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Anybody else struggling to keep incoming freshmen?
Posted by OutOfIdeas on 6/2/2021, 5:10 am
I am failing to keep kids in band when they enter the high school. I've visited the middle schools twice a week for the past 3 years (would do it more, but I have 3 middle school feeders on a daily rotation to see all the kids at least once a week). I've built relationships with these kids. I've helped these kids go from being unable to play a Bb scale, to learning region music. And still they get to the high school and say "band is too much work, I'm going to try this sport/elective instead." And these are talented kids that I got along with well! I recognize that it must be something that I am lacking. Anybody got any advice? I take it so personally when these kids end up quitting, but I am at a total loss as to what to incorporate to keep these kids in the band program!