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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000402.txt from 2001/05

From: Audrey Travis <vsofan@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Band
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 17:38:05 -0400

There are a (small) number of elementary (grade) schools in British Columbia
which require all students at a Grade 6 or 7 level to take band as their music
component. Music is mandated at the elementary level for all children.
Personally, as a band instructor, I disagree with this requirement, and am glad
I teach children who are excited about learning an instrument. The initial
squeaks and shreiks one gets from enthusiastic beginners (who I know will
improve) is enough for me, without those of the kids who are forced to be there.

Audrey

SDSCHWAEG@-----.com wrote:

> In a message dated 5/15/01 3:53:45 PM Central Daylight Time,
> Bilwright@-----.net writes:
>
> << Is it unusual for a junior high school ('middle school' in some
> areas) to require band or orchestra in order to receive a diploma? My
> question is not related to my previous posts about one of my
> grandchildren who was required to play in band. But given our local
> budget dilemma, I would like to hear if such a requirement is highly
> unusual? >>
>
> Yes, I think this is quite unusual. Most junior highs or middle schools that
> I know of have a requirement that students take a certain number of
> enrichment classes, but it can be fulfilled in a variety of ways, including
> band, orchestra, choir, and art. I don't know of anyplace, except through
> your posts, that requires all of its students to take band or orchestra.
> Sue Schwaegler
>
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