Falcon HS Band and Orchestra

Stepping Back From Over-parenting: A Stanford Dean's Perspective


My mother - who had a hard life - tried to protect me from every possible danger. It did more harm than help to me. I became strongest when I joined the Army. In basic training, I was talked to badly, made to do things that really stretched what I thought I could do, and had nobody to support me (except a three minute call once every few weeks). It was one of the best things to happen to me!

As a high school teacher, I see some parents who bring their child's forgotten lunch, jacket, water bottle, etc. None of these items - when missing - will cause harm to the student. I see this even in juniors and seniors. Seniors are often just six months away from being able to fight for our country, get married, have kids, etc. I recently heard this podcast and found it very informative. You may agree or disagree with me or the Stanford dean, but I encourage you to listen.

Link to the podcast: 


Description of the podcast...

"Parents are essential to a child’s development. But when parents get too involved in helping and directing a child’s every move, they can end up doing more harm than good. Former Stanford dean of freshman Julie Lythcott-Haims saw first-hand how parents were interfering with the lives of their college-aged children and keeping them from maturing into self-reliant adults."


A horrible, terrible, no good 4-letter word


There's a four letter word that many of you have running through your mind. It holds you back mentally, physically, emotionallly and spiritually. It was sometimes forced on you as a kid, but it's not something you have to carry with you.

It's hurting you.

You need to let it go.

It fills your mind with bad thoughts and destroys your self-esteem.

It keeps you from doing what marching bands do...Keep Moving Forward

That horrible, terrible, no good word is...



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A Band Director's Dream


Once upon a time there was a band director who had a dream. He dreamt that his students would reach their full potential, that they would make it to state and win awards and competitions, but not because he cared about winning. This band director had nothing to prove to anyone; he just knew what his band was capable of.


This director – we’ll call him Mr. D – set out 11 years ago to make sure his bands were the best they could be, and he saw improvement. The bands went from earning scores of 4 (below average) to 3 (average) and finally to 2 (excellent), but they really struggled to reach that 1 (superior) level. Mr. D worked harder and spent many hours in score study, preparing lesson plans and going to conferences so he could become a better teacher, but that “1” still seemed elusive. The bands grew from 42 students to over 100 students. Still the “1” was elusive. After eight years of this, Mr. D had an Aha moment.


The reason the bands were not progressing was that students were not really practicing on their own. Oh they practiced occasionally on their music, and they received practice in class, but to really achieve their full potential they needed to practice on their own.


Two years ago, Mr. D found out about a program developed by a long tern music teacher and college professor – Dr. Satterwhite – which was called “The Power in the Progress” system. It is a comprehensive, self paced practice system that aims to develop self motivated, independent musicians who play with great tone, technique and interpretation. Mr. D incorporated the system immediately.


Overall it was a success with 1/3 of students going beyond what they are required to do, 1/3 meeting their minimum requirements (albeit often late), but the final 1/3 really resisting the practicing. Mr. D assumed since the monthly requirements could be completed with less than two hours of practice a month that students would jump on board and that the bands would finally achieve the superior ratings they were capable of. But alas, band is a total team effort, and that 1/3 held back our progress.


Mr. D has not forgotten his dream! He still believes the bands are capable of superior ratings, but


THEY have to want it,

THEY have to work for it,

THEY have to hold their peers accountable.


He sees two things holding students back…




In life, it’s easier to stay ahead of the game. It’s easier to prepare in advance than to always be playing catch up. Pay now or pay later! Lack of taking time to exercise now might mean a triple bypass later (with corresponding time spent that’s not optional). Lack of spending time with a spouse now may mean counseling later. The hardest part of any task is often getting started.




Many of the students play well, but one minor item in their assessment prevents them from playing it for Mr. D. It might be a high note they can’t quite reach, or a term they don’t understand, or a rhythm they can’t decipher. The interesting thing is that with 1 minute of coaching, the students are often able to perform what they thought they couldn’t. The fear held them back. Fear is a dangerous wolf seeking to devour our productivity and what we are called to do.


The dream is alive, but Mr. D no longer assumes responsibility for getting bands to the superior level. He offers himself every single one of his lunch breaks to students who want to join him in the dream. He often can be found staying after school to help students overcome their procrastination and fear. He invites them to join him in this dream…


that the band students at Falcon HS will reach their full potential and play at a Superior level,


that they will make it to State and win competitions,


not because winning is important, but because it’s what we are capable of doing,


because we weren’t born to be average or mediocre,


because what we learn in the music class can be applied to most endeavors in life.



Mr. D

aka Mr. Divine



I wasn't always this way


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Time to set some goals!


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Rated G#

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Marching Band is Needed Now More Than Ever


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The teacher everyone is talking about


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What to do when your child complains about his teacher


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