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Re: Lessons a pre-requisite for top band?
I would worry less about the parents that might sue, (because nobody is taking that to court. If they had the money to take it to court they would pay for the lessons), and do you have enough kids to actually do it? What if all 25 of your Clarinets refuse to take lessons? Are you ready to fall on your sword and put 0 clarinets in your top ensemble? Are you ready to put the worst 3 clarinets in your top ensemble because "they took lessons" while nobody else wants to?
Think worst case scenario. Encourage them to do it but what's the worst that can happen and are you willing to do that. If the answer is no, don't try it. Find other ways. I would guess you are not willing to get a 3 at UIL because you have no clarinets. Or worse, a 5 because your entire brass section refuses to take lessons.....
Yeah.. that's putting a financial requirement to be in your top ensemble. It happens, and even with need based scholarships, you could get in trouble for it.
No one ever *does* .. but if you have particularly litigious parents, they could sue, and would win.
Does anyone require enrollment in private lessons for a student to qualify for your top ensemble?
I'm trying to find a way to motivate some of my students to agree to lessons since I can't force them to do it. And yes, they have to pay for lessons (we do offer need-based scholarships) so I can see the conflict with making it a top ensemble requirement.