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Re: TMEA Virtual?
The kids need buy in. Those performances and contests motivate a lot of students. Not the directors but the students. And that's okay. Very, VERY few 15 year olds are interested in music for the sake of music. They want their friends, (keep taking that away when we close down), they want to perform, (keep taking that away not allowing concerts or contests), and they want to play their instrument. I like practicing when I have something coming up. I don't like to practice just to practice and I'm a professional. What do you think these kids are doing.
That outside stuff will have an impact on how "serious" they are about learning to play. If it's only for a grade versus public performance you will get two VERY different results.