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Re: chair test
Posted by End goal on 11/1/2018, 10:27 pm, in reply to "chair test
I donít teach high school, I teach middle school but I do not subscribe to the old school chair test philosophy. Not that it is wrong for everyone but it is wrong for me. I have found there are ways to motivate the kids that ultimately are more beneficial than a chair test. I personally am of the opinion that our kids are constantly taught to compare themselves and we need to teach them how to stop comparing themselves and start working together so that everyone is getting better. I remember the high school years I foloished most were spent in a program that did not have chairs except those we sat in. My band director never placed any member of the team above another. We rotated parts constantly and it worked great for the program.
Iím not hating on people who do chair tests, if that works for you thatís fine and you are not wrong. There is no cookie cutter way to run a program. What works for one person doesnít always work for the next. The same thing can be said about our kids. It does work in many programs, I dare say in most programs. But my goal is not to produce the best musicians. Itís to produce the best humans, and I believe chair tests are not needed to accomplish that goal.