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Re: Is it funding, support or instruction?
The most important thing experienced directors learn is how to rehearse efficiently. Knowing how much can be learned, corrected and retained, and how to maximize that retention. Knowing how to pare down what you do to those things that have a direct positive impact on your performance.
By the way, while most of the Valley schools are low socioeconomic environments, they are not necessarily lacking in funding and especially in staffing.
Also by the way, if you rehearse your band '10 extra hours' you will be sent to the UIL time out room. The maximum is 8 hours.
Thanks so much for your insight.
So with good instruction, you can get to those high calibur performances with the extra 10 hours a week practice time? I went to a competition this weekend in deep South Texas and was so impressed with their musicianship. Even the small schools tackled hard music and I was under the impression that part of the world wasnít well funded. So thatís where I was trying to figure out when I went back to the island on how the bands in my area didnít come close to tackling such hard music with seemingly better funding/support. But your insight makes sense. Iím an out of state student so Iím still in awe of Texas UIL comps of all kinds.
Thanks again for your thoughts.
This wonít be easy. I guess single band directors are at an advantage in terms of distractions.
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, Iíd 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 Iím 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. Whatís the secret?