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Posted by missing the point on 1/16/2020, 12:57 pm, in reply to "Re: Sparks
The point is to not over program for UIL, that's all. "Teaching to a test" would be over programming which would require spoonfeeding the notes and rhythms to the band. The saying that the previous poster was quoting is actually from a very old and very successful band director from many decades ago. He was also a past TMEA president, so I would venture to say he cared about music education, not just contest. I know him personally and met him as a very young, inexperienced but willing to learn, teacher.
Can we stop? "Successful at UIL, Successful at UIL, blah blah blah GET THAT ONE"
How about, instead, you teach your kids to be good musicians and to perform at a high level? In late March/April you have a couple of performances you're doing and then you have to play a kind of silly contrived game. Stop teaching to a test. Those trophies you play way too much stock in will come and, even better, you and the kids will enjoy it a lot more.