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Re: Why canít my kid play saxophone or the drums?
When I used to hold instrument placement auditions, I would have every student choose a wind instrument. Students interested in playing percussion would have to come back for another audition individually with me (which would weed a few out). At the audition, I would turn on a metronome and have the student tap their foot to the beat. I would then engage them in conversation to see if they could maintain a steady beat while focusing on other things. I then tapped a couple of rhythms on my lap and had the students pat them back. There was also a piano sight-reading - essentially, it was a B-flat 5-note scale up and down in quarter notes.
Conducting placement auditions this way positioned the right students in the section and helped with evenly-distributed instrumentation. This way, if a student wants to play percussion, but they're only one of a few tubas you have, you can maintain somewhat balanced instrumentation.
Hope this helps!