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Re: Making kids choose band
I think we have to ask ourselves why we do what we do and then check if our actions truly represent that philosophy. Is the purpose to "make state" every year, have awards all over the walls, have our name listed in programs or is the purpose to offer students an environment to love music, grow through the activity , and be lifelong supporters of the arts? Including all students regardless of activities they are involved in would seem to support the second of these options. I was a cheerleader in HS as well as involved in the theatre department and many other school groups. All were very time consuming and sometimes took me away from the band program where I was still an All State player. If I had been asked to choose, I wouldn't have the career I have today, as I probably would have stayed with the one that was pushing me away. I can also say that each experience (or group) I was able to participate and be a part of molded me as an educator and offered skills that I use on a daily basis. Isn't developing skills and molding leaders what we are supposed to do as educators? Our band schedules should allow for this to happen.