Middle school band director tunes in to each individual in the classroom
This story is part of a series that celebrates outstanding educators within the Flipgrid community. Stories by Angela Tewalt.
The bustle of a band room is a comforting, obvious noise.
You might hear the screech of a music stand, the knock of a cymbal, the tap tap of the baton or the click click of a case as the trumpet is unveiled.
There’s the tuning horns, the practicing winds, the humming voices and the percussionist finding his beat. It’s music all on its own, for sure, but this is a collective sound, something made together by a group of 60 or more.
And in band director Theresa Ducassoux’s classroom, it might sound just a bit different.
A confident lone trumpeter, for example, or a single student voice speaking bravely in front of the room.
Her students make music together every day – with their combined practicing winds, tuning horns, supportive taps of the feet – but in Theresa’s classroom and with all the conviction in her heart, that music begins with one.
“This is not my band program,” says Theresa, who has been teaching music in Northern Virginia for nearly 20 years. “This is our band program. It’s about what the kids want and what each kid can do, and I just want each of them to think of themselves as a musician, not just playing in the band.”
That continued empowerment of the individual makes for the beginning of a beautiful bustle, indeed.