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    Christopher Weait
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    In my opinion these are having a serious effect on all music recruitment – not just double reed recruitment: the ebbing of the latest “Baby Boom” (the candidate pool is receding); the recent recession has made people wary of careers in performing or teaching and there are too many post-secondary degree programs for potential music major to choose from.

    #114907

    Dwight Manning
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    Kristie, your daughter is wise to plan ahead and make her intentions clear. Marching band requirements vary widely between districts and schools throughout the country, and those where it is required may make some concessions for a highly recruited oboist. For many double reeders, marching band season is a great opportunity to expand one’s musical skill set on another instrument or perhaps as a drum major. Those pre-med students who persevere may have the great opportunity of performing with one of the growing number of physicians orchestras or bands around the country after beginning their practice–a term applied to both music and medicine.

    Best wishes and keep us posted,
    DM

    #114908

    Dwight Manning
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    I’m glad to see this thread now has over 10,000 views since I proposed this line of inquiry in Feb. 2012. Its puzzling that the dialogue has been advanced by myself and only 11 other contributors. Please join us.

    -looking forward to reading your comments,
    DM

    #114909

    beebejp
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    The key for me during the past 29 years has been building relationships with potential students. My bassoon studio usually has 8-12 students, a few of whom might have scholarships averaging about $3000, and rarely are they acquired solely through a 15 minute audition. My institution has a three week comprehensive summer camp for high school students, and a “Student for a Day” program that is hugely successful. Today a potential music education student attended a music history class, played marimba in percussion methods, received a bassoon lesson, played in both the wind ensemble and the bassoon ensemble, met with the music education program coordinator, and the director of orchestras, and her smile at the end of the day said it all. She felt accepted and valued, and we assessed the potential “fit.” It takes a significant investment of faculty and staff time to do this, and some students are not recruitable for musical or academic reasons, but overall the payoff is well worth it. My institution is rather isolated; 90 minutes from population centers. It can be difficult for faculty to get off campus, but getting potential students to come to us, and making them feel valued, has been the most effective recruiting tool.

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    Dwight Manning
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    #114911

    Shawn
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    One of my greatest success is the fact that in addition to being the college oboe professor. I a. Also a middle and high school band director. I maintain a large private studio and often times some of those students are feeders into my college program. For those that are not serving both positions in my area, the largest problem I see is that they often forget that recruiting begins way back in middle school. “Getting” those kids early and making lessons “fun” for them goes a long way! Both college jobs I have held have resulted in large studios as a result of the private studio feeding into the college studio. I also keep pretty close touch with MANY of the local HS and MS band directors.

    #114912

    Dwight Manning
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    The subject of accountability is a big part of the current national discussion on education. Should college studio teachers be assessed according to the employment outcomes of their students? Should such data be publicly posted and become a significant factor in recruitment and retention?

    -looking forward to reading your thoughts,
    DM

    #114913

    Dwight Manning
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    WANTED: COLLEGE BASSOON PROFESSOR. Teach high school bassoonist; provide info on college admission and performing opportunities; discuss financial aid.

    I had an engaging phone call earlier this week from Deanna, the mother of a high school bassoonist in Oklahoma, who described frustration around the mismatch between the pool of young bassoonists searching for college-level teachers and bassoon professors actively reaching out on the national level. She mentioned that few intra-state and inter-state college bassoon teachers seem to display an on-line presence and outreach efforts that attract the attention of her son and other high school bassoonists seeking opportunities.

    This thread now has nearly 20,000 views over 4 years but very few respondents.

    College bassoon professors–your thoughts?

    -best wishes to those seeking a good fit,
    DM

    #114914

    Dwight Manning
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    30,000 views now since 2012 but only 12 individual contributors. This is your invitation to reply.

    #114915

    Dwight Manning
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    Slides from my presentation at the 2012 CMS Northeast Regional Conference prompted by this forum inquiry are now available at https://www.academia.edu/1981361/Manning_D._2012_March_._Recruitment_and_Retention_in_the_Applied_Studio_A_Survey_of_Practices._College_Music_Society_33rd_Northeast_Regional_Conference._Fredonia_NY

    Happy recruiting to all,
    DM

    #143300

    Dwight Manning
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    Dear colleagues, at long last, the research that began in 2012 with this Forum posting has come to fruition with the publication of Recruitment and Retention in the Applied Music Studio: A Critical Examination of Curricular and Institutional Demands in the College Music Symposium. Read the full article, online in the public domain at https://www.academia.edu/38859792/Recruitment_and_Retention_in_the_Applied_Music_Studio_A_Critical_Examination_of_Curricular_and_Institutional_Demands

    #143773

    Dwight Manning
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    Dear colleagues, at long last, the research that began in 2012 with this Forum posting has come to fruition with the publication of Recruitment and Retention in the Applied Music Studio: A Critical Examination of Curricular and Institutional Demands in the College Music Symposium. Read the full article, online in the public domain at https://www.academia.edu/38859792/Recruitment_and_Retention_in_the_Applied_Music_Studio_A_Critical_Examination_of_Curricular_and_Institutional_Demands

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