Re: Previous director
Posted by SouthEast Central on 9/7/2018, 12:58 pm, in reply to "Previous director"
Been there. |
At my first job, my library was like that too. There were over a thousand total pieces in the library. Every single piece was on the floor in a big pile. Boxes, folders, any organization - all in the pile too.
Instruments were scattered all over. In cases, behind lockers, behind file cabinets, in file cabinets, etc. I put together about six instruments that "weren't usable" because I found all the parts for 'em in that first few weeks.
The previous BD at that school spent most of their time in a rocking chair in class knitting, and didn't teach anything. I had eighth grade clarinet players who had never crossed the break - either in music or in their beginner classes. I had brass players who knew six notes. In eighth grade.
They pulled out a piece or two of beginner level music a week before a "concert" and slapped it together, then performed. Every single parent was astounded at how good the band was in the first concert - and we got 2s and 3s at UIL the next year with most of the same kids.
A year later, those kids earned 1s and 2s in the high school band. There's only so much remediation that can be done in one year, but they got there.
Previous director drops small school program like a sack of something warm and smelly, I get hired a week before band camp to take over.
Can't walk through the office because there's stuff piled EVERYWHERE, payments have not been made to the camp for band camp, internal accounts were never deposited into as they should have been, there's no drill for the marching show, the library is 20 years past due for organizing, I have no databases for inventory, library, or uniforms, percussion can't read or play (THE PREVIOUS WAS A PERCUSSIONIST!), and the 6th graders (playing since 5th grade) don't articulate.
Nothing is done, nothing was left to help ease the transition. I've gone through 20 pairs of vinyl gloves sorting the library. Just sorting, no database yet. (When that's done, it will probably be the best-stocked library anywhere) Instead of sorting anything, previous director just bought new stuff or got copies to add to the pile. I think I've recycled about 100 POUNDS of paper, after going through it for originals. Oh, and there are two large bins full of misplaced scores. I have no idea what music I have, but at least now it's all alphabetized and categorized so I can at least check.
Please. No matter how you feel about the terms or your moving or your relationship with administration, don't take it out on the next guy.