Re: The 1A proposal
Posted by Ok, so on 10/12/2020, 7:31 pm, in reply to "The 1A proposal"
Iíve taught, in my short career, at the 1A to 5A levels. Why, at all, does anyone NOT 1A get an opinion about this? (For reference, Iím 4A now). |
When I was in a 1A school, there was a constant push to cut the program, and it was everything we could do to keep the spark alive and going. If we had had then the setup now, it would have changed the whole environment for us.
The current system, as I understand it, was to bolster support for extant 1A bands and to revive dead programs. Has it done that? Has it, truly, reached such a level of saturation that no more growth can occur? If not, why are we changing it?
Percentage equality? Really? Does it tarnish the specialness of your state run at 2A-6A because the poor little rural kids got a chance to, I donít know, visit a major metropolitan area for the first time? Does it really Ďdiluteí the Ďhonorí of appearing at State if 50% of 43 bands made it?
Are we here in order to provide opportunities for kids to experience the arts, performance, and excellence, or are we here for cheap oak and tin that tarnishes before you finish engraving it?
If you teach 1A, God bless you. I couldnít manage it very long, youíre saints. Let your reps know how you feel about it. If youíre not, teach your bands, love them like your own kids, and donít worry about the 1A crowd. If youíre concerned that itís too easy to make it to state, go grab one of those gigs, or help start a new program for one. The 1A people would love to welcome you to their little slice of heaven, and more than happy to trade you advice and judging gigs.