Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year - My "band resolutions"

Happy New Year!  Each year before heading back to school I try to think about things I did in the first half of the year that could have gone better and things I would like to try in the second half of the year, sort of a list of resolutions for my job.  Here is what I have come up with:

1.  I would like to be more consistent in my regular classroom routines, especially my warm-up.  I try hard to use the same routine for warm-up from beginning band through my oldest groups.  This doesn't mean I do the same things every day, it just means I follow the same formula.  Each class does long tones, breathing, articulation exercises, scales, and rhythms each day.  After this we will do some chorales or other things I want to address.  By using the same formula each day, I make sure I am working on these fundamentals consistently.  While I try to do this daily, sometimes I skip parts to get to our music, especially close to a concert.  I would like to become even more consistent with this.

2.  I would like to write more of my own material for beginning band.  It is really easy to overuse beginning band method books... I'll write more about this some other time.

3.  I would like to improve my classroom management - I know this isn't really specific.  I like to think I do a decent job with classroom management, but you can always do better!  The more structured and organized my classes and classroom are, the easier my day is.  I will post about this as I work on it.

Well, that's it.  What are your "band resolutions?"