“My student can’t be in band because they need to make sure that they are prepared in their core courses for college.” “I didn’t sign up for marching band/band because of the time commitment. I didn’t want my grades to suffer.” Every band director has heard some variation of the above statements from parents or students rationalizing a choice to participate in our activity. We have also all noticed a trend on both the state and national level towards needing statistical proof for every choice made involving staffing, funding, and even the necessity of even having arts programs in our schools. How can you make this numbers driven approach to analyzing the worth of your program work FOR you instead of constantly fighting the battle AGAINST it.
Chris Kreke, Associate Director of Bands Carmel, H.S., IN 2011