Reply To: Forgotten instruments – Beg. band
I have seen a situation you have depicted while observing some schools. A method which seemed to work for one school was to have the student write a reflection paper covering the topics covered during that days lesson they forgot their instrument. This way the students still must pay attention, and you are also assured that they are going to pay attention. Another method which has worked was when this occurred having the students sing along and work on fingerings with a pencil. With this method it continued to work on the student aural/ oral skills. Outside of these two situations this was a rare occurrence.
I agree that rewards are not called for in this situation.