REWIND....our "Band Director" ???
Ok, so maybe Ms. Rinard should be flattered. Historically, being a Band Director brought with it a certain level of prestige. Fast forward to 2010 and I'm not convinced that labeling school music teachers as "Band Directors" is a good thing.
Here's another example of how the term "Band" can be misused.
"The 5th period bell rings. Rebecca enters the classroom. Rebecca's teacher says,
"Hi Rebecca, here's an overview of what we'll be working on during class since I know you have Band Lessons this period."
Every time I hear this phrase, I picture Rebecca going to the Band Room to learn how to be a Band member. I envision her learning how to sit up straight, placing both feet flat on the floor and learning how to raise her instrument when the Band Director raises their baton. I picture her trying on her Band uniform just to make sure it fits properly with her pants hemmed to JUST the right length. Maybe I've read to many Harry L. Dinkle strips.
The use of the term "Band" is out of control. We need to reign it in immediate to avoid loosing all credibility. So let's clear up some misconceptions.
First, I did not go to college to major in "Band."
I did not graduate with a degree in "Band."
When I was in high school, I did not go home and practice "Band."
I was called a Band Geek in school -- wait, that's a fact not a misconception..and it still hurts!
My mother did not yelled down the stairs -- "Stop Playing BAND and come to dinner."
Band is an ensemble...yes...hold your ears. A BAND, is a group of people, BANNED together to perform music.
I think we all know that "Band" means something much more than Band. Confused yet...you must not be a Band member. I'll go a bit slower. See "Band" can be considered as a spiritual thing whereas Band is a label used to describe a certain type of musical ensemble. I think this is where some have become accepting, comfortable even, with the 20th century use of Band. Now that I think about it, maybe "Band" is a good thing, a higher level of existence even. Focus Mark...
Here are a few ways to rethink the use of "Band."
- Students do not go to Band Lessons. They participate in "Instrumental Music" lessons.
- Students are not taught by Band Directors. Band directing is an activity that some music teachers are skilled at. When participating in the activity of Band, the person at the front of the room, normally holding a baton can be called, the "Band Director." When this person is not in front of the Band, they are more appropriately called an Instrumental Music Instructor, or Teacher of Instrumental Music, or Director of Instrumental Music.
- Oh, here's a biggy. There is no such thing as "Band Class." I shiver when I hear that one.
Do you have examples of how the term "Band" is misused. Let us know...and have some fun too! :-)
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