Approaches to Instrument Demonstration
Music Selection for the Demonstration
In this letter include:
Description of the music program
Clearly detail about the instrument rental process
Discuss the scheduled recruitment informational meeting
If you choose, include a portion of the form to be returned
Schedule Parent Informational Meeting
Create an Exciting Atmosphere
Include the following in the assembly:
By this time, students will be begging to volunteer.
At this point, pass out the informational pack. Be sure to go over the key points and to give the packet to their parents.
Tell students that there is a parent's informational meeting and materials are available then.
Answer a limited number of student questions. Theses may include:
How much do the items cost?
What if I want to quit?
Can you play in the band and orchestra?
What if I can't read music?
Next, under supervision, pass around instruments
Children love to touch and see instruments up close. I recommend passing around instruments. Remove items such as mouthpieces and reeds to avoid having them damaged or lost.
Visit Classrooms for Follow-up
Additional Recruitment Strategies
There are a variety of recruitment strategies that can be used to encourage greater participation in your music program. Recruitment preparation will significantly improve your success. For that reason, the following recruitment strategies will benefit your efforts.
Sell Your Program to Your Audience