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  1. tubadude62

    Recruitment Ideas

    And, I don't think any of us are saying those things shouldn't be taught at every level. It would be a total abdication on the part of any teacher not to.
  2. tubadude62

    Recruitment Ideas

    Expectations at healthy, comprehensive programs are set with the input of all teachers. Subjugating middle school teachers to, basically, a means to an end, isn't good for the students. It's only beneficial to the high school teacher. The middle school teacher doesn't work for the high school teacher, nor are they obligated to a vision which doesn't serve the best interests of the students they are teaching. This is not the same as any teacher failing in teaching their students to be quality musicians. If the attitude of a high school director is for a teacher to get on board or else, that's not a place worth working at. There are plenty of successful programs in the country that promote a positive workplace environment which puts the interests of students first.
  3. tubadude62

    Recruitment Ideas

    There's a difference between a high school program recognizing the importance of an associated middle school program, and treating the middle school program as a "feeder." There is no obligation to serve as "a good feeder." Any teacher's obligation is to teach the students they have.
  4. tubadude62

    Recruitment Ideas

    Also, if a high school director views their associated middle school band as mostly or only a "feeder," they are setting up a one-way, toxic relationship with their potential students and their current teacher. At that point, it's parasitic.
  5. tubadude62

    Recruitment Ideas

    That a middle school band "feeds" the high school program reduces its purpose to just that. A middle school band is its own program with its own justification for existing. It's like saying that a music program of any type only exists because it will improve math and reading scores. It's inaccurate and does a disservice to the teacher(s) and their students.
  6. tubadude62

    New KMEA Guidelines

    The answer to our failure to mitigate the virus isn't to continue to fail. Since as a country we have failed, a hard course correction is needed. Which, in this case, means no in-person schooling. How we've not adequately prepared for that reality is another topic. Since this scenario is what is needed, it's imperative that teachers prepare themselves and their students for what this looks like. We have to remember that a student's need for safety is the highest priority. After that comes their need for an education in music. Since safety is paramount, the vehicle for education must fit that reality. Marching band, no matter what form that takes, has always been a want. In Kentucky, more often than not, it even detracts from a student receiving a well-rounded music education. In no way can a want get in the way of a student's safety. If a teacher who has been given the latitude to make their own decision on this matter wishes to continue on in any format with marching band, they are making the choice to endanger every person under their charge. In the service of a want. At best, they are negligent in their duties. At worst, they care not for the lives of those around them. This is an opportunity for teachers to reimagine how music education is relevant to the student, school, and community. For the overwhelming majority of classrooms, the pandemic has shown that the large ensemble setting was already teetering on the edge of obsolescence. Exploring modes of teaching that more closely match the relaties of music making today, while still providing students with necessary fundamentals, will only benefit every stakeholder.
  7. tubadude62

    Grand Nationals

    There are a lot of factors to consider when making this comparison, which I will attempt to limit: How long have the Japanese students been playing their instruments before beginning to march? How well is their music schooling funded? What are the community expectations for music education? It's also important to debunk the thought that Japanese band programs in general are successful and high-caliber, full stop. I lived in Japan from early 2016 to late 2018, and in that time experienced that Japanese music programs are similar to American music programs in that many factors play into the quality of the programs. And, that their bands range from top-flight, to bottom-tier, and everything in between. The examples often provided to us at the elementary, middle, and high school levels are the cream of the crop, and are funded and supported accordingly.
  8. tubadude62

    External Music Opportunities

    There are a number of universities in the state that host honor bands throughout the year: https://finearts.uky.edu/ukbands/honors-wind-ensemble http://uoflbands.com/special-events/invitational-honor-band/ https://www.murraystate.edu/academics/CollegesDepartments/CollegeOfHumanitiesAndFineArts/Music/FestivalsWorkshops/index.aspx https://www.wku.edu/music/band_clinic.php https://ekubands.eku.edu/high-school-honors-band https://www.asbury.edu/academics/departments/music/all-star-band-clinic/ https://www.moreheadstate.edu/Caudill-College-of-Arts,-Humanities-and-Social-Sci/mtd/Music/Bands/Concert-Band-Clinic
  9. tubadude62

    All-State Results

    1. My understanding about this being a marching band message board was stated above. I've been associated with this board and boards before it since 2004. Before moving from Kentucky, I was involved with music education in the state in some form or fashion for 16 years. The lens through which this board and this state operates is clear and needs no explanation. 2. I don't think anyone is expecting a novel about this topic. It should be pointed out that there are lengthy opinions shared on this board about a very narrow segment of our state's band programs. I think it would be beneficial to the health of Kentucky bands if some effort was made to so much as acknowledge that more than just marching band exists. And, that there are groups and individuals who are doing well outside of that world.
  10. tubadude62

    All-State Results

    1. Recaps are made available to interested persons by band directors. My point: there's not as much interest in anything not marching-related. It's up to everyone to determine whether or not that's a good thing. 2. I'm not understanding the point here. Because an event happens with less frequency, people don't talk about it? 3. These threads prove my point. Proportionally, there's not anywhere near the discussion about non-marching aspects of Kentucky band programs. 4. Boiled down, it's my opinion that: There are barely a handful of programs in Kentucky that have the means to afford a well-rounded, comprehensive music experience to their students. Those who are a tier below that have the means to offer significant opportunities, but instead dump most available resources into marching band. I think the general discourse of these boards show that.
  11. tubadude62

    All-State Results

    Please argue the point. It's far too easy to resort to this.
  12. tubadude62

    All-State Results

    I don't like to make comparisons between two things, because apples and oranges, etc. I also understand that this is a marching band discussion board. However. It might take only a couple of hours on the day of a marching band show to see recaps posted to these boards. The subsequent praise and derision of entire programs and directors lasts until the next competition. In direct comparison, we can see on these boards the total lack of desire to recognize the individual efforts of students, private teachers, and directors for the work required to achieve this honor. Correlation is not causation, but I think I can infer that: if our peers, many of whom grew up in a program which experienced success on the field, are not offering support to this group of musicians, they themselves may not have received an appropriate amount of support in such an endeavor.
  13. tubadude62

    All-State Results

    Is there a pdf with a complete listing available?
  14. tubadude62

    Band directors

    I would suggest asking an administrator about that. And, to clarify, a person is hired as a coach entirely separate from their teaching contract. As such, how a person performs as a coach should never influence how they are evaluated in the classroom.