Re: Youtube video suggestions
Posted by build the culture on 9/11/2018, 5:14 pm, in reply to "Youtube video suggestions"
This is such a deep, complex issue. Could spend hours writing. There are so many elements involved. In no particular order:
1) Design (or have designed) an effective, achievable yet challenging, innovative (in some way), fun show (music and drill)
2) Student Leadership: starts with you. Learn from those who teach leadership camps. Attend/teach one yourself. Trust your students so they trust you. Dr. Tim, Frank Troyka, SASI, whatever. Learn, do.
3) Set them up for success with small, achievable goals that build upon themselves. YOU decide when they are successful, not a judge. Praise the snot out of them when they do something well. Praise their improvement. Praise maturity/etiquette/hard work/leadership. They must feel like their "hard work" (which is a term I don't prefer ... it's just rehearsal) is benefiting them and their band.
Bands who work hard do so because they want to. It is safe for students to take a risk, shut down negative behavior/attitude, and do the right thing. Building this takes time and effort. I've seen it happen at every kind of school with every kind of kid, no matter their background.
Sorry I'm just scratching the surface, maybe someone can expand (or disagree). Yes, watching other great bands rehearse can be very informative. I've done a lot of that, but there are so many pieces in place with those programs already that you won't truly understand how they arrived at that point.
OK off soapbox, time for drive home. No, I don't teach HS any more. Although I enjoyed it a lot and we were pretty successful. And I miss the HS kids a lot.