The Director’s Guide to Recruitment + Instrument Selection

The Director's Guide to Recruitment and Instrument Selection

As a band or orchestra director, few tasks are more important than recruiting new students. To help ensure the longevity of your music program, we’ve compiled recruitment and instrument selection advice from top educators across the country.

Whether you’ve experienced just a few instrument fitting days, or dozens, these tips that can help your next event be more successful with less effort.

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #015:
Ultimate Recruitment Guide

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #015: Ultimate Music Student Recruitment Guide

Savvy music educators know that getting students signed up for their program is a critical part of the job. If your program isn’t growing, it isn’t thriving. Having a great recruitment and retention strategy not only keeps your ensembles sounding great, but also helps expand your budget, secure support from the community, and show value to administrators.

Successful Recruitment Is a Process, Not an Event

Successful Recruitment Is a Process, Not an Event

This time of year many of us are gearing up for recruitment of our new beginner musicians. Running recruitment can be time-consuming and a little overwhelming amidst everything else the busy director has to do. But of all the non-teaching responsibilities required of the band or orchestra director, recruitment is most worthy of every ounce of energy we put into it.

Maximizing the School Counselor’s Impact

Maximizing the School Counselor’s Impact

The secretary. The custodian. The counselor. These people in your building play an often behind-the-scenes, yet vitally important, role in your program’s success. Of these three, however, the counselor is often the most underutilized. It was not until I became a school counselor (after 10 years of teaching band) that I realized the many ways counselors affected my band program and wished I had known then what I know now.

5 No-Fail Beginning Band Retention Activities

5 No-Fail Beginning Band Retention Activities

Nothing is more important to the success of our music programs than retaining the students who are already enrolled – particularly the beginners. We have to teach the beginners as if they have a scheduled performance at Carnegie Hall. In my previous post, I shared the S.M.A.R.T. approach to retention – i.e.

The S.M.A.R.T. Approach to Music Ensemble Student Retention

The S.M.A.R.T. Approach to Music Ensemble Student Retention

Once students are in your program, it’s vital that you retain them. Retention starts with our very beginning-level students and it is vital that we focus on keeping them once they have started in the program.

There are five pillars to effective music ensemble student retention and I offer an acronym to help remember them by.

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #016: Retention Tips

Music Ed Mentor Podcast #016: Retention Tips

A great recruitment strategy is key to keeping your program healthy and maintaining or increasing enrollment. Equally important is to retain the students you already have. Making sure that kids don’t run off for a shiny new elective is just as important as getting them in your door in the first place.

Beginning Teachers and Micropolitical Issues at School

Beginning Teachers and Micropolitical Issues at School

I have spent most of my research career examining the challenges faced by beginning music teachers and exploring strategies such as mentoring and induction to support new teachers (Conway, 2015). The studies in this area are consistent in documenting common novice teacher challenges such as classroom management, scheduling and resources, and the feeling of being silenced.