Convincing an Unsupportive Administration
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February 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm #35255
We are looking to do away with an Elementary Band concert in the spring with recorders, which is grades 4-6 (the concert lasts like 30 minutes max). The elementary choir also shared this concert with the group as well, and the choral director was wanting to add them with the secondary vocal groups for their own concert as well. Instead, we were looking to put those groups with the secondary bands to have one entire instrumental music concert for grades 4-12. Unfortunately the administration, particularly the high school principal, does not seem to like the idea (who has not been supportive for many teachers as of late, including ripping up detentions written by teachers). The superintendent as well as the elementary principal are fine with the idea. Any thoughts?March 4, 2014 at 7:21 am #35410
That seems odd. Why does the HS principal even care? What does it take away from the HS?March 4, 2014 at 10:22 am #35411
He believes that it is too wide of a grade span. Mind you this is a small private school. He also seems to believe it will be too long of a concert, and that anything over an hour, even 30 minutes more, seems to be too much.March 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm #35786
If you could keep it within about 90min(120 tops) it will be no problem with kids and/or parents. If he’s the only one against, I say do it. If it bombs, then you won’t do it again; although I think it would be a great demonstration of the students growth!April 1, 2014 at 11:38 am #36045
I can understand your administrators reluctance because of the length of the concert. We as music educators are used to long concerts, but many parents are not used to such a marathon event. With that said here is what I recommend.
1. Tell him that the directors will work hard to try to keep the concert to a max of 2 hours.
2. Find out if there are any other reasons that he does not like the idea. Than find supporting information that will eliminate his worries that will be meaningful to him.
3. Point out that it is a great recruiting and retention tool to help inspire the younger musicians. It can also be helped to push the older kids to improve their overall musicianship.
4. Consider making it an “every 2,3,4” year event so he doesn’t see it as a 3 hour marathon every year
5. Go in and present your information to him as well as some of the other directors and possibly even the other administrators. Have 3 or 4 different groups of people talk to him about the issue
6. Invite him to a recorder band rehearsal as well as other rehearsals to show him that while it is not HS level it is enjoyable to listen to.
Just some thoughts that could help you along. In my mind you don’t want to bully him into it because he may retaliate. In fact when you meet with him and after you have presented your arguments for your event ask him if he has any suggestions. Tell him What you would like to accomplish and Why, he may come up with a solution that will work and than he feels part of the process.
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