I want to pick your brains regarding an "applied music class" for marching season. Please understand I'm not talking an 'advanced' class or theory class but a class for the students who are musically underachieving.
I would like to consider implementing this for my high school program where in order to be in the high school marching band you must pass-off the school song, fight song, and the range-appropriate scales for your instrument in the spring prior to each fall. For the students who do not meet the requirement they are placed in 2nd period, they focus on music fundamentals, and they do not participate in the marching drill. They would still attend band camp, they would still attend games and participate in 1st, 2nd, and 4th quarters, pep rallies, parades, etc, but they do not participate in the marching drill.
Is there anyone here who does something like this? If so, what was your experience? What are the pitfalls? What were your successes? Did you continue doing it? If not, would you do it again?
Sorry to ramble, just tired of having to work the same sets in the marching drill for 6-10 kids when the other 80 are doing exactly as they are supposed to. Trying to find new ideas!