Monthly Archives: January 2016

Questions Project

  1. How do you encourage musical creativity in every student?
  2. How can you deal with conflict between students?
  3. Can you connect teachings of academic/core classes to music education?
  4. How do you keep students focused during long rehearsals?
  5. How do you teach students to balance their academics and their music?
  6. How do you cater to each student’s musical styles?
  7. How do you choose the best music for any performance?
  8. How do you keep students from getting discouraged when music gets more difficult?
  9. What is the best way to keep competition within an ensemble at a minimum?
  10. How do you balance your personal life with your work life?
  11. How do you deal with parents that have a problem with the way you are running your program?
  12. How do you support each student without showing favoritism?
  13. What if you have to teach a type of class that you are not used to teaching?
  14. How do you devote enough time to each ensemble or class?
  15. How do you establish good relationships with students?
  16. What is the best way to deal with disruptive students?
  17. What procedures do you need to establish to run effective rehearsals?
  18. What is the best way to run effective rehearsals?
  19. How do you use technology to help with teaching?
  20. How much technology can you have in the classroom?
  21. How much freedom do you have in choosing teaching materials?
  22. If you are not completely familiar with an instrument how are you going to be able to help students?
  23. How many students am I going to have?
  24. How do you dedicate time to each student?
  25. How are you going to be able to teach students one-on-one?
  26. How do you teach the importance of basic technique?
  27. How do you teach the basics of each instrument?
  28. How do you encourage students to practice at home?
  29. What is the best way to keep students motivated?
  30. How do you keep students involved with the program?
  31. If a program is struggling what is the best way to help it?
  32. How do you organize fundraisers to support your music programs?
  33. How do you teach theory without having a separate class for it?
  34. How do you teach students to take care of their instruments?
  35. Would the ideal situation of students be to have one instrument at home and one at school?
  36. What if students don’t have a way of getting the instrument they need?
  37. How do you teach students how to practice at home?
  38. How do you show parents and students the importance of music education?
  39. Why is music education important?
  40. How do you deal with different levels of musicians within an ensemble?
  41. Does competition help/hinder music education?
  42. How do you keep percussionists on task during full ensemble rehearsals?
  43. What is the best way to chose suitable repertoire for an ensemble?
  44. What is the best way to teach the concept of tuning?
  45. What are some classroom management techniques that will allow for a more effective rehearsal?
  46. What percentage of a rehearsal should be designated toward technique and what percentage toward music rehearsal?
  47. Is it enough to use repertoire alone to teach technique?
  48. How do you effectively teach an ensemble with students of vastly different playing abilities (some play at a 6th grade level, some at a 10th grade level, etc.)?
  49. How do you keep a booster program separate from the band program (the running of them)?
  50. How do you determine if you need more staff/help for particular ensembles (like jazz and marching band)?
  51. How do you determine the best people to hire should you need additional staff?
  52. How do you teach students the importance of balancing school and extracurricular activities like music?
  53. How do you evaluate each student’s progress?
  54. How often to music standards change?
  55. How do you keep up with new music standards?
  56. How do you build lesson plans?
  57. How do you keep up with lesson plans?
  58. How do you deal with ensembles not being ready for performances?
  59. How can you teach students with learning disabilities?
  60. With students’ constantly changing musical styles and tastes, how do you keep them interested in a program that may require them to perform music they don’t particularly like?
  61. How do you cater to and respect each students’ cultural backgrounds?
  62. How do you convince students that the skills they are learning through music education will carry on and help them through their lives?
  63. Depending on the socioeconomic status of the student, will they be responsible for supplying their own instrument?
  64. How much support will schools give to music programs in order to keep students from being put out financially?
  65. How can you help students stay in a program if they are struggling financially?
  66. How much can you expect students to supply, in regards to performance dress code?
  67. How effective will practice logs be, signed by the students’ guardian?
  68. What would the ideal amount of practice time be outside of full ensemble rehearsals?
  69. How can you be strict without coming off as rude or controlling?
  70. With the end result of a performance in mind, how do you hold each student accountable for being prepared?
  71. How do you encourage students that are struggling to keep working?
  72. How can you give feedback to students with combining constructive criticism and encouragement?