Reply To: Band 5 – Not getting any better at all.
Thank you for responding. I have considered delaying beginning band until Grade 6. At that point I would see students 4 days a week.
I am moving as many students as I can from the lower to the upper band at this point. Dividing the group in this way was an experiment; I’d never done it before this year. As you pointed out, the strong may be able to guide the weak. And, I would see everyone for four days each week.
And those practice sheets. I recently heard a presenter at our state conference point out that the kids won’t practice, they’re too busy with stuff, and everything else you pointed out invariably happens. So, he suggested letting them practice in class, chair contests, and other good ideas I can’t recall right now.
You’ve given me many good ideas. Thanks for taking the time.