Monday, October 10, 2005
The PMC Quick Note is a
weekly service provided to all area directors. It is part of our mission
to support the lives of band directors across the
We as music educators are required to take a minimum of four years of coursework before we are allowed in front of a group of students, yet many times we expect our students to assume roles such as drum major or section leader with little or no training. Is there any wonder that these students seldom live up to the expectations set before them? Effective student leadership rarely just happens. The effective drum major is the one who is best able to balance the four primary responsibilities most often asked of them.
Conducting Skills and Techniques (often times best modeled after his/her director – that is what the band is most familiar with watching)
During a performance, the drum major is essentially the band director on the field. Drum majors must remember that conducting is about communicating with the ensemble not just moving your arms in a specified pattern. They cannot help inspire the performance if they are unable to communicate to the band.
Leadership Skills (including: motivating other students, creating excitement, and being a positive role model)
It has often been said “leaders are made not born.” Directors must remember to provide opportunities for student leaders to grow. Developing people skills such as how students can deal with conflict resolution can be very advantageous.
Marching & Maneuvering Fundamentals
Be able to demonstrate and teach the marching style and techniques used in your program. The ability to “do it” versus “teach it” are not the same. Students must be taught how to teach others. Student instructors must understand the three different learning styles (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic). They need to understand that students learn at different speeds. Seniors often forget the challenges that freshmen face and should be encouraged to look at things from different perspectives.
Administrative Skills (take care of details so that the director can focus on the “big picture” of coordinating the many factors of a production)
Many directors find it hard to give up control of even the slightest tasks. The thought process of “if I want something done right it’s easier for me to do it myself.” I find it easier to take the same approach as Ronald Reagan: trust but verify. While it may initially take more time to train someone to do the task, in the long run time is saved and the director’s life is made easier.
Rusty Raymond is the Director of Bands at
Missouri Southern State University in
World’s Fastest Drummer
In 1995 Johnny Rabb received
bachelor’s degrees in both Music Education and Performance from Berklee College
of Music in
J Readers’ Poll. The Guinness Book of Records has Johnny listed as the World’s Fastest Drummer. Johnny proudly uses ROLAND Electronic Percussion as part of his arsenal.
Upcoming Area Marching Band Festivals
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Missouri Western Tournament of
Friday, October 14, 2005
Drums Along the River –
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Francis Howell Central Coliseum
Ozarko Invitational Marching
Park Hills Central Rebel
Can we assist you with anything? Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.
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