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Re: Why Do We Do This?
I feel the same way. I recruit more than all of the other electives combined. We just sent out our 4th mailout of the year to 5th graders and their families. We've even pushed to get to the point where they don't have to buy a single thing to be in band (except for the now optional band shirt). Yet, they sign up for robotics, art, theatre, Spanish, and now coding. We are the only elective that actually tells the students "We want you to be in our class" but they don't care. Why? It takes to much work. "Oh, I have to tryout different instruments? Never mind." "Oh, I have to perform at a concert? Forget it." "Oh, I'm actually going to have to do stuff in class instead of goof off and play around? Pass." It doesn't matter what we do or say the kids don't want to join. And forget about trying to reach the kids through the parents. Gone are the days where parents made kids do anything that was actually good for them. Instead of being in band and learning life skills, they'd rather let them be in Spanish when they already speak, read and write it fluently. They'd rather let them be in Art where they don't actually have to create anything. They'd rather them be in Robotics where they can literally play with Legos all period long (the only actual robotics stuff is done in the competition group after school - this is actually told to potential student in their recruitment video).
Bottom line is that some communities don't value band (or any arts). No matter what you do you cannot change it, despite all of those clinic that claim otherwise.