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By musicteacher / Thursday 12 March 2015 10:23 / United States
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Yeah for choir and band rehearsals that is reasonable, but for instrumental lessons, it is not. Students learning to play instruments need lots of help.

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Most of my regular classes have at least 40 students. We had a big surge of new students this year and our school building is too small for them. In some places a bigger class size is normal

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When I was at my high school we had one band teacher during my concert band practice we had 60 students, but during marching band we had 150 students in it. But it also included eight grade middle schoolers (bout. 10 kids) and my school was small. We got to be in the rose parade multiple times and go to Disneyland two to three times a year to play there. And many competitions we won. Luckily the school gave the arts department (art, band, choir) a lot more funding then the sports.

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If its a band or choir class that's a fairly normal size... In my high school we had 3 band sections, freshmen, concert band, and wind ensemble for the best players. Each section had 30-50 kids. This is at a small town public school that is in the top 100 music programs in the country, so it isn't always about funding. Depends on the situation.

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All of this is making me sad, especially #19 and #26. In my grade 12 music class we had to do a split with grade 11 because total there were 11 of us. I never had better instruction in my life and improved so much that year. The most I ever had in any class in elementary/middle/high school was 21 and now I feel really lucky. Thanks Canada! <3

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Ouch. I'm sorry! I have 15 kids in my homeroom 2nd grade class, but we switch for language and math. I have 18 at the most. However, 2/3 of my students have autism or a different disability. The rooms were also designed for a maximum of 10, so we are cramped! I also started the year without even a pencil sharpener. There's education funding, right?

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Try having only 5 students in advanced band class.. Playing junior high music. It's saddening to me how much my school's music program has degraded over the years.

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That's pretty amazing that you've never had one student throw up in your class in 9 years. I teach preschool and had 3 kids throw up in my room yesterday alone (Granted, there's a bug going around.) Hope you feel better OP!

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