Losing Middle School Choir
Date: April 13, 2014
Currently I teach in a small school district (350 K-12). My position has gone from teaching K-6 general/vocal to 3-12general/vocal.
3-6: two sections for each grade 23min everyday
7-8: every day for 43min
HS: everyday for 55min
There is another teacher teaching 5-12 band and a part-time teaching K-2
I have told administration that the schedule above is too much and am asking them to find a solution that will lighten my load. Their solution is to give MS choir to the band director. We as a music department object to this proposal for many reasons.
The continuity of building the choral program will be diminished going back and forth between two directors from 6th to MS to HS.
The load put on one person to teach all MS music: Fewer students will be able to participate in festival events(solos & ensembles) because one person must prepare ALL kids. This year for MS festival our department had 2 bands, 3 choirs, 6 ensembles and 31 soloists.
Concern regarding retention and recruitment transitioning from MS to HS.
My administration has asked for research about the pros and cons of the above proposal. I would appreciate any experience you have that might be relevant to the success of a small school music program.