I really tried to get the scheduling this year with my 7/8 grade band to work out so that they traded off days with winds and percussionists coming to class. They have the class opposite a study skills class and already rotate out with choir so I thought it would work but it wouldn’t. I student taught at a much bigger school where the winds and percussionists in seventh grade were a separate class and I really saw the value (especially for the percussionists because they often get ignored in the back and then goof off) of having the groups separated. I would like to be able to still do this within my classroom on alternating days. I am asking for ideas of what to do with the group I am not working with on the day they are not playing. I have thought of them just bringing homework and getting participation points for doing it, but I don’t know about this. I might be able to get some computers in the room that kids could be on (but no internet). Does anyone know of free or cheap music software that could be downloaded and used without an internet connection. Something where students could be self directed and need little help from me.
Or if anyone has any other ideas of self directed activities the kids could be working on so I am with the other group. The point is to free me up as much as possible to be with the group that is playing, so I don’t want something that is going to take a lot of instruction and guidance from me.
I would appreciate any ideas.