Hello Modern Teachers,

I hope that this message finds you well in body and mind. A major life event for any teenager is finally earning their driver’s license. So what would happen if we gave our students an instrumental license after they master the basics of their instrument? Well, I can tell you first hand that the “instrumental license” concept works wonders with your beginning instrumental program. A few years ago, I started handing these “licenses” out to my fifth graders that demonstrated a basic proficiency on their instruments. Not only did it give the students tangible proof that they accomplished something awesome, but it also boosted my recruitment numbers. This was due to the fact that many of the fifth graders wanted a cool license like their friends had. At the end of the day a five cent piece of card stock drastically improved the quality and perseverance of the ensemble. As a result i thought I would share it below!

Instrumental License

Stay Curious,



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