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Re: MS/JH S&E
Posted by MSBD on 10/21/2019, 4:51 pm, in reply to "MS/JH S&E
Host your own? Invite neighboring MSís? Charge a small fee to invite local judges?
Where can I find a MS/JH Solo & Ensemble contest that is open to any school? Specifically in Central/West-Central TX (between Midland/Odessa and San Antonio)? If they are out there, I can't find them and they don't advertise very well.
In my area (central Texas), I know of a few schools that host what is basically a beginner solo and ensemble contest. Designed for first year players to do an easy solo (usually from mid-book in a method book) and get some feedback, it's not really what I'm looking for.
First of all, why doesn't UIL do S&E for middle school/junior high? They start UIL academics in 2nd grade, why not S&E in 5th or 6th? Your argument may be that Music Memory is the "UIL Music thing" for those grades. But many of the 2-8 UIL events seem to be specifically designed to transfer into the HS UIL academics events. There is JH one-act play, there is JH Concert and Sight Reading "Evaluation." Why isn't there JH Solo & Ensemble?
I want to get my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students doing S&E and be ready for it in HS. I know that I could just get them to do things on their own for a grade or for fun, and some would.
I know of other (much larger) schools that do their own in-house S&E contest. The kids want more.
Lets be honest. Many/most kids don't do band, S&E, region band because they love band (I know that a lot do, but hear me out). They do it to go on a trip. To get out of their one horse town, go to the "big city" and get a meal at Olive Garden or Chik-fil-a. If that is what I need to dangle in front of them, I will do it. I just have to get them there once and they will be hooked and more likely to want to do it in HS.