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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001478.txt from 1998/04

From: benevolent1@-----. Horney)
Subj: [klarinet] Re: Middle School Music Scheduling....Help!!!
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998 13:42:40 -0400

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> We do not have individual schedules for students. They travel as a
class to
> each major subject teacher. Besides the academic classes (Math,
Science, 2
> periods of Language Arts, Foriegn Language), we have 2 periods of UA/PE
> rotation, in which General Music, Home Ec., Technology, Art, Health,
> Physical Education are allotted a certain number of weeks each
> Phys. Ed. meets EVERY DAY).
When I was in middle school, I had the option of taking band as an
elective class. My elementary school system, however would lend itself
well to a middle school setting if the elective system is not available.
We would be pulled out of class once a week for special supplemental
classes: gifted and talented, speech therapy, counseling sessions, or
remedial studies in any of three fields (language arts, math, or
science). (From the description similar to your PEP class period.) We
also had a PE period in which each class was pulled out once a week for
General Music Studies and again for computer classes. Each class would
only be in PE class three days a week, but there would be a PE class
taught every day. Perhaps instead of going with their classes on the
general music day, the band students could be allowed to go to PE and
have their band class on a different day - with the rest of the
I would really hesitate to schedule a rehearsal when the gifted and
talented classes are. I know that my parents would never let me miss an
academic-enrichment class for a band class, especially if there was no
other time I could go to the academic class. Is there anything
preventing you from scheduling practices after school? The kids in
athletics (or whatever after school activity) will probably be excused
from practice if you were to approach the sponsor or coach.
Also, have you talked to the administration about the scheduling problem?
There may be regulations the do not allow you to pull them out of PE or
the PEP classes. I'm sure if you were to bring the scheduling problems
out in the open you would get a response, and probably a favorable one.
I hope that the scheduling problem gets better, it sounds as if you have
your hands full.

Sarah Beth
ICQ UIN 6585512

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