Re: Interviewing prospective percussion directors
Posted by Purple Monkey Dishwasher on 9/8/2021, 10:14 am, in reply to "Interviewing prospective percussion directors"
I think that the most important qualities to look for have little to do with music. You want someone that has integrity, good organizational skills, and is personable with parents and students. There are young teachers and veteran teachers that are good at these things. There are young teachers and veteran teachers that lack these traits. Bottom line is that you don't want someone that makes your job harder because they are a loose cannon, touched the honey/money, or because they need to be micromanaged. |
As far as the musical qualifications, I agree with several of the other people that have responded. Many of these things can be learned or can be misleading on the resume. What I want to see is how effective they are at taking a beginner class through a middle school and high school program. How do they teach and break down the more complex concepts? In the end, it doesn't matter how good of a player the perc. director is but rather how good he/she can make the students.
Additionally, I think that there are some terrific percussion directors out there that also teach a competing band and do that as well as they teach percussion. This is who I would lean towards because it is indicative that they "get" band as a whole rather than percussion/drumline being independent. Granted, not all percussion directors have the opportunity for time on the podium due to scheduling, school size, band enrollment numbers, etc., but what I really try to filter out is the guy that scoffs at the notion of teaching a beginner trombone class because "it's not what I signed up to do." Those people are out there and do not make good staff members.