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Students may tend to join choir more than band due to cost and work ethic, and taking home a tuba to practice is a lot more difficult than singing your part at home. In today’s classroom, students feel the pressure to take the hardest classes, be involved in numerous activities, and find time for a social life. Getting an arts requirement that does not involve hauling home a tuba or violin to practice sixteenth notes and offbeats seems like the better solution.
No matter the reasons, perhaps it would be better to focus on how to get students interested in performing in the band. Do a flash mob. Perform a pop number during spirit week. Play a jazz number at the concert. Get your students out into the community. Have students compose music for the band, and perform those compositions. Find out what your students are interested in, and try to implement those interests into the classroom as best you can.