I am at a 6A school. Took over a lot of potential but it had been floundering with a bad plan. We fixed the logistical issues. Kids started seeing success. First year we lost the dead weight. Second year we lost region kids to dance and football. They were good kids and I never held a grudge. Some of them actually came to a Winter concert the year they graduated just to say hi because they missed it and had grown up. They were happy for the most part but part of them regretted leaving.
I don't know why they left. I think they were feeling peer pressure. They wanted to support it but peer pressure sucks sometimes. I think they wanted to like band but there was just enough of them that liked the old way of doing things it had lost it's luster a bit for no other reason than it was different. Had I had those kids as Freshmen they would have stayed.
I never took it personally. Year 3 and year 4 we started growing again and this is gonna be the best year yet!
Hang in there. Keep making it quality, never push kids to stay that really don't want to be there. Teach the kids that show up and the program will grow.
We've been really hit hard with students quitting over summer. Most of them unexpected. Everyone that I'm losing is going into varsity cheer or varsity football.
Third year at the same gig and our numbers are going to be lower than my second year. The band sounds much better and the students have grown tremendously. Last year one of the kids that quit said "I love it! I want to be in band till I graduate." Now she is skipping all practices with her friends and I'm left speculating she will drop band. I've left three messages.
I don't get it. We treat these kids with respect, help them grow, and pour our heart into everything for them and they just drop it at a whim. You never lose just one and they go in a small group.
I need to facilitate social network with others better. I also think creating more ownership in the program will help the students.
I just don't have that 'family' feel of the group. Fantastic kids but they never just hang out and chat. How do you promote that environment? In class they work well, and I stop sometimes and try to throw in a joke or two or get personal, but I haven't gotten them to just come in and hang out or work on stuff outside of class/rehearsal.