Re: Number of Beginner Classes
Posted by Doc Too on 4/13/2021, 11:02 pm, in reply to "Number of Beginner Classes"
Depends on your staff. The big boys always have beginner classes for every instrument. If you can teach every instrument effectively, way cool!! |
If that causes a lot of doubling up, consider these basic instrument classes (flute, clarinet/sax, trumpet/cornet, trombone)
And here is how you decide which you prefer of those plans:
Is it better to:
A) teach all instruments and get to only two scales and nothing past eighth notes
- or -
B) teach those four classes and get to at least six scales and all rhythms including triplets and sixteenths.
If you choose the four basic instruments, then you make it an honor to be asked to change instruments, find the hard workers, and switch some to oboe, bassoon, horn, tuba, euphonium, and even percussion. There will always be those who are ready for a new challenge, can take private lessons on the new instrument, and will progress very quickly because you have taught them to be musicians. So they just apply that differently.
Some folks prefer checking grades and switching the straight A kids. I find that grit and determination is not considered in that plan, and I can only learn about that by having them for a year on a basic instrument. Give me a B/C student with an ear and some guts to switch to those difficult color instruments every time.