If the music educator’s use of sacred music can withstand the test of these questions, it is probably not in violation of the First Amendment. Music educators have an obligation to provide a quality and complete music curriculum. This obligation must be met with good judgment and common sense, keeping in mind the students, the community, and the law.

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Belief:
  • The Arts educate, communicate, and inspire us to know more about ourselves, each other, and our culture and heritage.
  • The Performing Arts are those forms of art such as acting, dancing, and playing and singing music that are performed in front of an audience.
Our Purpose and Mission:
  • To provide opportunities for Cobb’s children K- 8th grades to experience uniquely rewarding performing arts that might otherwise be unavailable to them
  • To spark curiosity, broaden awareness of the Arts, stimulate minds and emotions, foster creativity and inspire a lifelong interest and love of the arts with far-reaching effect
  • To encourage excellence in the arts by providing high-quality professional performances and opportunities for cultural enrichment through the performing arts
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Middle School Donation Form – English
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Elementary School Donation Brochure – English
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Details of the Program
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Donations accepted year-round
Please make checks payable to your child’s local school
Purpose and Process of Large Group Performance Evaluation:
Large Group Performance Evaluation is the annual assessment of student achievement by each school music ensemble.  It is sponsored by the Music Educators Association and follows their rules of participation and performance expectations.  Choral directors select music literature that will demonstrate the various fundamental performance standards and concepts in the curriculum.  The degree of literature difficulty ranges from E for Elementary, M for Middle School and levels D to A with D representing beginning high school or upper level middle school, up through A being of the highest level of difficulty.  Choirs sing two selections with one of the selections being from the required list provided in each level of difficulty.
Each year, nationally recognized experts in the field assess Cobb County music ensembles on every aspect of student and director performance.  The rigor and comprehensiveness of this evaluation is similar to that of standardized tests or end-of-course exams given in other school subjects.  Students demonstrate their musical understanding and skill development through applied performance and sight-singing both individually and as an ensemble.
Three experts evaluate choirs of the fundamental elements through prepared literature and one expert evaluates fundamental elements on literature seen and sung for the first time.  Expert clinicians also conduct a brief clinic to provide face-to-face, immediate feedback to the director and students regarding pedagogical strategies for improvement and specific aspects of the performance that were particularly effective.  The adjudicators complete score sheets with commentary.  Grades of (I) Superior, (II) Excellent, (III) Good, (IV) Poor, and (V) Failure, are utilized to communicate a national standard for performance with more detailed grading in each fundamental performance indicator.
Additionally, a conducting expert provides video commentary for the director concerning their musical communication to the students through gesture.  A professional audio recording of each performance serves as an archive and resource for further study and reflection.  This thorough process of performance

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