Help returning pull out lessons to the curriculum
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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.
I feel your pain! However our Disctrict went to a rotating lesson schedule so that no one misses the same class 2 weeks ina row. Also there are great articles about lesson pull outs and academic achievement. Just google that topic and you’ll find good documerntation to support your cause. FYI there is NO negative effect on academic achievement!
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