|Posted on May 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM|
May 15, 2015
As we end our school year I am starting to hear the usual talk of “switching instruments.” Before we end the year I would like to take a moment to tell you my official thoughts and stance on this matter. Band students go through an instrument fitting process at the beginning of their band career. We have the students do this so a music professional can work with them and help them determine the best instrument choice for them.
When we get to the end of the year the students have learned several notes and songs on their instrument. At this point some of them get curious about other instruments. Often times their best friend plays something else and they decide they want to switch to that instrument. Sometimes they just get “bored” with their instrument, especially if they excel at it. Others may be struggling to get a good sound or to learn the notes so their immediate thought is that if they switch to a new instrument that it will be “easier.”
The truth is, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Even if their friend plays another instrument they will still be together in class no matter what they play. (Most of my best friends in band played a different instrument than I did.) If they feel bored or can play the songs we are doing in class now things will change next year. We group the middle school bands by ability. They have the opportunity to play more challenging music and advance to a higher-level band with practice and hard work. If they are struggling, switching to another instrument is only going to put them a year or two behind everyone else.
The bottom line is, I want students to stick with the instrument they originally chose to play. In rare, case-by-case situations, with my advanced approval students are permitted to switch. I make these selections based on the instrumentation needed for our ensembles, the student’s ability level and what will be best for the individual student. Please encourage your child to stick with the instrument they chose to play. I ask that you contact me with any questions or concerns before you make any decisions. The goal is to keep everyone in band on the instrument that fits them the best and that they enjoy playing ☺ I am here to guide you and your child to a successful band career. Thank you and have a great summer!!!!
Categories: LES/LMS Band