Every time I go to a school concert I come out shaking my head. It's all very well done. It's all sweet. The Grade 1s get up and do an adorable rendition of something followed by the dance club (made up mostly of the younger kids). The Grade 2s perform, the Choir performs, and the grade 3s perform. We all ooooh and aaaaah, and remark at how cute it all is. Then, finally, the school band performs (made up of grade 7 and 8 students.) I look around the gym to see it a quarter full ... when it started out packed with many parents standing in the aisles and at the back as there weren't enough chairs. You see, the parents get up and leave as soon as their own child is finished performing so that by the time the band plays, most of the parents have left. ARGGGGGG!
I know people are busy. I know little ones need to get home and into bed, but really! Would it really make that much difference to stay for another 15 minutes more to support a music group that spends hours, and hours practising. These students are at school at 7 a.m. twice a week to rehearse, and give up a nutrition break twice a week for the same thing. They take their instruments home to practise their parts.
I really feel bad for the music teacher who has dedicated soooo much time, money, and effort into creating a great music programme for the kids. Yesterday, he was at school by 7 a.m. for a practise. After a full day of teaching, he had to rush off to Burlington for a Halton Junior Jazz Band rehearsal (board run, but he volunteers his time to direct the band). The rehearsal was from 4 - 6. Then he had to rush back to Oakville, to the school, for the school's Christmas concert which started at 7. After all that, 3/4 of the parent population leave the concert before the band even played! ARRRRRRGGGGG!
OK, rant over.