Last year I signed my daughter up for an amazing class for toddlers. It was really fun, good for her, and she loved every minute of it. The following year, I signed her up again, and at the very first class she did the exact same activity that she did the year before.
This time it fell flat.
After a few classes we ended up dropping. She wasn’t feeling it anymore and didn’t know why.
She was a year older. She needed a new and interesting challenge. She was no longer psyched by the same goals and activities.
She had been there done that.
The reason I recognized what was going on was because I had seen this happen at my very own school. A child signs up for Rock, Write and Record, ages 9-11. Comes in for year one at age 9 and is so psyched to be playing in a band. Then, that same child comes in year two at age 10, and finds him or herself bored, doing the same thing he or she did last year.
By age 11, we’ve lost them emotionally.
They have checked out and might drop out of the band.
This is a loss that is bigger than BMF. This loss often translates to a student’s relationship with wanting to learn music all together. A result that is against everything we aim to do here at the Brooklyn Music Factory which is to create a lifelong love of learning and playing music.
That’s why we’ve now created a clear music fluency guideline for each type of band. (read more HERE)
No longer will a student be in a band where they’ve been there done that. We now have a concrete way to measure each individual’s level and where they should go next. It is with this, that we can be sure that students continue to be excited to learn and are challenged by what they are learning. They will be given the environment that is best suited for them to most effectively learn and thrive.
Questions? Schedule a 15 minute call with Jessica today. CLICK HERE.
Let’s not just do this – let’s do it right.
Director of Junior Band Dept.