[ Post a Response | The Yellow Board ]
Posted by SaxGeezer on 1/8/2020, 8:53 am, in reply to "Depressed
There are professionals who advocate for the fine arts. You can contact them to come to your school and speak to your board in hopes of easing their apparent bias against Fine Arts classes. They come armed with extensive research showing how participation in FA programs is proven to make a significant increase in standardized test scores (your district's likely motivation). You could be fighting a losing battle though. Perhaps another poster can help you contact one of these Fine Arts advocates.
Barring that I'd suggest one of two things. Of those 100ish students you lost, there are likely a few frustrated parents. If one or preferably more of them (especially if this is a recurrent issue year to year) were to get loud about the situation with the school board and/or a local media outlet... that could be very beneficial. After that, a move to a more arts friendly district might be your only alternative.
If you work at a school where band isn't considered important, how do you handle your day to day?
I find it very difficult to find motivation knowing that I can't build the program. It doesn't matter how many kids I recruit or if I help kids grow as musicians. Students don't get placed in band or in the wrong classes.
I had to let go of about 100 kids this year because the counselors and admin refused to schedule them in band. They created a master schedule to help with testing. All elective classes are small this year.
I am really struggling with my personal motivation.