This is a common occurrence in band class. No matter what children say when they start, I can practically guarantee that something new will spark their interest when they will walk into an exciting and fully equipped band studio. This is a good problem! Capturing a student’s excitement is one of the number one things we can do to motivate him or her to learn. That said, the last thing we want to do is squash that interest. Instead we nurture it in creative ways.
Our number one goal is to not shut them down. For example: When a kid walks into a band that already has an experienced drummer, and decides that he or she wants to try drums as well, we want that chid to know that he or she has just as much to offer as the other drummer and will have an opportunity to rock those drums too.
How we do that:
1. Play games where every student gets to play a particular instrument, in this case the drums. BMF games such as Fire Drill, Jamming on the E, and Drum versus Drum are awesome opportunities for kids to get their hands on instruments they may play otherwise.
2 Switch the instrument line up from song to song. For example, one drummer plays drums on the cover; another plays them on the original. This technique often requires a few reminders in class, reassuring kids that yes, they will have a chance to play drums on the next song.
3. Assign two students to play the same instrument at once. We have bands with two bassists, two drummers, etc., which creates great opportunities for lessons in communication, listening and teamwork. Plus, it sounds super cool!
All in all, our goal is to nurture kids’ interested, instead of limiting them, no matter what. Now is their time to experiment and try new things. The Brooklyn Music Factory is the place to do that!