Episode 22. Taking What Didn’t Work This Year and Making it Work Next Year

Removing students from band is a controversial topic and not something we take lightly. Obviously, we want our students to enjoy band class, learn and be successful on their instruments, and find a love and respect for music. But what happens when students are not meeting expectations, being dishonest, and routinely disrupting class? We are tackling this difficult topic today and diving into why we need to take things that didn’t work this year and find a way to make them work next year.

Schools all over are noticing behaviors we have not regularly seen in the classroom previously. Whether it was the disruption of in person schooling caused by Covid or other reasons, we have faced some unique challenges this past school year. In order to continue having our band classes be fun, educational, and engaging, we must reflect on what is working and what is not working so we can continue to improve our class structure.

In this episode, we are diving into what issues we saw in our band classes this past year, the system we will be using to help minimize these issues next year, and how we are presenting our new and updated expectations to make sure students and parents have a clear understanding of what is expected of them.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Join us inside the Facebook Group and let us know if you agree or disagree with our new system and removing students from band. We’d also love to hear how things are going in your program, what is working, and any issues you would like help with! We can’t wait to continue the conversation with you!

In this episode we cover:

  • Why we need to reflect on what worked and didn’t work this past year
  • The 7 main issues we encountered with our band students this year
  • What system we will be implementing next year to reduce the number of issues in our band classes
  • What our expectations are for next year and how we are presenting them to the students and parents so that there is no misunderstanding about what the rules are for band
  • Join our Facebook Group and let us know your thoughts on expectations, removing students from band, and what is working in your program!

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The First Six Notes Podcast with Classroom Composers is for band teachers and string teachers looking for great information from experienced teachers. 

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