My Band Director In High School

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The Philosophy of My Band Director

When thinking about my band director in high school, I see her as an interventionist in Wolfgang and Glickman’s classroom management philosophy. Since my junior year of high school, I have observed my band director in her middle school band classes. Because her ensemble numbers have been growing rapidly, she has turned into an interventionist. She does not give the students much free time because they have the opportunity to get very loud and out of control. Her 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band classes all consist of more than 60 students and just one teacher. In this situation, I think that it is good that she is an interventionist, because if she were a noninterventionist and gave the students more power,
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When a teacher has referent power, then the students identify with the teacher. In and out of the band classroom, I can always see that my band director is expressing care and concern about her students. She never seems to leave the students hanging in the dark, and is always willing to help them, even if it is with something that is not related to band. In Skinner and Rodgers behaviorist-humanist framework, I see my director as a behaviorist. In Skinner’s behaviorism model, he says that it is possible to quickly change student’s behavior and maintain it. In her middle school band ensembles, my band director always has that one kid who constantly has a behavior problem. If my band director just looks at the student and gives them a look, then they know that they need to straighten up. Most times, this technique works and the student sits in his/her seat and behaves for the rest of class. In Lewis’ Keeping It Simple behavior philosophy, I see my band director as one who has great control. If I were in her position with an ensemble of 60 or more students, I would find it very hard to maintain complete control of the classroom like she does most of the time. In my 4 years of observing and helping with her middle school bands, it was very rare that I saw …show more content…
There are some days that the students are wound up and unfocused, but the classroom never seems to get completely out of control. Being the only teacher in the classroom with 60 or more students has its challenges, but I think that my band director handles it well. One thing that I think aids her in this is being the assistant director for a 150 member marching band at the high school. Therefore, my band director is used to controlling a large group while still maintaining good classroom management. During my four years of observing my band director in her middle school classroom, I have seen a classroom management technique that helps to keep the students under control when they are wild. This technique is having a silent band rehearsal. During a silent rehearsal, the students are not allowed to talk in any way, shape or form to each other or to the director. Likewise, the band director can not speak to the students, but she can write things on the board or give hand motions in order to communicate with the students. This silence rehearsal, in my opinion, is very effective because the students are forced to pay attention to everything the band director is doing. It also calms the students down and keeps the classroom under

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