Middle School Recruitment Approaches
Date: February 10, 2016
I'm not new to teaching music, but I am new to teaching middle school chorus, and I'm looking for recruitment ideas for academic year 2016-2017. I jumped in 10 days ago after the former choral teacher had resigned in October and various substitutes have held the program together, but there has been lots of attrition over the months, and the numbers are very low.
My school (6th - 8th grade) has 6th - 8th grade band, but only 7th and 8th grade chorus. I believe I can establish a 6th grade chorus for next year, however, I will need to recruit. I also have 4 octaves of handchimes, which I have used with the chorus classes and they love them, so that could be a draw, if not for chorus, for a chime ensemble.
The band director is very aggressive in recruitment, and with 6th grade band in place, it is easy for that to monopolize the music program. I would expect some competition from band, should I push for a 6th grade chorus. I look forward to your ideas and experiences in this endeavor.
Replies (6): Threaded | Chronological