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					    Components of Your
Instrumental Music Program

            Professional Development
            Milford Public Schools
            August 29, 2008
Recruiting

   The MOST important event for your program.
   Planning & Preparation is key.
   You are selling your program – the impressions
    you make will make a difference.
   Communication is essential.
Timeline
 Get to the students early.
 Send a letter home to all parents.
 Demonstration concert for students.
 Mouthpiece / Instrument Trials
 Rental / Information Night
Customize Your Approach

 Set enrollment  goals.
 Identify short term and long term
  instrumentation needs.
 Communication is key.
Assembly for Students
 Play ALL of the instruments that you will
  offer for the students or invited older
  students to help.
 Songs selection can affect students
  choices. Choose carefully.
 Your enthusiasm for your class will be as
  important as the musical performance.
Instrument Testing
The purpose of having students try
 instruments is multifaceted:
•   Generates enthusiasm.
•   Aid students in selecting an instrument that will
    allow them to be successful.
•   Influence instrumentation.
Information (Rental) Night

   Be available to parents before AND after the
    meeting.
   Have parents sign in.
   Discuss the key aspects of your program.
   Provide parents with information about renting.
   Invite more than one vendor.
   SELL YOURSELF AND YOUR PROGRAM.
Follow Up
 Mail information packets to parents who
  could not attend.
 Allow parents time to obtain instruments.
 Work with classroom teachers to develop a
  schedule that they can support.
 Be available to students for questions.
Ongoing Recruiting
 Recruiting never stops!
 Utilize MS & HS performing
  ensembles.
 Every concert is a recruiting
  opportunity.
 Consider Tri-M
Rentention
 Begins at the first lesson.
 #1 reason students quit is frustration or
  feeling of failure.
 Teaching approach must ensure that
  students can play songs independently as
  soon as possible.
Follow Up
 Positivereinforcement.
 Achievement “honor rolls”
 Postcards home.
 Communication with home.
 Written assignments.
 Performances.
Roundtable
Curriculum = Literature

 The music we select IS our curriculum.
 How do you find music?
 What is your criteria for selecting
  music?
Method Books
 What makes a method book good?
 Is one better than another?
 Are you meeting your recruiting / retention
  goals and is this a factor?
 When do you switch?
 How does technology fit in?
Connecting to the Standards
1)   Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2)   Playing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3)   Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4)   Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5)   Reading and notating music.
6)   Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
7)   Evaluating music and music performances.
8)   Understanding relationships between music, the arts, and
     disciplines outside the arts.
9)   Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Concert Planning
 When possible, put the musical and learning
  needs of the students first when scheduling
  performances.
 Consider all school events when scheduling
  concerts.
 Utilize all of your resources.
Concert Programming
   Select music that meets your curriculum.
   Select music that addresses the standards.
   A “Band” or “Orchestra” concert should reflect the
    design of the ensemble.
   Consider long term curricular goals when selecting
    music for winter and spring and from year to year.
   Core literature vs. Contemporary literature.
   Something for everyone.
Resources
   Colleagues
   Conferences – State, Eastern Division, National
    & MidWest
   Books
   Recordings
   Websites & Stores
Creating Units
   “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band”
   Standard of Excellence Series
   Utilize vocabulary lists.
   Rhythm, Harmony, & Melody
   Keep students engaged when working with larger
    classes.
   Expose all instruments to melody and harmony.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration

 Create a musical community within your
  school.
 Interaction and collaboration with colleagues.
 Visually enhanced performances.
Roundtable on Literature

				
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