“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…" - Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
Failure Is Necessary for Learning
It is important to see failure as an opportunity to get better, rather than a sign that you cannot do something. Failure is often presented as a strong negative. Just because you can't do something now doesn't mean you can't do it eventually!
Playing Tests Can Be Re-Done!
- Want to re-do your playing test? Simply sign up for a make-up lesson and I would be happy to hear you again!
- You can also submit a video of your playing test attempt in Google Classroom if you prefer.
Practice and Do Your Best!
Every student is different. Some students can play the instrument well right away, while others need more time. I am more than happy to let you re-do a playing test after you've had more time to practice. The key thing is ensuring practicing is happening regularly at home.
My Child Wants to Quit
The months of February and March can be the toughest stretch for students overall (not just with band). If your child says they want to quit during this time, it may be best to check in again after Spring Break.
- 6th grade students are allowed to quit within 2 weeks of the 2nd quarter (before or after) by using this form. 7th and 8th grade students may use this same form to drop within the first 2 weeks of band and choir classes.
- 7th and 8th grade students have committed to a full year and drops are generally not allowed after the first 2 weeks of band and choir unless there is an extreme circumstance (page 11 of the DAMS Family Handbook).
- It is important to consider the commitment your child has made and what dropping band will teach in regards to commitments and overcoming challenges.
- Every situation is different and discussions are held on a case-by-case basis.
- Why Students Really Quit Their Musical Instrument (and How Parents Can Prevent It)
If dropping, please consider answering some of the following questions:
- What is your primary reason for dropping?
- Are there any other factors that are influencing your decision?
- If you could change things in the band program to make it better, what might some of the changes be?
- Were you satisfied with the instrument you were playing and the methods used to come up with that choice? This includes: instrument placement, interviews at the end of 5th grade, what your family had for you to play, etc.
- What things did you like about band?
- What things did you not like about band?
- Did your parents support and encourage you in band?
- Did you seek extra help by signing up for times?
- Did you attend the entire summer band camp when you started on your instrument?
- Did you practice regularly outside of band class?