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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000217.txt from 2000/04

From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <kevinfay@-----.com>
Subj: RE: [kl] Studio teaching and the Band Director
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000 12:03:23 -0400

Laurie Pestoni asked for some opinions:

<<<It has been my experience (and perhaps yours as well) that band directors
always pick a favorite teacher, even if there are several studio teachers
who submit a resume to him. This means that the middle or high school
student is only told about the favorite private teacher. In some extreme
cases, I've seen band directors actually pressure young students into taking
with one teacher even though they are already taking lessons with another
private teacher. . . . Do any of you think it is ethical for a band director
to refer a private teacher above other qualified private teachers who have
submitted their flyer to that band director? >>>

Absolutely. The band directors I hang out with have one very basic
motivation -- they want their kids to sound as good as possible. If there
is a teacher that has consistently gotten results with a range of students,
you bet they get recommended. Conversely, a "teacher" that consistently
harms students' playing (yes indeed they exist) should not expect any mercy,
let alone referrals.

<<<Do you think it is ethical for a band director to teach private lessons
to their owns students?>>>

Yes. Absolutely if they are "free." Conditionally yes if there has been
full disclosure of the apparent conflict. Oftentimes the band director
*is* the best available teacher.

<<<Is there anything that can be done in a situation like this?>>>

Teach. If you do a great job with the students that you do have -- if they
turn out to be stellar players -- you will end up having to turn students
away. Kids are intensely competitive, no matter what you do. If your
students kick butt at the solo & ensemble contest, you will get hired.

kjf

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