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Re: Kids Quitting Band but Still Doing Youth Orchestras
I had a flute player quit before her senior year so she could be in a youth orchestra (An Area student who would have been in the running to make All State the next year). Fast forward a number of years....she then e-mails me wanting to come and teach lessons and master classes. I couldn't hit the delete button fast enough.
Also, I had an All Stater quit after her junior year. Was second in her class trying to be 1st. At the end of the year she ended up 3rd... that's just too bad.
On the other end, I've had numerous Valedictorians and Salutatorians. Even though I mention this to students and their parents, it doesn't seem to register.
Hello fellow directors!
Each year we always have 1 or 2 of our "top" kids quit band to pursue the academic race of valedictorian or top 10... Believe me we shove advocacy and college articles and have the counselors talk to the kids, but there's always 1 or 2. (So please don't say that our problem is that we shouldn't be losing these kids... we are lucky that they stuck with it for so long to be honest) Anyway, the sad part is that these smarties are usually great musicians that are active in lessons and interested in youth orchestras. All-region or area level players who contribute at a high level.
I personally find it disheartening to see that some youth orchestras allow a student to be in their organization without also being a part of their HS program. (Of course, if they're home schooled or maybe their instrument isn't offered at their school, there should be an exception... just like TMEA) .
We have kids quitting band, having more free time to study, and then they get all of the perks of being in a performing group with minimal work.
I just think it sends a poor message. What are your thoughts?