Last week I had the opportunity to drop in to the 5th Grade Band Class. My purpose was really just to quickly speak with the teacher, but since he was clearly occupied, I thought I’d sit for a few minutes and just observe the teaching and learning process taking place.
To be clear, I’m ever so slightly biased towards band/music programs. I was forced to take piano lessons as a child, and the family legacy of playing in the band starting in middle school was incredibly strong. My father was a percussionist in the marching band when he was high school at Hillside in the 1970s. Simply put, I always knew that I was going to be in band- at least for a year.
Well, that year ended up being way longer that we all expected. I spent summers going to band camp at UNC-G and made sure to register for band through middle school and high school. I started out playing trumpet, but quickly moved to clarinet after getting my braces and struggling to get any type of sound out of my trumpet.
So, I’m in this band class, and the ENTIRE class is focused on getting the ALL of the clarinet players to get a sound out. Some of the scholars are able to do this effortlessly. Others are competing for front row seats on the struggle bus.
All the while, I’m watching our band teacher repeat the same process- sometimes with students individually, sometimes with the group. He never raises his voice- he’s steady in his delivery of correction and also consistent in providing praise. And as time passes, I watch these students get closer to the goal.
It was, quite simply, the best kind of boring.
Doing something over and over and over and over and over again- until the results came. Accepting correction and praise, making necessary adjustments, and persisting until they reached the goal. It made me mindful of the fact that while we often dislike the boring and mundane tasks, they can also produce the results that we’re searching for if we’re willing to accept correction and praise, make adjustments, and persist.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9 NIV
Until next time…
Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!