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Re: Is it funding, support or instruction?
Quality Individual Instruction should be the highest priority. Funding is best served in instruction. Careful selection of music to fit an ensemble is of high importance because the performances at a high level will help breed quality musicianship. Support can be overrated because there are many ways to win people over. Keeping your nose to the grindstone will let others see your hard work paying off after three or five years. Needless to say, there are some situations where support is needed and if it isn't available (or the admin isn't willing...), you could wait for turnover in positions or find a district where you do have support.
1. Instruction (and choosing music carefully)
Before I continue with my intended career of being a band director, I’d like to know some insight before I get out of college. What is it that makes bands in the same district with seemingly the same socioeconomic demographics so different? Is it really funding or is it the school district offering more directors? Everybody practices the same 10 hours during marching season I think so I’m still so perplexed how at pre-UIL contests some bands perform incredibly cohesive tight shows and others have music or marching issues(huge ones)I want to be a director of the first kind of program. What’s the secret?