I teach in a small, rural, K-12 district. There are 2 music teachers for our under 500 student population. I teach all instrumental students. I have a 5th and 6th grade beginner band. Up until this year, the elementary band has rehearsed twice every 6 days for 30 minutes and had small group lessons once every 5 days for 30 minutes. This year due to Common Core, APPR, and seat time requirements, I am no longer allowed to pull out elementary students during the day. I now rehearse the full band ONCE every 6 days for 30 minutes and do not have small group lessons. I AM able to see my sixth graders by class section once every 6 days in mixed instrument groups. However, in doing this, I only see my fifth grade beginners once every 6 days total in the following groups, trumpet and trombone, clarinet and sax, and flutes. They do not come to full band rehearsal. I did not start any new percussionists.
We have some new administrators and I would like to propose that pull out lessons be returned to the elementary program. Has anyone had this experience in their school? I would love any suggestions or supporting documents I could use to show that lessons do not have a negative impact on classroom learning.