Concert Band Directors are music teachers, guidance counselors, administrative secretaries, event planners and fundraisers… all in one glorious position! We never think about that on the first day on the music job bringing the joy of music to the youth in our classrooms who sit quietly and patiently waiting on every word, the perfect models of discipline. No. We learn through surviving storm after storm and learning from our experiences...
Each school that is fortunate enough to have a concert band, is making a commitment to having an ongoing band of students performing concerts throughout the year. Does anyone notice that some of those same schools that made this commitment don’t actually support your program? How many concert band teachers have been pulled in to temporary substitute teacher roles when the science teacher is out sick? And how many of us have actually HAD budgets let alone had budgets that were promised but eventually cut?
I’ve travelled the country meeting with thousands of music teachers, thousands of concert band directors, and I can tell you without exaggeration that over 75% of them were suffering from this lack of school commitment. So what’s the solution?
The solution comes from your product. In other words, as you take care of business making due with what you have and constantly churn out musician after musician, talented student after talented students (all the while making your needs known), your program becomes a magnet. And it’s a good type of magnet that attracts attention, funding, supplies, press, opportunities and parent involvement.
What are YOUR best practices, favorite motivators or biggest accomplishments in your program?