Re: Why Do We Do This?
Posted by well.. on 3/25/2021, 8:14 pm, in reply to "Why Do We Do This?"
I usually don't respond to TYB posts. I'm typically just a lurker on the threads. But this spoke to me today. Here it goes: |
Yep, you're absolutely right. It sucks. A lot. I used to feel like this all the time. Somedays I still feel like this -- but it's gotten a bit better. Things aren't what they used to be. And today, kids are pulled in EVERY direction. And every school activity requires SO much time and effort from the kids where it's nearly impossible for them to balance out amongst the activities. I'm sorry about the FAD thing, as well.
For Some (Potential) Solutions:
-Don't make the program something it's not. It's not "lowering your expectations," it's "adjusting your floors and ceilings" (or, your tops and bottoms in terms of skill levels/effort/culture/quantity). In other words, you need to REDEFINE your definition of "success" for the needs of your program.
-If you aren't already doing it, bring the upper bands (or the drumline!) to tour at the elementary and middle schools. Then make your sales pitch for band and leave it at that -- let the right kids come to you. Even if it's not the number you want... (again, redefine "success"). I've learned the hard way of just getting numbers for numbers' sake, and it NEVER panned out... only take the kids if they want band. Even if the number is small.
-If your FAD is going to question this, do you have data ready to present? You should have a rolling roster of every kid in the program and its history so you can point to a document that proves that you have a unique situation in terms of student interest/engagement and your families' financial situation.
-In terms of equipment, etc... start a "Band Shop" where you sell discounted equipment to promote "buy-in" for the band culture and their individual instruments. (Do the best you can...)
-Perhaps start a jazz band? A rock band? A mariachi? Maybe don't go to UIL? (*gasp*) Again, don't make your program something that it's not. Show your FAD the data first, though...
-LOVE music yourself! And EXEMPLIFY THAT to your kids. I know that some days this is certainly harder than others... but, do you show them videos of your favorite pieces? Do you play your own instrument as you teach the classes? Do you play your favorite recordings over the speakers before/after school?
Hope this helps.