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Re: No band experience - poor attitude
Maybe they should be in a beginner class...
The other option is to have them come before school instead of after school, all parents have to drop their kids off at school, or they can try carpooling together, or the bus will usually get there a little bit early...
I always did sectionals in the morning, to allow the kids in athletics, to go after school practice...
It is always funny to me how parents can pick their kids up from after school practice with athletics, but they can't seem to do it for band...
I had a couple of new students move into the district that appear to have no desire to learn an instrument. All middle school students are required to take band and I'm torn on how to help them and be efficient as possible.
I auditioned them called parents to have them come in after school to begin learning an instrument. I made it clear I need to spend a few days each week working with them to learn the basics then they could play during class. One student came in one day and I got her through the first five notes and a few basics in counting/posture/breathing/tonguing. It definitely wasn't enough but I did what I could in 45 minutes, which needed a refresher to follow. She has refused to come up after school and parents say they can't figure a way to pick her up after school.
I've been giving both students packets on general music knowledge for their instrument, which they complete 70% of it and turn it in daily. Never a discipline problem during class.
They are so far behind that if I included them in the regular class they wouldn't have a clue.
I'm not sure if I can trust them in separate rooms practicing on their own as I have expensive equipment in every side room.
What would you do?