Re: Teaching woodwinds
Posted by Obi Ron Kenobi on 5/15/2020, 10:39 am, in reply to "Teaching woodwinds"
If district/parents don't want my hands on their horn, I don't know. With brass you could wear latex gloves. Otherwise, I plan to swap out mouthpieces; or flute headjoint (knowing some won't fit) or barrel/mouthpiece (again, some won't fit). Regardless, I'm not comfortable blowing into their horn given that COVID apparently transfers basically through breath. I haven't decided for sure on next year yet. |
For perspective as I reply: I'm 50 w 20 years experience. 2A school, 43 incoming 6th grade. I typically get 80% of them in beginner band. Very supportive admin, but one director. Very few COVID cases in our county so far.
So far for incoming beginner recruiting, it's been me doing my typical info gathering (names & numbers for all 5th grade then speaking w 5th grade teachers about basic overall behavior and situations for each student). Then I'm calling each home and scheduling a time for them to come to school and try mouthpieces. I have a set for me and one for them. I wash the mouthpieces with warm soap and water between each kid. It's gonna take me several weeks and I do not expect to see all of them (getting a lot of the typical phone issues; VM full or not set up, etc).
I started last week and have 9 kids done, 1 later today and 6 said they'd call back. All others are in various states of aint-talked-to-em-yet. I realize that's only 37% but it's not 0% either.
I expect to finish during class next year because there's no way I'll get to everyone no matter how hard I try. My admin will do schedule changes as needed the first week or so. This 'system' means the better behaved kids (who I call first), people who answer their phone or respond to messages and parents willing to come to see me for horn testing get first pick. I'm ok with that.
Hope I wrote all that clearly, I'm outta time and gotta go!
How do I teach beginner woodwinds, when I can’t play on their instrument? How will I know whether the instrument or the student is broken?
And my fellow teacher has an immune-diffidence problem.
42 years experience and I’m not sure how to even do a “mouthpiece tryout” under these circumstances.
What are ya’ll going to do?