Reply To: Why band must be a year course and not a semester course:
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This is a fight I have to fight frequently with my administration – they think band and strings should be offered as QUARTER electives (8 weeks) like many of the other electives in the middle school. If anyone has any research or advocacy materials that I can share with them, please please share them here! Every time I meet with my admin, they make it clear that they think I am being unreasonable and not a team player for insisting it be a year long commitment. My arguments about consistent practice and progress, developing as a group, preparing for performances and festivals that do not line up with the quarters, and needing to choose appropriate music based on ability and instrumentation….are falling very flat. I will definitely be looking to CMEA and LAUSD for materials too!