Recruitment of beginning musicians is such an important process, but it can be overwhelming when you don't know where to begin. Staying organized is key to success. If you are a "Type A" personality-- a person that is driven by a sense of order and attention to detail-- then you probably already know what I mean. If not, well, it can't hurt to be a little more organized when it comes to recruitment. After all, the future enrollment of your music program depends on doing this one thing really well.
In the book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, young Harry, upon learning he is a wizard, is taken to Ollivander's Shop to purchase his magic wand. After trying several without luck, one wand suddenly responds to his touch. "Curious indeed how these things happen," Mr. Ollivander tells Harry. "The wand chooses the wizard, remember...I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter."
I believe the same to be true when it comes to choosing an instrument. When a child is paired with the instrument that responds best to he...
It's spring, and while most people are anticipating warmer weather, if you're a band or orchestra director, your thoughts might be more focused on growing your program, rather than on the growing flowers.
That's right. Spring is the season for recruitment for many of us. What can you do to get more students involved? Read on!
1. Captivate students with kid-friendly activities.
Today's student has a wide range of choices in activities. A message tailored specifically for your young audience is key. If you are able to present...