Our middle schools in Coppell do not participate in the All-Region process. We hold our own contest here with our three middle schools: East, West and North.
The directors and lesson staff hand pick the audition music. We agree on scales (and ranges) to prepare. We have used sight reading within the process in the past--we decided to take it out this year however.
Students who earn a chair in our "All-City Band" participate in a clinic and concert. We enjoy hearing the best students in our school district learn and perform together.
I will not speak for MS East and West but at MS North we have in place to prepare the kids:
After school section rehearsals of 1 hour and 15 minutes once per week for each section. These section rehearsals are led by Ms. Guinn and I.
Saturday Master Classes from 10am-12noon every Saturday starting the first weekend of the school year. These classes are taught by our private lesson staff. Students from MS West, East and North attend. These classes are mandatory for North students.
We listen to our kids play their music independently in front of others often.
We have mock auditions as often as possible.
We teach our beginners to a point where they can achieve anything the All-City music may demand of them as a 7th grader.
Playing your scales well and your audition music with a GREAT TONE are our first shared priority.
: What do you all provide for your middle school
: students so they stay interested in
: auditioning for region? Do you all give them
: incentives, or what ideas do you have so
: they can keep working hard? Seems like my
: kids are just not responding to practicing
: towards region. Any ideas are appreciated.
: How do some of these top notch schools do it
: (Coppell MS and such)? Are those kids just
: naturally interested in auditioning or what
: do they do up there? LOL