Each of the following workshops are designed to address your specific needs. We come to your school and work with just your group.
Do you want to get more out of your student leaders during concert season?
Many of the groups we work with us come to us initially because they want more from their leaders during concert season.
When concert season starts, you may be eager to jump into your concert literature without worrying about team-building. Unfortunately, your student leaders wont clearly understand their responsibilities.
Unlike marching band, where student leaders have highly defined roles,
student leaders in concert bands are often uncertain about their responsibilities.
- Concert music is more difficult.
- Students perceive less urgency because there are no longer regular football
games and contests.
When student leaders do not have specifically defined roles, they forget
about their function and act like normal members. This is why concert bands
often lose focus, cohesion and efficiency.
Once marching band season is over, give your leaders the tools they
need to be more effective leaders during your concert season.
How will our student leader workshop improve your concert
- Students will learn leadership principles that they can apply in and out
of the classroom.
- Your leaders will acquire techniques for building
- Your leader team will pick up tools for working with students
who need more help.
- Your student leaders will clearly define their roles as leaders during
- Your leaders will build a strong unity among the leader team.
- Your students will build momentum which will continue working for you
throughout your music program and all year long.
In short, after the workshop, you will see a united effort from your
leaders because they will understand and buy into their function in the band
and have the tools to carry out their role.
Lets talk about how a student leader workshop could make your concert
season more successful!
The one-day Leader Candidate Training Workshop will help identify future
student leaders while giving your leaders training in advance of their audition.
These one-day workshops are generally conducted in January, February, March
or April. This workshop can involve as many as 50 students, depending on
the size of your program.
This workshop will help you determine which potential leaders will become
your student leaders for the upcoming year. There are many opportunities in this
one day workshop for you to see how your students participate, communicate their
ideas, demonstrate insight, follow directions, adapt under pressure, are service-oriented
and give their best effort.
The Leader Candidate Training Workshop will consist of some lecture, one-on-one activities, as well
as team-building and goal-setting activities for the entire group.
Your drum major and band president candidates will have an opportunity to
lead the group in an activity to see how they handle the pressure and how their
peers respond to them.
Towards the end of the workshop, your students will be asked to come up with
collective goals that will help them improve personally and propel your organization
to the next level.
Following the workshop you get a better indication of which students best
use the training to become your most consistent and most service oriented leaders
during your concert season.
Ultimately, participants will build a greater sense of community in your
program resulting in increased momentum, focus and enthusiasm for your concert
and upcoming marching band seasons.
The two-day workshop is designed to properly train your chosen student
- develop their own
strengths and the strengths of their fellow leaders
- build a cohesive "team attitude" throughout the student leader team and band
- increase problem-solving ability under time duress
- effectively communicate with staff, fellow student leaders and students
- understand why people misbehave and implement positive and respectful consequences
This is the cornerstone workshop that gives your student leader team the
most comprehensive training. This two-day workshop will help create a cohesive
team of leaders who more fully understand their roles as leaders and how to best
serve their band. You will also know at the end of this workshop how to better
use your leaders within your system.
An added benefit will be that your drum majors, band president and possibly
band vice president will be running the workshop for upwards of 2 hours. They
will receive additional training to help with this responsibility throughout
You will see how your drum majors, band president and vice-president learn
to handle pressure and how their peers respond.
The goal of the three-day workshop expands on the two-day workshop,
to give your student leader team more in-depth training. Your leadership
team will better understand themselves and their fellow leaders and will learn
specific skills in working with their peers. In addition, there
is an option to include in the first day of training those students who just
missed being chosen leaders. This is especially helpful if those students are
seniors or underclassmen who show leadership potential. So, the choice is either
to have more in-depth training for your leaders for three days or to incorporate
more students in the process so that all the students present will develop increased
comfort in working together.
The one-day follow-up session will incorporate the entire band, ultimately
generating a tighter bond and more collective focus throughout your program.
There are 3 phases to this day. The first phase is an accountability and
fine-tuning session with your chosen student leaders. The second phase is a training
session with the students who were not chosen student leaders. The third phase
involves incorporating the whole band in this process. This workshop has been
very successful in further unifying the student leader teams with their bands.
The three-hour tune-up session is designed to help student leaders
reinforce the material learned in the 2-day workshop. This session
offers additional training, fine tuning and the opportunity for your leaders to
the opportunity to ask questions as needed.
The booster parent workshop is designed to help parents become more
knowledgeable about the band activity, and increase their ability to work together
as a cohesive team. This workshop is usually five hours in duration.
It informs the parents about how their student leaders are being trained,
helps them garner a better understanding of your total responsibilities as their
band director, and helps them evolve as a more cohesive booster parent team.
A teacher in-service is also available. Topics will be
determined based on your need. This workshop can be a half day to two days
The leadership workshop for junior high programs will introduce students
to leadership principles. This workshop will emphasize the importance of service,
help them build their confidence and teach them to work together better. Ultimately, they will be better prepared to excel at your high school. This workshop is usually one day in duration. Please let me know of any junior high directors who you believe may be interested in these workshops.
Please understand that any of these workshops will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be officially reserved when you fax a signed agreement.