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Have You Thought About Home Recitals? by Jerry Hoover
There is nothing more touching or heart-warming than watching a child get his hands on his first band instrument! It is as though he had been handed Harry Potter’s flying boom!
He can’t wait to begin making music! He can hardly wait to begin playing notes, getting a sound, being in a concert, marching in a parade! At that moment his enthusiasm and his desire to excel are at a fever pitch!
The trick now is to maintain and channel that energy and attention, while drawing in the parents.
This is also when you must begin bringing the parents into this world of bands and molding them into dupportive and involved patrons of your band program. You must win over their conscious commitment to building and protecting your band program. And keep in mind that these families are also being bombarded by gymnastics clubs, soccer, basketball and baseball leagues, ballet classes, volleyball programs and an endless array of other activities.
Learn this lesson quickly….Parents want to see their children perform! Do not think that you have to wait for the band’s first concert three or four months down the road for them to have this opportunity.
There are many methods and techniques you can and should use to begin developing this parental involvement. But here is one…..HOME RECITALS!
Solo performances and memorization are two areas that frequently distress students. But if they do these right from the beginning, it will soon be second nature to them.
Once the young bandsmen have begun playing some of the early four measure exercises (half notes and whole notes), they are ready for their first memorized recital performance.
Train them as a unison group in your band classes to….
These recitals may be repeated in a series of “After Dinner Concerts” as the students move on to various levels of accomplishment in their playing. Other aspects can be added in the form of printed programs, dressing up, inviting a friend for dinner and then playing a duet, etc., etc.
Believe me, the parents will love it!
Jerry Hoover is
Director of Bands at Missouri State
University, where he supervises a total of eighteen bands, including the
340-member Pride Marching Band. After twenty years in the public schools where
he developed award-winning concert, marching, and jazz bands, he accepted the
band position at
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