Re: Words of encouragement
Posted by Houston Band on 6/1/2021, 10:08 am, in reply to "Words of encouragement"
This is year 30 for me... talking with mentors and friends has always been important. I think we all have similar feelings - this job is hard. Around year 20, one summer, I took a step back and re-evaluated what was really important. With that in mind, I adopted the philosophy - what was really best for students is what we were going to do. With some tough, and I mean really tough soul searching on my part - I found some of what we were doing was really about the directors and not what was really best for students. Instead of trying to play music that might have been above the current group of students, we have focused on growing each and every individual player. Still playing great music - just maybe not over the students head. Make sure to program more music the students enjoy and the parent would enjoy in concerts. We also took a look at our rehearsal schedule, and while still a time commitment - backed off a bit. We especially cut the number of sets in our show - we continue to go to area, but we know that is as far as we will go unless we up the difficulty level. The positive is we have increased our retention numbers since making the switch to less rehearsal time in the fall - most weeks we average 5 hours per week. |
The other thing in response to your question - is trying to show up 90% of the mornings with a positive attitude. I think - I get paid to teach band, play and demonstrate for kids, and find activities to make it fun - not just for the students, but the staff as well. My attitude is really everything to me... and I have noticed how it has an affect on my co-workers. No, I do not wake up happy everyday - I just try to fake it till I make it to be positive. And the cool thing - sometimes by checking my own attitude, it improves for real. Not always - but most of the time. This past year and a half has been complete bonkers, and there are so many more thoughts.... but just sharing what has helped me.