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Re: First year teacher going to UIL
Like Comm /artist said—sightread every day. Let me add and you probably know this, but s]assess where the kid’s SR skills are. A good way to do this is start with the level one from previous years and read them with no instruction. Keep moving up a level until you find the level they struggle at. This does a couple of things. For many high school nv kids the level one is fairly easy. You can build some confidence and teach the kids to look forward while reading. Moving up levels gradually will show you where you need to concentrate your instruction. Keep working through fundamentals daily and tie these together with your SR work. Once a week, if you can, SR do the full procedure. Practice it, not just for your kids, but for yourself. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen directors get totally flustered in the SR room. Having a set routine and approach will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and the kids will be able to do some things automatically.
On concert music—pick what your band can play. I hate to say this, but do not worry about playing “great” pieces. Play “great” pieces your kids can play, but more importantly play what fits your kids best. Also watch out for the pieces we consider “easy”. Often those pieces have elements that are quite difficult for lesser experienced players.
First year teacher here taking a 5a NV band to UIL. What words of wisdom do you have for me? Looking for everything from teaching philosophies to music selections to tips and tricks on the process. There is alot of wisdom on this board, and I would love to hear everyone's input.