I don’t even know what to title this…disappointment rageness? I don’t even know…
Today I got an email from the middle school principal. Next year there will be no 6th grade general music or 6th grade band. Instead, because of a new required computer keyboarding class and common core stuff, there will only be “intro to instruments”. All 6th graders have to take it, whether they want to do band or not, and they only get it once a week.
How am I supposed to grow a band program when they’re refusing to give me any time with beginners?
In this situation, I will have to spend more time with discipline and classroom management for the kids who don’t want to be there, which is time I can’t afford to spend when I only see the classes once a week. The kids who want to be there won’t learn anything in that amount of time to prepare them for 7/8 mixed band. The kids this year who get it twice a week have only just gotten to 8th notes! How am I supposed to prepare beginners for 7/8 band when I have to spend most of my time managing the ones who don’t want to be there?
If this keeps up, 6th grade band will eventually phase out and 7/8 mixed band (because there’s no time to have a separate class for each) will be beginners mixed with kids with one year experience, which will essentially mean 7th and 8th grade will just be beginner band twice - because I can’t just let the beginners flounder along with the kids who have a year. And then those 8th graders will get to the high school with barely a beginners amount of experience, and will be so far behind. We’ll have to lower the level that the high school band performs at. Which is exactly the opposite of what I’m supposed to be doing - *growing* the program.
Not to mention, none of the kids who are forced into “band” will want to rent or buy their own instruments, and there is no way we have enough instruments for all of them to borrow. There is no way!
I sent an email back right away trying to explain all of this, but I haven’t heard anything back.
I am just so frustrated with all of this. I had so many plans and ideas for both general music and 6th grade band for next year and now I’m just going to be starting from scratch again.