new teacher--new schedule
Posted 22 August 2006 - 04:13 PM
Posted 14 February 2007 - 04:01 PM
Central Aroostook High School & Fort Street Elementary School Instrumental Music Teacher
Posted 03 September 2007 - 10:08 PM
Posted 15 September 2007 - 02:06 PM
If you are at a point where you are not willing to 'lay it on the line' with your administrators and just want to try and make things work so you can survive for a while, think about this. I teach in a block schedule as well, and although my concert band rehearsal does happen during the school day (although it is split with chorus), my jazz band needs to be scheduled after school. To get an actual full rehearsal without competing with the other after-school activities, I occasionally label my jazz band as a lesson group, allowing them to meet as a pull-out for 1/2 block (blocks are 78 minutes long). It may be possible for you to do something similar to this, at least for a sectional if not a full band rehearsal. Good luck!
Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:10 AM
I am in block schedule, high school level. We have the class every other day for 80 minutes. I have concert band during the day, but all my other "real" ensembles are after school. This includes pep band, jazz ensemble, and marching band.
I do get a small stipend for doing this, nothing great by any means. Because these after school groups (marching band, jazz ensmble, pep band) are what I LOVE most about my job, i have no problem doing it. It is for the kids as well.
I am not sure how any marching band could be competative without after school rehearsals. My concert band is not competative, but if it were, I would definately have after school rehearsals to make sure they are getting everything they need to succeed.
ONe alternative I've seen work really well in some middle and high school programs is to have rehearsal BEFORE school, especially when they get credit for it (you said it was co-curricular, so to me that means they get some sort of class credit for it). By doing this, you only get the kids who REALLY want to be there, meaning a better group to work with. It also avoids conflict with sporting and club activities.