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Re: Behavior and band placement
Being the new director can be hard. Before you walk down the gauntlet of fighting the "eye rollers", their parents, and admin for the remainder of the year. Make sure their behavior is worth the battle. Remember you can do auditions this year in your own manner. Make sure the battle is worth the reward.
I took over a new program this year. Previous director did all of the placement for fall bands. As we approach the end of the semester, I very much want to reorganize some students into different band classes.
According to my assistant (who was here last year), the previous director very strictly did placement solely on musical skill. Blind auditions, the whole bit. I want to factor in behavior and attitude, consider the whole person. There are a few kids in 2nd band, for example, who have great attitudes and could absolutely hang on 2nd or 3rd part in the top band. Some of the top band kids sound great, but give me a lot of eye rolling, talking in class, general bad attitude. Some of them I've written up, others haven't risen to that level (yet). My assistant seems to think I will get a lot of pushback from parents and administration of I demote kids for attitude problems.
How much do you consider a kid's attitude and work ethic when deciding band placement?
If you factor that in, how do you document it in case parents or administrators call you on it?