There is an old folk story told about an elderly man who had ten sons. He owned a huge farm, and as you can imagine, there were many tasks to be done to keep this old farm in shape. The tasks were usually completed, but almost always at the expense of three or four sons. Those sons would be so worn out at the end of a project that they could hardly begin the next task. They began to become discouraged, but continued to keep trying to keep pace with the rigors of this big old farm.
Then one day, the aging patriarch called his sons to him and taking a previously prepared bundle of twigs from the ground, asked his sons to try to snap these sticks. Each, from the eldest to the youngest, put forth all of their strength, but the bundle resisted the efforts of each.
If your music program is operating without a booster organization, speak with your director to see how parents might be able to help that director with the non-specialized tasks. If your music program has a booster organization, find out about it. Start attending the meetings; help with the director’s workload. Your program will begin to flourish when you begin to help the director break those sticks one by one.Read More