Re: MS Honor Band beginners
Posted by OP on 11/5/2018, 12:47 pm, in reply to "Re: MS Honor Band beginners"
Thatís kind of what I figured. In our program, we emphasize scales, articulation, and reading while believing that strong tones are developed while working on these skills. Our beginners perform grade 2 pieces at the end of the year, but that same rate of progress doesnít continue in 7/8 grade which is limiting when it comes to the more challenging literature. To my estimation, our Achilles heel is private lesson enrollment; I would say 15-18% take lessons at some point in the year. Thatís a good number, but nowhere near the Honor Band type programs Iím sure. |
The only ones I can think of are the 1C middle schools, A/AA HS, 3A HS and OCCASIONALLY a 4A HS, though I can't think of a 4A that won honor band and didn't at least have a few kids taking privately.
I am in no way taking a shot at the metropolitan areas of the state that have access to private lesson teachers. Just playing Devil's Advocate because one of the earlier comments more or less insinuated that private lesson instruction didn't make a difference.
Which honor band programs don't have private lessons?
There is some validity to it. If private lesson instruction made zero difference it wouldn't be such a highly used resource in the larger populated areas of the state.
What an Iíll-informed, and also insecure sounding response. Bring some actual input to the discussion rather than bringing your baggage into it.
Building on the skills their private lesson teachers are teaching the kids.
What are the perennial MS Honor Band finalists/winnersí beginners doing at this time of year? Our kids are working on one octave scales, chromatic notes, easy sightreading lines (half/quarter notes/rests) and Christmas music but Iím curious what those kids over in the powerhouse programs are doing, skill/technique wise.