Picking the perfect piece
5th Oct 2018 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Many Australian band conferences and clinics cater for teachers in the State education system - weekly band practice, limited numbers for recruiting, and large group tuition for students. In the private system, programs run differently and experience a wide and varied range of success. At Redeemer Lutheran College in Rochedale, Brisbane, we have built a dynamic Year 5 Band program that now forms part of our Year 5 music curriculum. It is not compulsory, but for seven years we have had 100% of students opt-in. As a result of this, the band program has grown in 8 years from approximately 60 students in 3 ensembles to roughly 250 students in 4 ensembles. 1/3 of students from Year 5 to 12 now participate in band, and in 2017, our Senior Concert Band won the Queensland Youth Music awards and also received a Platinum Award in A Grade at MusicFest - the two highest possible awards for a Private School band available in Queensland. The Year 12 students in this award-winning ensemble were our first Year 5 band students. So how did we do that? What was the 8-year program that led to this? David Law will candidly discuss the very specific nuts-and-bolts of recruiting and retention - where it all starts right (through luck and collaboration), and where it can all go wrong (and did, and does).