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Re: Addressing off-task behavior during band class (phone use)
Consider not allowing backpacks or cell phones in your rehearsal space. If there is a phone used in rehearsal, stop everything and wait while that child puts their cell phone in their backpack.
This takes time but if your students learn of your lack of tolerance then the group may catch on.
Remember the group will perform the way they are rehearsed. Kids WILL BE on their phones in performance if itís allowed in rehearsal.